The Mandalorian eventually became The Mandalorians in Chapter 11, The Heiress. Din Djarin, our guy, meets the Mandalorian cover he’s been looking for. They arrive to save Din and the Child in the knick of time, which they do without question until they remove their helmets for a chat.
Uh, what? This is not the way.
But we do need a little history lesson about Mandalore and its people to understand more.
Ways & Wars
The Mandalorians have been known as combative people over the course of their history. They became accustomed to a near-constant war that devastated the environment of Mandalore. A new order of Mandalorians (literally, the New Mandalorians) came to power toward the end of the Old Republic, calling for peace. This led to a civil war and a faction of the Death Watch, which hoped to revive the old ways of warmongering.
Bo-Katan refers to Din in The Heiress,” as a child of the Watch… a cult of zealots that broke away from Mandalorian society. Their aim was to restore the ancient Way.”
This follows the fact that Din is the first Mandalorian we’ve seen to be so careful about keeping his helmet on in the canon. Mandalorian characters regularly showed their faces in Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: Clone Wars, but we feel Din’s shock and disgust whenever he experiences this Mandalorian act. In Mandalore, the way he was raised is not generally the rule.
Clone Wars fans are acquainted with Mando’s new ally. The titular heir of this episode, the daughter of Mandalore and the sister of his former duchess, Satine, is Bo-Katan Kryze. Satine was on the side of pacifism during the Mandala Civil War, though Bo-Katan actually joined the Death Watch.
That changed when Mandalore was taken over by Darth Maul in the Clone Wars. Bo became part of the group of the Death Watch Rebellion and fought to defend her world and her people in the Siege of Mandalore. Maul had been overthrown and Bo-Katan had been elected as Mandalore’s queen, but once the empire had taken over the Imperial forces had managed to gain control and had overthrown her.
The Bo-Katan arsenal that we last saw in the hands of Moff Gideon in Mandalo Season 1 has a complicated past. It was forged by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian ever to join the Jedi Order after the rich past of Jedi and Mandalor. After his death, his family members stole it back from the Temple of Jedi and kept it in the family. They believed it belonged to House Vizsla and Mandalore, not to the “gang of enemy sorcerers” who brought Tarre into their ranks.
Tarre’s descendant, Pre, was part of Death Watch and defeated Maul, who then took the saber. Years later, after the Empire grew, the Mandala Sabine Wren, who fought alongside the rebels, was recovered. Eventually, she gave it to Bo-Katan, and from there we don’t know how it fell into Gideon’s hands—but something tells us that Bo didn’t give a gift—wrap it up and hand it over with a smile.
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