Explaining the Sigils of THE MANDALORIAN

Now that The Mandalorian has made us all fall in love with the galaxy’s best dad and his beautiful green son, it’s the perfect time to look back on the first season and break down some of the biggest reveals and deep cut Easter eggs that the series had to offer. Episode eight, “The Redemption,” gave us a lot of big lore moments including multiple Mandalorian sigils that tell us a whole lot about the titular hero and the world he comes from.

Baby yoda holds a pendant with a mandalorian symbol on it


In one of the episode’s most emotional moments, we see the Mandalorian, a.k.a. Din Djarin, take off a necklace featuring the best known Mandalorian sigil, that of Boba Fett. The horned skull is a mysterious symbol in Star Wars lore and is officially known only as the Mandalorian “Krybes.” A popular theory is that it’s the skull of the legendary Mythosaur, a massive creature that was said to run rampant over the planet of Mandalore in ages long past. That’s why you may hear people refer to it as the Mythosaur. But depending on your school of thought, the origin of this sigil can be traced back to sources as varied as a simple Bantha Skull all the way through a dedication to an ancient Jedi warrior.

The fact that the Mandalorian has a pendant of the Mythosaur could mean everything or nothing. Is it a connection to the Fetts? Or is this simply the most prolific and recognizable Mandalorian sigil? As Din gave this pendant to The Child, we can probably assume he was given it when he was a foundling like his new young charge. Perhaps as the pair adventures around the galaxy, we’ll find out just where Din got the interesting heirloom from.

A mandalorian saves the young boy


Also in the finale, we finally learned just who the Mando who saved Din was. Though many fans had assumed that it was Boba Fett, we now know that the hero was from another clan all together. And in exciting news for fans of The Clone Wars, the sigil they wore on their armor was hugely important to wider Star Wars lore. The jagged sigil is best known as the “Secret Mandalore” which references the fact that the symbol was used to separate the clan from the “True Mandalorians” who followed the surrogate father of Jango Fett, Jaster Mareel.

For fans of The Clone Wars, the symbol inspired by the Mandalore shriek-hawk holds a particular significance as the symbol of House Vizsla and the Deathwatch who played a major role in the popular animated series. Vizsla and the Death Watch who saved the Mandalorian and wore the sigil are also deeply connected to the Dark Saber weapon that we saw Moff Gideon wielding at the end of the episode as they were the creators of the blade. If we look at the timeline, there’s a possibility that Din was saved by fan favorite character Bo-Katan Kryze’s Mandalorian cell, but we’ll have to wait until season two to discover if that’s the case.

the mandalorian's sigil


The newest sigil that we saw was the one that The Armorer bestowed on the Mandalorian and his foundling son, Baby Yoda. In case you didn’t immediately understand the significance of the symbol representing “the clan of two,” throw your mind back to episode two of The Mandalorian. In this episode, Din faced down a huge rhino-like creature known as a Mud Horn. Just as the beast was about to end the warrior, Baby Yoda used the Force to stop the animal and help his adopted daddy escape. The Armorer crafted a skeletal version of the beast to celebrate the connection between the two and their collaboration in survival.

Fordo stands looking shocked

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Despite the fact that we have yet to see some of the other famous Mandalorian sigils, they could still come into play. One of the potential additions would be the Jaig Eyes, which were awarded to brave Mandalorians who had performed feats of courage or sacrifice during battle. The other most obvious to come up in season two is the ancient symbol of the True Mandalorians which slightly resembles the Mythosaur and was first seen around 730 BBY.

If you think that’s as far back as the sigils go, you’d be mistaken, as both the Mandalorian Crusaders and the Neo Crusaders predated the Battle of Yavin by millennia. Both symbols are steeped in mystery, but as Dave Filoni is key to The Mandalorian and we know that he’s clearly been influential in adding the Dark Saber and other Mandalorian lore, season two could be the perfect place to dive into some of the deep mythos that he is so well known for crafting and creating.

You can stream all episodes of The Mandalorian on Disney+ now.

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