We all know that Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian has taken the Star Wars fandom — and beyond — by storm. From the moment Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”) first graced our television screens on November 12, 2019, America was hooked.
Now, The Mandalorian has inspired a new political party known as — you guessed it — The Mandalorians. U.S. News and World Report shared details about the party, which even the founder acknowledges is a little bit absurd.
The Mandalorians of Delaware, the First State’s newest political group, seeks to educate individuals about campaigns and key issues. Formed at the start of the year by Will McVay of Dover, who has been active in the Libertarian Party of Delaware for years, the organization was just recognized this week by the Department of Elections as a party that one can join.
The group is still in its infancy, but Mr. McVay is hopeful about its prospects, despite the fact he started it largely as a joke.
McVay shared details about why he created the party with the publication:
In the long run, he is hopeful the Mandalorians can form an alliance of sorts with progressives. Both Libertarian-minded individuals and those on the left support criminal justice reform and social equity, and Mr. McVay believes they can find some common ground in regard to economics, welfare and even gun rights.
He is hoping to grow the party through social media and other avenues, aided by the cultural touchstone that is “Star Wars.” The name is a way to “capture the cultural zeitgeist” that can draw attention to the party in a way a more “typical” name wouldn’t, Mr. McVay said.
In the article, McVay noted that he hasn’t yet consulted an attorney about using the word “Mandalorian”, but he believes elements from the Star Wars franchise qualify as fair use via the United States copyright law’s parody exemption.
However, he also acknowledged that having his new political party on The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm’s radar would actually be “a good problem to have”.
Now, we just have to sit back and anxiously await the bumper stickers and t-shirts next election season…and what would you say to a U.S. Congressperson in beskar?
What’s coming in The Mandalorian saga?
While McVay tries to build his Mandalorian political party in New England, showrunner Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni are gearing up for Season 3 of their hit Star Wars series.
When we last saw Pascal’s titular bounty hunter, Grogu, Koska Reeves (Mercedes Varando/Sasha Banks), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), and Cara Dune (Gina Carano), they were facing a Dark Trooper squadron on Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) Imperial cruiser.
Then, none other than Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (CGI Mark Hamill) swooped in to save the day — and spirit young Grogu away to complete his Jedi Order training.
Originally, The Mandalorian Season 3 was supposed to air concurrently with two spinoffs — Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic. However, as a result of Gina Carano’s firing from the Star Wars franchise, Rangers is no longer in “active development”.
What we do know for sure is that The Mandalorian saga will continue in December 2021 with the first season of The Book of Boba Fett, starring Wen reprising her role as mercenary sniper Shand and Temuera Morrison as the iconic Boba Fett.
What do you think about The Mandalorians becoming a political party in the United States?