Throughout the course of “The Mandalorian,” Grogu has had his fair share of spotlight moments where he uses the Force for defensive/offensive purposes. Be it choking Cara Dune after he thinks a friendly arm-wrestle is an attack on his dad or lifting a Mudhorn in mid-air to save said father’s life, Grogu has consistently proven his mettle.
In the season 2 finale, Grogu went on a little adventure with none other than Luke Skywalker, who personally trained him on the basics of Force use, which involved a lot of balance training, meditation, and gravity-defying Force jumps. While the complete 180-degree turn in Grogu’s arc in “The Book of Boba Fett” is pretty baffling for many reasons, this allowed the beloved duo to reunite while creating the space for their quintessential roles to be reversed.
Although Din actively assumes the role of protector for the child, the season premiere laid out the foundation for a shift in this established status quo. As Grogu accompanies Din on all of his adventures, he is now well-versed in the tactics that a bounty hunter uses when trapped in tight spots, and he possesses the know-how to navigate dangerous situations. The moment Din is captured by the cyborg creature, Grogu patiently waits out of sight to sneak out, and narrowly evades the predatory monsters that live in the ruins of Sundari. He follows Din’s words carefully and successfully gets help for his father, with R5-D4 helping steer Mando’s modified Naboo starfighter back to Kalevala.
Although still young, Grogu is no longer a helpless dependent — the child has already exhibited the drive, initiative, and talent to quickly turn the odds in his favor and save the Mandalorian, who is a badass warrior in most scenarios (except when he wields the Darksaber, because he still sucks at that).