Like Baby Yoda drifting through the galaxy, halfway through sleepytime and hurling-through-the-atmosphere-in-flames time, we don’t blame you if Season Two of The Mandalorian lulled you into a bit of a comfort zone during its first two entries. Episode One was (mostly) a standalone, monster-of-the-week jam, and Episode Two, really, was the pilot episode of The Baby Yoda Sh0w. (We’re not complaining!)
That’s all to say: Episode Three, “The Heiress,” was a blunt reminder that there’s quite literally hundreds of hours of Star Wars lore out there. The story picks back up with Mando, Baby Yoda, and Frog Lady’s mission to deliver Baby Yoda’s leftovers to Frog Man. (The Frog Man/Frog Lady reunion has to be one of 2020’s most emotional TV moments, right?) After that, Baby Yoda, unfortunately, is delivered some instant karma via a larger creature who tries to eat him. Some Beskar-armored peeps show up to save them, among them a familiar friend from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels animated series: Bo-Katan Kryze, played by Katee Sackhoff in live-action.
Througout the episode—which sees Mando and the other Mandos hijack an Imperial freighter—Bo-Katan delivers a vat of frog eggs’ worth of exposition, detailing a religious war in Mandalore and her quest for the Darksaber. At the very least, it’s enough to make you seriously consider subtitles for the rest of The Mandalorian. Either way, here’s a quick rundown on Bo-Katan’s history in the Star Wars universe—and why she’s important to The Mandalorian going forward.
All right: As “The Heiress” established, Bo-Katan is a true Mandalorian, not the imposter we met in the Season Two debut. On Mandalore, she was a lieutenant in Death Watch—which wasn’t the best group of characters. They allied themselves with Darth Maul, who was hellbent on taking the throne of Mandalore. Bo-Katan, like anyone with a brain free of Sith fumes, realizes that Darth Maul not only looks evil as hell, but is, like, genuinely evil. So she disassociates with Death Watch, starts up a resistance group, and makes buddies with the Jedi Order. The whole rigmarole leads to the Great Purge, which splits up the Mandalorians—AKA, the reason why Mando finds it so hard to find other Mandos. Here's how the Star Wars wiki describes Katan's last known whereabouts in canon:
During the Republic's occupation of Mandalore, the government reorganized into the Galactic Empire, and a new wave of violence claimed the planet. In 2 BBY, Clan Wren of Krownest chose to resist the Empire, leading the Imperial loyalists of Clan Saxon to fight them. These actions threw Mandalore into another civil war. During the war, Kryze encountered Countess Ursa Wren and Sabine Wren of Clan Wren, who were seeking a Mandalorian worthy of wielding the Darksaber and claiming the title of Mand'alor. With the Wrens' approval, Kryze took the weapon and rallied the support of several Mandalorians.
Which brings us to The Mandalorian. Bo-Katan mentions all of this: The Great Purge, plus the lingering Mandalorian religious war that pits her against Mando. (Bo-Katan: Revolutionary, cool with taking off her mask. Mando: Old-school, follows the Mandalorian creed verbatim like a good boy.) Bo-Katan tells Mando about her mission: Swipe the Darksaber back from Moff Gideon (she used to possess the nifty-looking weapon), so she can take back the throne on Mandalore. So, you can expect, most likely, Bo-Katan v. Moff Gideon later in the season. It might be a rematch—remember, we still don’t know how Moff got his hands on the Darksaber. It's also worth noting that Bo-Katan directs Mando to bring Baby Yoda to her old friend, the Jedi Ahsoka Tano—the two were last seen together just before the purge of the Jedi with Order 66.
Certainly fans have been waiting many years to see how all of these lose Star Wars threads will be pulled together. Now, it seems like The Mandalorian is going to be the place where it happens.
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