There was a charming moment in The Mandalorian S3 premiere where Grogu was captivated by a group of space whales known as Purrgil. This scene can have vast implications and suggests a more significant hyperspace theory.
Typically, Star Wars portrays hyperspace as merely a way to travel between planets, with ships entering this dimension to move faster-than-light and traverse the galaxy at incredible speeds.
However, The Mandalorian season 3, episode 1, broke away from this pragmatic viewpoint and featured a stunning scene where Din Djarin and Grogu traveled through hyperspace in their N-1 Starfighter.
Grogu looked out at the mesmerizing sight with childlike wonder, and the experience almost felt very mystical.
Grogu and Din Djarin were not alone during their hyperspace journey, as they had a close encounter with a group of Purrgils.
These creatures can jump into hyperspace on their own and migrate across the galaxy to search for food sources, which they convert into a basic form of hyperspace fuel.
While some space travelers view them as a navigational hazard, others are thrilled to follow them into uncharted territories.
However, Grogu perceived them as a source of wonder and may have sensed their majesty through the Force. This experience could be a sign of extraordinary things to come for him in the future, and he has felt it.
Let’s Dissect Hyperspace a Little
The exact nature of hyperspace remains a puzzle, even within the Star Wars universe. As per the books in Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The High Republic Initiative, some galaxy inhabitants believe a link exists between hyperspace and the Force.
It has been suggested that hyperspace may be another dimension of the Force, much like the enigmatic World Between the Worlds depicted in Star Wars Rebels.
This theory suggests that Force-sensitive individuals were the first to travel through hyperspace after being inspired by the Purrgil.
Furthermore, it can account for the unusual array of Force-related abilities associated with hyperspace, many of which can now be simulated by navicomputers.
According to reports, the earliest Jedi were adventurers who utilized a unique ability called wayseeking to detect planets with abundant life.
During their travels through hyperspace, they would meditate and be attracted to the most potent vergences in the Force, leading them to come across planets such as Ilum and Ossus.
Additionally, some Jedi employed a Force-power known as Skywalking, which enabled them to sense gravitational distortions that could disrupt their hyperspace travel. By combining these abilities, Force-sensitive individuals identified the first secure hyperspace routes through major planets.
Based on this theory that hyperspace is linked to the Force, it can be inferred that the Purrgil also use these abilities to navigate it, and Grogu might have detected them.
What can we infer about Grogu’s future as a Mandalorian?
Grogu’s encounter with the Purrgil may hold implications for his future.
Being a strong user of the Force, Grogu has already exhibited many fundamental Force-powers.
However, as many Jedi typically possess a particular specialization, such as Mace Windu’s Shatterpoint technique or Cal Kestis’ rare psychometry ability, Grogu’s talents could involve hyperspace travel.
Din Djarin is presently concentrating on instructing Grogu on how to traverse the galaxy.
From Din’s perspective, a true Mandalorian should be able to travel across the galaxy.
However, since he is not Force-sensitive, Din focuses solely on teaching him how to interpret the galaxy map and utilize a navicomputer to determine secure hyperspace jumps.
Din has limited knowledge about Jedi and is unaware that Force powers could enable Grogu to perform these tasks intuitively.
Grogu’s skills make him an ideal candidate for becoming the bridge between the Mandalorians and Jedi. This aligns with his reaction when he sees the whales in hyperspace, as demonstrated in the premiere.
His encounter with the Purrgil may inspire him to evolve in a new direction as we move forward with the story.
About The Mandalorian
The Mandalorian is an American space western TV series on Disney+, created by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. The show aired its first episode on November 12, 2019, and is two seasons in with an upcoming Season 3.
The show follows the story of one of the Mandalorians from the famed Star Wars Universe, Din Djarin. After the fall of the Galactic Empire, he is hired to retrieve Grogu, known as “The Child,” from the Impreial forces, but ends up going on the run to protect him from Moff Gideon, a former Imperial Officer.
The show stars Pedro Pascal in the lead along with actors Carl Weathers, Gioncarlo Esposito, Gina Carano, Amid Abtahi and Katee Sackhoff.