This Star Wars article contains spoilers for The Mandalorian.
One of The Mandalorian‘s central mysteries has been solved in the season finale. Episode 8 finally revealed the name of Mando himself, whose identity and face have been well-guarded secrets (on the show at least) up to this point. The fact that we only see his face in the final episode of the season is not surprising considering Mando’s creed prevents him from ever taking off his helmet in front of another living being. IG-11 finally convinces Mando to do so in order to save his life (since droids aren’t actually alive.) But as far as his name goes, Mando never actually speaks it.
It’s the villainous Moff Gideon who finally reveals Mando’s true identity while trying to intimidate the bounty hunter and his friends to surrender during a tense standoff on Nevarro. Through Gideon we learn that Mando’s name is actually Din Djarin.
The reveal will come as a big surprise to fans who have been following this Man with No Name for the past eight weeks, especially if they haven’t been paying attention to any interviews with star Pedro Pascal along the way. For the rest of us, we’ve known Mando’s name was Din since the show premiered in early November.
Pascal first revealed his character’s name in an interview with ScreenSlam: “The Mandalorian, whose name is Din Djarin, is your iconically cool, flawed, mysterious, loner gunslinger that harkens to the best of the samurai movies and westerns.”
Weeks later, it’s still surprising that the actor revealed Mando’s name so nonchalantly, considering that the show was going to great lengths to keep its protagonist nameless. Throughout the season, Din is referred to only as “the Mandalorian” or “Mando” by his allies, and the show only teased bits of his backstory along the way. We know from the season finale that he was orphaned at a young age after he lost his parents in a Separatist attack during the Clone Wars. At some point, he was taken in by a Mandalorian clan as a “foundling” raised to become a member of the warrior tribe.
Now that the show has confirmed Mando’s name (and its correct, Star Wars-y spelling) as well as his origin story, it remains to be seen what else the series will reveal about its protagonist. We’ll just have to wait and see in The Mandalorian season 2.