Did Bo-Katan Really Have to Refuse the Darksaber in ‘The Mandalorian’ Finale?
22nd December 2020

If you’re still digesting the season two finale of The Mandalorian, then rest assured you’re not alone. From Luke’s amazing reveal to the tear-jerking ending to the surprise ending after the ending, the show really did a lot to shake up the story of Baby Yoda (aka Grogu, aka The Child) and the titular Mandalorian. Not everyone was happy with “Chapter 16: The Rescue,” but it certainly left viewers with plenty to chew over during the long wait for season three.

In a new video, the YouTubers behind Star Wars Theory asks us to take a second look at a pivotal scene: Bo-Katan’s refusal to accept the Darksaber from Mando. Earlier in the episode, Bo-Katan agreed to help Mando get aboard the Light Cruiser, where Moff Gideon is holding Grogu. In return, she expects Mando’s assistance in retaking the throne Mandalore—and to do that, she needs the Darksaber, then held by Moff Gideon.

After Mando confronted Moff Gideon and bested him in combat, the Darksaber rightfully passed to the battle’s victor, Mando. Those are the rules, after all. So later, when Mando offers her the Darksaber without fighting, Bo-Katan refuses it—as it would make her an illegitimate ruler on Mandalore, having not actually won the Darksaber in battle.

The show hasn’t yet examined the consequences of this decision, but Star Wars Theory asks whether the move even makes sense for Bo-Katan. Because, in fact, she’s already done almost the exact same thing, accepting the Darksaber and becoming the leader of Mandalore, despite not having won the blade in combat.

The video gets into the hows and whys of this backstory, as well as speculating about what it means to Bo-Katan going forward. Of course, for a definitive answer to how the Darksaber will shape the future of Mandalore, we’ll have to wait for next season of The Mandalorian.


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