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The Mandalorian Chapter 20 Exemplifies One Of Qui-Gon's Greatest Lessons

Contains spoilers for "The Mandalorian," Season 3, Episode 4 – "Chapter 20: The Foundling"

This week's episode of "The Mandalorian" gives fans a better look at some of the other Mandalorian foundlings and even shows how Grogu escaped Coruscant during Order 66. While teaching the younger generation is the theme of the episode, the adults also learn a thing or two in "Chapter 20," specifically an age-old lesson from Qui-Gon Jin. 

Long ago, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jin (Liam Neeson) taught Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) and Jar-Jar (Ahmed Best) one simple lesson, "There's always a bigger fish." In "Chapter 20: The Foundling," Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) leads a Mandalorian war party fight to rescue Paz Vizsla's son from the Pterosaur. The monster is quite the challenge for even a group of Mandalorians, as they just barely rescue the kid from its clutches. Thankfully, "there's always a bigger fish" comes into play when a Dinosaur Turtle, as seen in Season 3, Episode 1, erupts from the depths of the waters to swallow the Pterosaur. 

"The Mandalorian" proves that Qui-Gon's simple lesson is timeless, and "Star Wars" fans immediately noticed the reference in the latest episode.

Fans agree that the Mandalorians benefitted from Qui-Gon's lesson

On Reddit, "Star Wars" fans pointed out that Qui-Gon's lesson remains eternal in a galaxy far, far away. While we don't know if Jon Favreau purposefully referenced "there's always a bigger fish" with the Dinosaur Turtle eating the Pterosaur, it felt like a fitting way to settle the Mandalorians' monster problem. U/TheGoverness1998 wrote, "'There's always a bigger fish' came to my mind after watching the dragon get eaten." Similarly, the moment made u/DustyDGAF happy, saying, "I love that there's always a bigger fish," but they can't help but notice that the Mandalorians can't continue to rely on bigger fish to solve their problems. "These Mandos really need a better defense system against large reptiles," they wrote on the thread.

"The Mandalorian" isn't the first time Qui-Gon's words have returned to "Star Wars." In the finale of "The Book of Boba Fett," just as it seems like the Scorpenek Annihilator droids will get the best of the heroes, Boba Fett rides the Rancor into battle, which uses its size and strength to dispose of the droids quickly. Looking at "Star Wars" films beyond its obvious appearance in "The Phantom Menace," the "bigger fish" line also sums up the entire Skywalker saga, as there's always a more significant power behind the villain: Kylo Ren gives way to Snoke, who inevitably paves the way for Palpatine's return.