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Every Episode Of The Mandalorian Ranked, According To IMDb

Since wrapping up the Skywalker Saga, the "Star Wars" franchise has shifted to exploring and expanding the TV offerings on Disney+. The first live-action series is now the flagship "Star Wars" product and a worldwide sensation attracting both acclaim and memes galore. 

"The Mandalorian" has allowed "Star Wars" to continue to be relevant week to week, uniting diehards and younger fans in a show that blends new ideas with fan service. The Disney+ original has a very high average ranking on IMDb and the show has already produced some all-time great "Star Wars” moments. Fans are eagerly awaiting a new season, as well as multiple spin-offs — including "The Book of Boba Fett."

While the show has been generally very well received, not every single episode knocked it out of the park. Here are all the episodes of "The Mandalorian" ranked from lowest to highest, as decided by fans on IMDb. Spoilers ahead.

Chapter 5: The Gunslinger (7.6)

The worst episode of "The Mandalorian," at least according to the IMBD rankings, is the fifth episode of the first season. Mando does his best to help out a young wildcard of a bounty hunter (played by Bobby Cannavale's son Jake Cannavale), but inevitably the reckless youth turns on the master. The episode also introduces us to Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), who was brought back in season 2 and is set up to be a major character in "The Book of Boba Fett."

While 7.6 isn't a bad rating, per se, it's certainly not great. What makes this disappointment even stranger is that "The Gunslinger" was both written and directed by Dave Filoni. Usually if the showrunner or an executive producer directs and/or writes an episode, it's going to be an important one. Some of the best "Clone Wars" episodes were written or directed by Filoni, and he gets writer and director credits on some of the top episodes of this series. He is still an incredibly important new voice in the direction of "Star Wars," but like Lucas before him, sometimes even Filoni falls short.

Chapter 4: Sanctuary (7.8)

"Sanctuary" is another early episode where the show was still trying to find itself. This adventure, directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, introduced Cara Dune (Gina Carano). Howard's second attempt at directing an episode for the second season was rated much higher. The short-tempered, quick witted ex-Shock Trooper soon became one of Mando's most trusted allies. Dune played a primary role in the second season, but will not be returning for future seasons of "The Mandalorian."

After landing on the swamp planet Sogran to find a safe place for the Child, Mando enlists Cara Dune's help to protect a local village from invaders. In exchange for shelter, the two set up a coordinated defense from an AT-ST, but find it an increasingly difficult task. This makes for a tense and entertaining climatic battle, but "Sanctuary" remains a one-off story that doesn't move the story forward in any meaningful way. 

Chapter 10: The Passenger (7.9)

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" director Peyton Reed made his "Mandalorian" debut early on in the second season. It wasn't received nearly as well as the season 2 finale he'd eventually go on to direct. Instead, the result of "The Passenger" is the lowest rated episode in the second season by a decent margin. Most fans following will best remember this entry as the time Baby Yoda nearly ate an entire family of a dying species. Yes, this is the "Grogu eats eggs" one. 

Grogu's obsession with the Frog Lady's eggs was well-documented with memes, but honestly it was a bit unsettling to watch the little guy slowly devour what might be the last of an endangered population. Outside of the egg bit, which admittedly is a subplot at best, the episode sees the Razor Crest get stuck on an ice planet while ferrying the Frog Lady. The episode features great set pieces, including the ice cave and the spider attack, but does little to progress the overall storyline — which might factor into the low rating.

Chapter 6: The Prisoner (8.3)

This campy entry in the first season brought a lot of guest stars into the picture for a space prison breakout. The Mandalorian is sent to team up with a group of unsavory characters on a rescue mission. Twi'lek Xi'an (Natalie Tena) is freeing her brother with help from Migs Mayfeld (Bill Burr), Burg (Clancy Brown), a droid (voiced by actor-director Richard Ayoade), and of course ... Mando. In addition to these stars, Dave Filoni appears in a cameo role as New Republic pilot Trapper Wolf. The character appears again at the end of "The Passenger."

The breakout goes surprisingly smoothly, but Mando is betrayed (unsurprisingly) by the motley crew he broke in with. He manages to escape the double-cross and survive with his life and ship intact. It may be the lack of forward momentum, or maybe the lack of Baby Yoda antics, that result in this one falling closer to the bottom of the list.

Chapter 12: The Siege (8.4)

The second season really starts to get cooking by Chapter 12, the fourth episode. "The Siege" is the first of a couple great heist episodes of the season. Mando and his buddies are sent to destroy an old Imperial Base. Greef (Carl Weathers, who also directed the episode) finally gets to team up with Mando and Cara Dune, during which the three discover Moff Gideon is conducting dangerous experiments with cloning.  

"The Siege" is a fun romp with consequences, the full extent of which we do not yet know. Gideon's cloning experiments, and why he'd need Grogu for them, are sure to be more fully explored in "The Mandalorian" season 3

While it's a good episode, it also features another silly Grogu subplot. This one sees Grogu gets sent to school while Mando goes about his mission. During school, the Child becomes obsessed with his classmate's cookies. They just appear to be blue French macarons, which raises the question: what other Earth snacks have snuck their way into the Galaxy far, far away?

Chapter 2: The Child (8.6)

The second episode of the saga picks up right where the first left off. In terms of IMDb ratings, "The Child" doesn't quite rank as high as the first episode, but it is still a solid outing. We get to spend more time with Kuiil (voiced by Nick Nolte) and see the origins of the attachment between Mando and the Child. 

In a pivotal moment during a battle against a giant Mudhorn, we get a glimpse of the Child's true purpose and power. As the Mudhorn charges at Mando, going in for the killing blow, the little one suspends the beast in mid-air. Immediately after this expenditure of Force power, Grogu collapses. This establishes that the Child is a very powerful Force user, but is untrained in how to control these abilities. Kuiil refuses an offer to travel with Mando, but this won't be the last time he comes to our hero's aid. 

Chapter 1: The Mandalorian (8.7)

"The Mandalorian” started off a bit slow, but even the first episode was well-received. We are introduced to everyone's favorite knight in Beskar armor in an episode that shows Pedro Pascal's Mando as a force to be reckoned with. The premiere made the tonal intentions of the series clear: "The Mandalorian" was going to be a Western set in the "Star Wars" universe, part of the space cowboy genre established by shows like "Firefly" and "Cowboy Bebop."

The episode established the setting and spirit of the show, but adds a franchise-defining twist at the end. On what is presumably a standard fetch quest, Mando faces off against droid bounty hunter IG-88 (voiced by Taika Waititi) ... and discovers the package he is supposed to deliver is not simply spice or contraband. This moment was the world's introduction to Baby Yoda, and nothing was ever the same.

Chapter 11: The Heiress (8.8)

In addition to being action-packed and critically acclaimed, the second season of "The Mandalorian" focused on bringing beloved characters from the wide world of "Star Wars" animated shows to the live-action canon. "The Heiress" kicked off this trend with the first in-person appearance of Bo-Katan Kryze, in all her jetpacking glory. Katee Sackhoff made her "Star Wars" debut as the Mandalorian heiress in this great episode. 

The introduction of Bo-Katan and her crew of jetpack wielding Mandalorians is as kickass as it is informative. We are introduced to the concept of differing ideologies between Mandalorians. Bo-Katan is free to remove her helmet, a concept foreign and abhorrent to Mando's specific upbringing. She explains that he was raised as a Child of the Watch, something of a traditionalist fringe group, and most Mandalorians no longer conform to its archaic rules. The fan-favorite character was created by Dave Filoni for "The Clone Wars," and is clearly going to play a major role in the future of "Star Wars."

Chapter 9: The Marshall (8.9)

The premiere of the second season of "The Mandalorian" starts things off with an homage to the wild west — and an appearance from one of TV's best cowboys. Timothy Olyphant — star of "Justified" and "Deadwood" — guest stars as Cobb Vanth, the titular Marshall in Beskar armor. Adding further to the western theme, the Tatooine town of Mos Pelgo is a dead ringer for a spaghetti western set. The episode introduces the Marshall in a tense bar-room encounter straight out of a Sergio Leone movie.

"The Marshall" reunites fans with all the species of Tatooine. Jawas, Banthas, and Tusken Raiders all play roles in moving the plot forward to its explosive conclusion. The episode also sets up one of the key subplots of the season. Vanth's Beskar armor is not his own, he bought it off a Jawa merchant. From the second it appeared on screen, any "Star Wars" fan could tell you exactly who that distinct green armor belonged to.

Chapter 3: The Sin (9.0)

In "The Sin," "The Mandalorian" delivers its first truly incredible episode. The third chapter in the series, "The Sin" acts as the pay-off from the threads of the premiere — while also setting up the stakes for the rest of the show. It's Mando's first encounter with the Empire. It's also the episode that cemented the relationship between the Child and Mando as the beating heart of the series.

After retrieving the "package," Mando returns to deliver the Child to the mysterious client (Warner Herzog). Through the Mandalorian clan, Mando learns his client was in league with the Empire — and launches a rescue mission that turns into a full-blown conflict between the Mandalorians and the Stormtroopers.

"The Sin" also dives into some Mandalorian lore. We get info about the "Great Purge," the history between Jedi and Mandalore, and the ideology that is The Way of Mandalore. The episode also gives more crucial information about the Darksaber, planting the seeds for Bo-Katan's quest to reclaim it and her rightful throne as ruler of Mandalore.

Chapter 15: The Believer (9.0)

Bill Burr reprises his role as ex-Imperial Migs Mayfeld for the penultimate episode of season two. After Dark Troopers got away with Grogu, Mando's squad is dead set on getting him back. Cara Dune takes Mayfeld from prison to help Mando and Boba Fett track down Moff Gideon's ship. The episode features a not-so-perfectly executed heist, but it is most notable for showing us Pedro Pascal's beautiful face for more than two seconds. 

Disguised as troopers, Mayfeld and Mando break into an Imperial base. In order to utilize a facial scan, the faceless warrior is forced to part with his helmet. In this scene, we begin to see Mando struggle with his dedication to his creed. With external forces like Bo-Katan showing him a different Manadalorian path in other episodes, our protagonist is thrown into an emotional conflict that will surely be explored more next season. "The Believer" also features something of a redemption arc for Migs.

Chapter 7: The Reckoning (9.1)

"The Reckoning" is where all threads of the first season of "The Mandalorian" start to form a greater tapestry. Each of Mando's chance encounters throughout the season pay off in this prelude to the season finale. IG-88, Cara Dune, and Kuiil all come to Mando's aid as he unknowingly faces off against a villain far beyond his abilities.

This episode is most prominent for introducing "Star Wars" fans to Moff Gideon, played by Giancarlo Espositio — everyone's favorite "Breaking Bad" big bad Gus Fring. As it stands, Gideon is the main villain of the show and "The Reckoning" proved Espositio had what it took to fill the shoes of the great "Star Wars" villains that came before him. From the first moment we see him, the character is quietly intimidating. Gideon shows his tactical prowess and ruthlessness on two fronts, pinning down Mando and his friends in a crumbling building while sending a hit squad out to capture the Child.

Chapter 14: The Tragedy (9.2)

"The Tragedy" marks another big reintroduction into "Star Wars" for a major character. Following in the footsteps of the previous episode, "The Jedi," the sixth episode of season two pulls off fan service in an epic fashion. After being rumored for months, Temuera Morrison (who played Jango Fett in "Attack of the Clones") was officially brought back as the new wizened and hardened Boba Fett.

In this highly-rated episode, following the guidance of Ashoka, Mando finds a planet on which Grogu can meditate and reach out to any Jedi. Unfortunately, Moff Gideon is following closely and we see the titular tragedy: the kidnapping of the Child. Mando cuts a deal with Fett: he promises to return Fett's armor in exchange for help recovering Grogu.

Boba Fett's introduction made it clear why Disney picked action director Robert Rodriguez to take the reins on this entry. The stylish, hard-hitting fights are a perfect way to introduce this new take on the classic "Star Wars" character.

Chapter 8: Redemption (9.3)

The season one finale is "The Mandalorian" at its best, and the first real taste fans got of just how the show ranks among the best of the "Star Wars" franchise. Picking up right where "The Reckoning" leaves off, "Redemption" is a non-stop thrill ride that raises the stakes for the show and the "Star Wars" universe writ large.

Mando, IG-88, and Cara Dune are trapped and cornered by Moff Gideon. In a last ditch effort to save the Child at all costs, Mando's party retreats into the sewers. A stand-out moment from the episode is IG-88's tear-jerking sacrifice. The final scene of Gideon emerging with the Dark Saber was a critical revelation that set the stage for the events of season two and finally tied "The Mandalorian" into the deep lore of "The Clone Wars."

Taika Waititi returns as the voice of IG-88, and also directed the episode. It was clearly a successful collaboration, one that led to Waititi helming a brand new "Star Wars" movie.

Chapter 13: The Jedi (9.4)

Until it was topped by the season two finale, the return of a fan-favorite "Clone Wars" character was highest-rated episode of "The Mandalorian." "The Jedi" brings one of the most beloved Jedi to life in live action. Rosario Dawson came out swinging — both metaphorically and literally, with her iconic duel lightsabers — as an older, wiser Ashoka Tano. Between the stunning intro and the beautifully choreographed final fight, it's hard to imagine a stronger episode for the badass ex-Jedi to make her "Mandalorian" debut.

In addition to bringing Ashoka into the fold, "The Jedi" is a huge episode for establishing the grander story of "The Mandalorian." Baby Yoda's name was finally unveiled as Grogu, and Ashoka points the duo to the next step in their journey — finding a Jedi Master to train Grogu and tap into his true potential. "The Jedi" is full of some of the best one-on-one fights in the series, making the episode a must-see for all "Star Wars" fans. 

Chapter 16: The Rescue (9.8)

The "Mandalorian" episode with the highest rating on IMBD (a whopping 9.8/10, four points above its closest competitor) is the season two finale. First and foremost, "The Rescue" features a cameo from one of the biggest names in "Star Wars." But that mind-blowing Luke Skywalker moment isn't all this banger of an episode has to offer.

After directing Chapter 10 earlier in season two to a response less enthusiastic than the average episode, "Ant Man" director Peyton Reed showed up for this cathartic, important episode. At the end of "The Rescue", Mando is now the wielder of the Darksaber, and Bo-Katan seems to have no choice but to fight him to the death to take her rightful place as leader of Mandalore.

The stinger at the end of the episode announced the "The Book of Boba Fett," and saw Boba Fett finally getting some revenge for the events of "Return of the Jedi" by killing Bib Fortuna.