Chapter 5: The Gunslinger
The Mandalorian Season 1



Critic Ratings: 27
Critics Consensus

"The Gunslinger" has flare and nostalgia to spare, but with only three episodes left to go, The Mandalorian's lack of forward momentum is starting to feel like narrative wheel spinning.

Episode Info

The Mandalorian assists a rookie bounty hunter who has taken on more than he can handle.


Pedro Pascal
as The Mandalorian
Gina Carano
as Cara Dune
Giancarlo Esposito
as Moff Gideon
Emily Swallow
as the Armorer
Carl Weathers
as Greef Karga
Omid Abtahi
as Dr. Pershing
Werner Herzog
as the Client
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Critic Reviews for Chapter 5: The Gunslinger

Nostalgia is one thing, but the utter dearth of new ideas here just makes the bountiful references a glaring reminder that this has all been done much better before.

Dec 9, 2019 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

"The Gunslinger" continues this straightforward streak.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

It seems this is the last we'll be seeing of Sedaris in Star Wars but at the very least, we hope Mando's going to be a tiny bit more careful with his young charge from now on - especially given the number of people after them.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Part of what makes the Mandalorian such a compelling character is that he's great at his job but he's never superhumanly great at his job.

Dec 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

With an over-reliance on nostalgia & fan service, "The Gunslinger" does little to propel the plot forward, resulting in a rather mediocre outing of The Mandalorian

Apr 15, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As soon as Mando gets hailed during his descent by the Mos Eisley tower, Star Wars fans of old had to know this was going to be an Easter egg-filled episode, and "The Gunslinger" delivered, even if it came in a little soft on impact.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The latest episode of the show was so packed full of Star Wars winks, nods, and callbacks you'll either love it or hate it. Personally, I loved it. I geeked out hard. But I'll also be the first to admit, it was a lot.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Ming-Na Wen's Fennec Shand is treated similarly, a plot point in human form, gone before we can begin to care about her backstory or future. She does, at least, make for an excellent Dune Sea sniper, and allows for the episode's best sequence.

Dec 6, 2019 | Rating: 5.5/10 | Full Review…

Chapter 5 of The Mandalorian, titled "The Gunslinger," is all about the fan service.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The Gunslinger wasn't a fancy episode and shows this is a series that doesn't need to have these major spectacles every outing.

Dec 10, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Visually stunning, and in a longer season the episode might not stand out as sharply as it does. But with only three episodes left to go, I'm going to raise a glass of spotchka to the hope that [It] returns to its groove as quickly as possible.

Dec 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The pace is oddly meditative. It's impressive that the show works as well as it does, but it's also obvious that at some point, something gotta give. Or at least happen.

Dec 9, 2019 | Full Review…