WARNING: This article contains slight spoilers for the Disney+ original series, The Mandalorian.
The wildly popular Disney+ show The Mandalorian, starring Pedro Pascal, not only took the Star Wars community by storm in 2019 but also won over new audiences. One defining characteristic of the streaming show is the detail concerning the Mandalorian helmet. It is a serious matter of their creed never to allow another creature to see them without their helmet, meaning they rarely ever remove it, and certainly not in public.
A question arose on Reddit after The Mandalorian season three, episode four, also known as “Chapter 20: The Foundling,” when a foundling is spotted wearing a questionable-looking helmet. The back of the helmet is entirely open, with two leather straps holding the sides together.
Fans were quick to take to the internet to discuss the possible snafu. Audiences are sensitive when taken out of the world of the TV show they’re watching. (Take, for instance, the water bottle incident in Game of Thrones.) Star Wars fans, however, are some of the most loyal and sticklers for the details.
Some viewers readily wrote off the issue to movie costuming, suggesting that the designer made a mistake and the camera was never meant to see it. Costume designer for the Mandalorian, Shawna Trpcic, is a seasoned professional, though, which makes the scenario unlikely. Trpcic also designed costumes for The Book of Boba Fett.
Others felt there might not be an issue at all, considering that the foundling’s face is still covered, no covenant was broken. This led other fans to question the rule itself and whether a Mandalorian must keep their entire head covered or just their face. It’s worth noting, however, that there seems to be canvas or another fabric covering the back of the Mandalorian’s head anyway, so no hair or skin is actually visible.
Lastly, people defended the helmet style within the world of the story. A child Mandalorian would have to accommodate a growing and changing body and, therefore, may use a training helmet with more flexibility and less formality. Others raised a lack of sponsorship argument in the procurement of Mandalorian armor.
Though it’s not confirmed, Shawna Trpcic may have even designed the helmet this way with special needs children in mind. Check out this claim made on Facebook:
Star Wars fans, what are your thoughts on this hot topic??