The Mandalorian Explains Why Jango Fett Wanted A Clone Son

The Mandalorian season 2, episode 6 gives an explanation for why Jango Fett wanted an unaltered clone for himself in Attack of the Clones.

The Mandalorian season 2, episode 6, “The Tragedy” not only confirms Jango Fett was a real Mandalorian but also explains why he wanted an unaltered clone as a son. The first time audiences met Jango Fett was in George Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, which is also the movie in which he was killed by Mace Windu during the Battle of Geonosis. He was a bounty hunter who was involved in the plot to assassinate Padme Amidala, but there was more to his story.

When Obi-Wan Kenobi tracked Jango Fett back to the planet Kamino, he learned that the Kaminoans were building a Grand Army of the Republic under the orders of Jedi Master Sifo Dyas, who had been killed a decade prior. It turned out that Count Dooku (as Darth Tyrannus) manufactured the plan under Darth Sidious’ orders and recruited Jango Fett to be the genetic template for the clone army. But instead of accepting more credits or some other form of payment, the only stipulation Jango Fett had was that he be given a clone for himself – an unaltered one at that.

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That clone became Jango’s son, Boba Fett. Because he wasn’t genetically modified to have accelerated growth like the other clones, he’s still alive during the time of The Mandalorian. More than that, however, “The Tragedy” confirms that Jango Fett was a foundling, just like Din Djarin; it’s why Mando accepts Boba Fett as the rightful owner of Jango’s beskar armor. Knowing that he’s a foundling explains why Jango wanted a clone for himself; he wanted a foundling of his own to raise, someone to carry on his legacy, as is the Mandalorian way.

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Mandalorians aren’t like many other people. As Din Djarin succinctly puts it in “The Tragedy”, one must accept the Mandalorian Creed in order to be considered a Mandalorian. It’s not about being born on Mandalore or Concord Dawn; it’s about a way of life, following the Way of the Mandalore, which Mando does but Boba Fett doesn’t. Jango Fett fought in the Mandalorian Civil Wars and earned the right to wear the beskar armor. Achieving that couldn’t have been an easy task, so wanting a child of his own to carry his name and wear his armor is understandable.

After all, to Mandalorians, foundlings are equal to them in every way; they’re allowed to wear beskar armor and form their own clans. They can even continue another Mandalorian’s clan or legacy – in this case, Boba Fett continuing Jango’s legacy. Funnily enough, “The Tragedy” resolves a question Star Wars fans have had since 2002; in Attack of the Clones, the Kaminoan Lama Su tells Obi-Wan, “Apart from his pay, which is considerable, Fett only demanded one thing – an unaltered clone for himself. Curious isn’t it?” The Kaminoans were puzzled by Jango’s request, and so was Obi-Wan. But thanks to the Mandalorian, there’s now an answer to that mystery.

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Updated: December 7, 2020 — 1:53 am

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