The Mandalorian Just Became Star Wars' John Wick

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WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the third episode of The Mandalorian, "The Sin," streaming now on Disney+.

The Mandalorian has lived up to billing as a space Western that truly Pedro Pascal's titular bounty hunter in a dangerous spot as he grows a conscience over Baby Yoda. In the latest episode, after dropping the alien off for the Client (Werner Herzog), "Mando," as he's affectionately called by Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), has a change of heart and takes out the Imperial compound to rescue the baby (and newly-minted Internet star.).

However, what ensues is a chase and a setup for a firefight that's almost identical to the conclusion of John Wick: Chapter 2.

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The Mandalorian simply can't leave "the Kid" behind to be dissected, since it reminds him of how he suffered as an orphan. He raids the compound and extracts the baby but spares Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi), who we assume to be a Kamino cloner. Even though he said he wanted to save Baby Yoda too, Pershing probably would've alerted the Client about Mando's betrayal.

We can assume he did just this because as Mando tries to leave to planet, he passes a plethora of fellow bounty hunters on the way out. It's not an easy waltz by any stretch of the imagination, and he's caught dead in the gaze of them all, with a creeping tension as all the red lights in their tracking fobs go off. They turn their attention towards him in very sinister fashion  as he tries to exit to his ship, with dozens of them quickly dropping what they're doing to follow him. Simply put, you don't backstab the Bounty Hunters' Guild, because while this code of not leaving kids to suffer might be the Mandalorian way, it's not theirs.

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Now, at this point seeing the hunters all eyeing and tailing Mando is reminiscent of what Keanu Reeves' John Wick endured in his second film. After killing Santino on Continental grounds, the boss Winston declared John "ex-communicado," stripping him of all access and privileges to the fraternity's underworld resources. A badly wounded John limped out the hotel with his new dog, but a global bounty was placed on the assassin's head since he broke a major rule. John had a one hour head start. Still, as he gingerly made his way through New York trying to find an escape route, dozens of cellphones began ringing around him. This set-up the third film, Parabellum, with the global contract offered and hitmen then attacking John.

In John's case, he didn't have a baby with him, and he had a dog who had nothing to do with his guild. But the principle remained the same -- one cannot spit on the rules of the fraternity. John disrespected his guild's law and the Mandalorian has done the same, even if he was being more altruistic than John, who committed his sin out of disdain and revenge for Santino's arrogant and thuggish ways. Instead of phones, Jon Favreau's bounty hunters use fobs but the way the red lights all come on are similar to the cell phones lighting up when John tried to leave. In other words, Mando and John find themselves in similar positions-- wounded men trying to flee their own kind.

They're both excommunicated, with Greef now coming after the Mandalorian too. Greef doesn't offer Mando aid like Winston did to John. However, it's worth noting that John and Winston eventually became enemies as Winston tried to take care of himself and the Continental at the expense of John's life in Parabellum. Greef turns on the bounty hunter immediately, though, since he's purely motivated by greed, knowing full well the Client will pay big time for Mando's head and Baby Yoda's return. Ultimately, both are men of honor on the run who needed special rogue fraternities to help their mission out as they're anti-heroes who simply believe in justice, albeit conveniently.

John turned to the Bowery King, the Director of the ballet and Sofia, and while Mando didn't seek anyone out here, his fellow Mandalorians came to help, guns blazing and jetpacks roaring. This paved the way for Mando to escape into space, now the most hunted man in the galaxy, and leaves him much like John after the last two films ended, knowing a war's coming. In John's case, his enemies of the High Table want his head to satisfy their ego, but the Client and Hunters' Guild simply want Mando put down for being a traitor who stole one of the biggest prizes in the cosmos. It helps that bringing the Mandalorian in would gather these jealous fiends an epic payday, of course, which makes Baby Yoda the marker of death in the Star Wars Universe.

Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. A new episode arrives each Friday on Disney+.

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