The Mandalorian Season 2 is back on track with Chapter 11, "The Heiress". It largely deviates from the antics of the second episode. Baby Yoda devours the egg of the alien frog lady and Mando takes on a monster who doesn't seem to have any connection to the bigger plot. The latest installment is all business. Mando is finally "finding" other Mandalorians, and another Star Wars character with a rich, enticing story in the franchise is introduced, making way for an upcoming fan-favorite character.
Without revealing many details, it is already known that "The Heiress" would see the next stage of Mando, Baby Yoda, and the rather bumpy journey of the frog lady to the planet Trask, where he is reunited with her husband. And according to their deal, he directs Mando where to find more information about other hidden Mandalorians.
But surprisingly, Mando cannot see the crystal clear trap of betrayal until the last moment, despite being shown to be gifted with acute intelligence and quick reflexes. The episode takes a not-so-unexpected twist when the squid-like aliens, another Star Wars creature named Quarren, feed Baby Yoda to a terrifying mamacore and try to drown Din Djarin to get their hands on his priceless Beskar armor.
At that moment, three Mandalorians land and blow up the quarries and save the child and Mando. But unlike Mando, they have no qualms about taking their helmets off. While two of them are new characters, their leader is many times in the war of stars Universe, the fearless Bo-Katan Kryze, who was a main character in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Interestingly, Katee Sackhoff marks her first live-action appearance, which the character also featured in the animated shows.
She was first seen in The Clone Wars as a member of the estranged section of the Mandalorians known as the Death Watch. She is also the sister of Duchess Satine Kryze, the then ruler of the planet Mandalore, making her the standard heir to the throne after her. Never being able to narrow their differences, however, Bo-Katan joined the radical group with plans to restore the Mandalorian's traditional legacy.
Bo-Katan was the loyal lieutenant to the Death Guard's leader, Pre Vizsla, but she had her reservation when the group teamed up with Darth Maul and Sister Savage Opress to take over Mandalore. Their fears were not unfounded when Maul double crossed them, killing Vizla, and taking the throne for himself. Bo-Katan had to team up with Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano to defeat him in the Siege of Mandalore, an achievement they ultimately achieved.
Why is Bo-Katan in The Mandalorian?
In Chapter 11 of the Mandalorian, Bo-Katan hunts for the weapons that are kept in an Imperial ship. However, it soon becomes apparent that she is actually on the hunt for the Darksaber, the symbol of Mandalorian leadership, before reigning Mandalore again. According to the Star Wars timeline, the Darksaber's first appearance in The Clone Wars was in the hands of Pre Vizsla, from whom Maul took over the leadership of the Death Guard and Mandalore.
Though Maul was defeated, the Darksaber was stolen from him by Sabine Wren, a descendant of the Vizsla clan, who gave Bo-Katan the responsibility of uniting the Mandalore clans and getting him back from the clutches of the Empire in Rebels.
She is known to have lost the iconic weapon during the Great Purge, and as The Mandalorian Season 2 notes, it is now under the protection of Moff Gideon. How he got his hands on it is not yet known. And while Bo-Katan previously suspected of having the Darksaber, "The Heiress" confirms this. While this is the first time we've heard the term "Darksaber" on The Mandalorian, it was featured earlier in the season one finale, where Moff Gideon used it to cut himself out of his fallen TIE fighter.
It is more than likely that Bo-Katan, Mando and Gideon will cross again. The heir to the Mandalore now shoots Moff who is after the child. And while another expected Clone Wars character doesn't show up in this episode, his subtle name offers a bright future for the character's upcoming live-action debut. And along with the expected reappearance of Bo-Katan in more episodes, you can be sure that it will be truly amazing.
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