Nothing captures my attention more than a good romance story. I grew up being a hopeless romantic, always rooting for people to fall in love and live happily ever after. I never kicked the habit, and it has only intensified over the past few years. If I’m not shipping my favorite characters in television shows and movies, my head is stuck in a romance book somewhere.
So it’s no surprise how I completely fell in love with Chapter 4 of The Mandalorian. Plenty of things happened, but I want to focus on the chemistry between our protagonist and the beautiful young widow, Omera (Julia Jones).
Star Wars isn’t a stranger to romance, but the really good, wholesome relationships are far and few in between. This relationship — at least, the one we could have had — sits up there at the top with some of my favorites: Cut and Suu Lawquane, Ursa and Alrich Wren, Imanuel and Venisa Doza, and Mira and Ephraim Bridger, just to name a few. Sure, they didn’t get a lot of screen time, but each one of those relationships tugged at my heart and my imagination.
Knowing Omera and the Mandalorian had that potential made my heart soar. I understand he has his own journey to take and that makes complete sense for the story, but I want to highlight a few observations I made throughout the episode and how these small moments intensified my feelings for them.
After the Mandalorian settles in, Omera stops by to give him some food. What I love most about this shared scene is how he willingly offers details about his past to her. In Chapters 1 and 3, his violent flashbacks surface when the Armorer pounds away at the beskar, forcing them out of him in order to benefit us as the audience. This is how we get to know about his origin. With Omera, however, he volunteers the information freely and with ease. The scene isn’t punctuated by loud banging sounds or blinding flashes. It’s calm and inviting, just like Omera.
Later in the episode, when she shoots her target successfully and his head immediately turns to focus on her, I like to think the connection that happened there is more profound that him just feeling impressed by her skill. Weapons are his thing. It’s one of the first details we see in his ship back at the start of the series, when Mythrol opens a compartment filled with a variety of weapons. He also told Kuiil in Chapter 2, “I’m a Mandalorian. Weapons are part of my religion.” I have no doubt her expert use of one of his own rifles made her more attractive.
This next part also had me internally screaming. I know people are desperate to see Pedro Pascal remove the helmet because his face is too beautiful to keep hidden under there, but I absolutely love how his helmet is a blank slate because that allows us to put ourselves in the moment and imagine what he’s expressing. When Omera exits the barn and comes to stand in front of him, I couldn’t help but let my imagination fill in the blanks. His helmet is directly focused on her for a few good seconds, so that means he’s staring back at her just as intensely as she is staring back at him. There is tension there as if things are being left unsaid between them before going into battle.
Also, did anyone else notice the color of the rag he was using to clean his pulse rifle? It was red. It immediately reminded me of the red string of fate concept, where two people connected by this red thread are destined to be lovers. I know I’m grasping at straws here, but the choice of colors in this episode is something I can’t ignore.
Omera wore different shades of blue, a color that’s often associated with the sky and the ocean — things that are constant and have depth. Omera is essentially someone he can trust and rely on. Enter the red rag. As we all know, red represents passion. We know the Mandalorian is someone who’s passionate because he’s passionate about his weapons, his religion, and his traditions. We also know how passionate he was in his determination to rescue the Child. He risked everything in the process.
Red also represents desire. When Omera says he and his boy can have a good life there and asks him, “Wouldn’t that be nice?” There is a longing in his voice when he replies, “It would.” His voice even cracks in the process.
What breaks my heart in the end is how he’s not willing to give up his way of life. (At least, not at that point.) He became a Mandalorian within this particular tribe at such a young age. It’s all he’s ever known, so I can understand how it’s extremely daunting to give up something that makes up a huge part of his identity.
The Mandalorian is such a fascinating character because he’s a bounty hunter by nature, and before the Child stepped into the picture, all he did was capture bounties across the galaxy in order to help his tribe. Being a bounty hunter a lonely existence. The Child gave him a reason to diverge from his lone wolf routine, probably because he saw himself — a foundling — in another foundling. In doing so, however, he essentially picked the Child over his tribe. What Omera offers him is tempting, but it put him in the position to choose over his tribe again. Having already done it once, he wasn’t willing to do it again.
Their story, albeit brief, is so bittersweet and incredibly well done. Needless to say, this episode means a lot to me as a fan of the romance genre. The hopeless romantic in me hopes the Mandalorian ends up on Sorgan again. If not, that’s what fanfiction is for.
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