5 Heroes/Factions Who Could Help Mando With Baby Yoda (& 5 Who Could Betray Him)

Safety is an illusion in Star Wars as even the very confines of the Jedi Temple back in the days of the Galactic Republic are subject to cutthroat betrayals. One can only imagine just how much harsher it is outside of the Jedi’s domain. Hence, Din Djarin’s plight with Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian is understandable. The life he treks is fraught with treachery and double-crossing.

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In fact, that has happened way too many times in both seasons of the series, even though the second one is still ongoing. It’s not that Mando can’t trust some of the heroes and factions of Star Wars anymore but rather, he should be picky with whom to ask help with Baby Yoda. There are still some pure hearts and honest souls left in the galaxy and at the same time, some factions ought to be avoided, making Mando’s mission more difficult.

10 Help: Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka Tano

Taking care of an infantile Force-user is not something many parents or guardians can afford. That’s why seeking out another Force-user that actually understands their own kind and has also fostered many surviving Younglings of Order 66 would have been a huge help. That Force-user would be none other than Ahsoka Tano, the legendary Jedi outcast.

What’s even more amazing about her is that she mostly acts out of goodwill and in accordance with the Force, regardless of how it aligns with the Jedi code. That makes Ahsoka the most trustworthy help Mando can get. If the fan theories are anything to go by, then this might be the most obvious route for Mando.

9 Betray: Clan Fett

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Boba Fett has already made an appearance in the first episode of season 2 of The Mandalorian and his motivations remain unknown. There is a big chance that he might appear again but seeing as his allegiance remains murky, Mando might be better off not trusting Boba.

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After all, Boba could still be a bounty hunter first and foremost. There’s also the fact that he might either be a fake or an outlaw Mandalorian according to Canon lore. Boba could well set a trap again for Mando, who is technically a fugitive with a huge bounty on his head. Moreover, there’s no assurance that Boba’s time in the Sarlacc pit made him rethink his grudge for the Jedi and Force-users.

8 Help: Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi

Of course, there is also the most obvious choice of help that Mando could have gone for straight away, the biggest war hero in his current timeline, Luke Skywalker. During the events of The Mandalorian, Luke is most likely rebuilding the Jedi Order again with him at the head, training some budding Jedi, and even scouting the galaxy for Force-sensitives.

The thing is, Mando didn’t see Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance in the same light as the viewers, hence the skepticism and mistrust. On top of that, the Jedi are also sworn enemies of Mandalorians and there’s still friction between the two factions. Nevertheless, Luke’s arms would have been the safest place for Baby Yoda.

7 Betray: Hutt Cartel

For all the time that Mando spent in the hot sands of Tatooine, he made a good call not asking for the help of the Hutt Cartel. After all, Tatooine is one of their most powerful strongholds, though the Hutt Cartel’s influence has weakened after Jabba’s death.

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Even so, the Hutt Cartel’s vast reach and power could have easily netted Mando some crucial info or protection— only to be betrayed soon after since these guys are a bunch of conniving backstabbers. They change sides on a whim shifting from the Galactic Republic to Darth Maul’s criminal empire during the Clone Wars and eventually the Galactic Empire. It’s safe to assume they’ll bet on the First Order and sell Baby Yoda.

6 Help: The New Republic

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Turns out Mando didn’t even need to seek out Luke Skywalker, the closest help he can get was chasing him all along in the latest episode at the time of writing, “The Confrontation.” That would be the New Republic which constantly requisitions X-Wing patrols to scour for remnants of the Imperial Forces. The two X-Wing pilots that Mando encountered even seemed solid and trustworthy individuals.

The two of them could have taken Mando and Baby Yoda straight to Leia Organa. Leia Organa also had connections with Ahsoka Tano and more importantly, Luke Skywalker. Moreover, she could have easily offered protection for the two fugitives since the New Republic was practically the new superpower in the galaxy after the events of Return of the Jedi and before the First Order sprouted like a mushroom.

5 Betray: Canto Bight’s DJ

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Another person who could have easily pointed out where Mando needs to go through some hacking and security breaching expertise is the so-called DJ. He’s the shady slicer who resides in Canto Bight and helped Finn and Rose with an urgent errand.

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With someone like that, the advantages could be huge and Mando can easily avoid patrols or find out secret locations. Too bad DJ only cares about profiteering from both warring sides and won’t hesitate to betray Mando so he can sell Baby Yoda to the highest bidder. He’s already done this to Finn.

4 Help: Maz Kanata

Since the old Yoda is already dead long before Mando even found Baby Yoda, the next wisest placeholder prophesizer would be none other than Maz Kanata. Much like old Yoda, she’s around a millennium old and has a reputation among her peers. In her case, it’s the “pirate queen” because she maintains a sanctuary for shady people on the planet Takodana.

Even so, she has her own code and helps fugitives no matter what. She never betrayed Rey nor Finn back in The Force Awakens. That makes her an automatic ally in the eyes of the Resistance or the New Republic. For that matter, Mando would do well in seeking her out.

3 Betray: Chalmun And His Spaceport Cantina

Star Wars: Mos Eisley Cantina patrons in A New Hope

Chalmun is the Wookie owner of Chalmun’s Spaceport Cantina, otherwise known as Mos Eisley Cantina— otherwise known as the most wretched hive of scum and villainy, according to a rambling old Jedi. Even so, it’s where Luke and company found Han Solo (and they admittedly got lucky).

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Mando probably doesn’t have that same sort of luck with the giant target on his head. Chalmun’s Cantina, despite being a haven for bounty hunters, smugglers, and thieves, is a place devoid of honor. While it might contain some valuable info regarding Mando’s needs, it’s too high-risk and low-reward.

2 Help: Nite Owls

Who better to help Mando than his fellow Mandalorians, namely Bo-Katan, Duchess Satine’s sister— both of them high-ranking people in Mandalore themselves. Bo-Katan also happens to have her own Mandalorian splinter group named the Nite Owls.

They helped Obi-Wan stabilize Mandalore after several coups and intervention from Darth Maul. Presumably, the Nite Owls and their members or former members are still active and are still willing to cooperate with the Jedi. That ought to be an easy passport for Mando.

1 Betray: Death Watch

The Death Watch is also another splinter group of the Mandalorians and some of their members were the ones to rescue Din Djarin when he was young. However, their methods and intentions were never healthy for the Mandalorians and their outdated ways.

Moreover, they had no qualms when a Sith took over their splinter faction. By the end of the Clone Wars, the Death Watch members have gotten scattered but still take violent and seedy jobs. Unlike the new breed of Mandalorians that the Nite Owls and Bo-Katan established, the Death Watch is more fanatical and prejudiced against the Jedi. Mando and Baby Yoda would do well to stay away from them.

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Updated: November 11, 2020 — 11:00 pm

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