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The Book Of Boba Fett Might Have Retconned A Mandalorian Plothole

By Abraham George
January 29,2022

The conclusion of Chapter 5 of The Book of Boba Fett has left the Star Wars community buzzing with anticipation for the next chapter. Din Djarin is back in town. After retrieving the Darksaber and entrusting Grogu to Luke Skywalker’s skilled hands, this new episode focuses completely on Mando. It’s safe to say that the Season 2 finale of The Mandalorian left viewers in awe back in December 2020.

Fans were left with lingering doubts regarding the canon of Star Wars and the Mandalorian legends. Din Djarin used a Beskar spear to fight Moff Gideon in the show’s conclusion, titled – The Rescue. He seized the Darksaber from Gideon by doing so. Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian Jedi, crafted the Darksaber, an ancient weapon. House Vizsla has utilized the sword throughout the years to fight and unite the other clans of Mandalore. Among Mandalorians, the blade’s long history is a sign of strength. Anyone who has it has the potential to lead the people of Mandalore. However, The Mandalorian has discovered a little flaw in this theory.

Bo-Katan Kryze asks Din for the Darksaber in the episode, but Moff Gideon reveals the complicated terms of the blade’s possession:

“It must be won in battle. In order for her to wield the Darksaber again, she would need to defeat you in combat…The Darksaber doesn’t have power. The story does. Without that blade, she’s a pretender to the throne.”

This is not the case with Star Wars Rebels. Season 3 of the animated series introduced us to Sabine Wren and her discovery of the Darksaber. In “Trials of the Darksaber,” she honed her sword skills. After beating Gar Saxon in a duel, she became its owner. At long last, in the Season 4 premiere’s two parts, Sabine and Bo-Katan were able to release their father from Imperial custody. The Mandalorian tribes came together around Bo-Katan towards the conclusion of the episode. Everyone accepted her as the monarch of Mandalore when Sabine gave her the Darksaber.

It’s a mystery why Bo-Katan would take the Darksaber from Sabine Wren but not Din Djarin, who gave it to him as a gift. Every loophole or plot hole could be solved by the Book of Boba Fett.

Why Did Bo-Katan Reject The DarkSaber?

Why Bo-Katan Doesn't Have A Right To The Darksaber

Why Bo-Katan Doesn’t Have A Right To The Darksaber

“The Return of the Mandalorian,” Chapter 5, provides critical information regarding what happened to Bo-Katan and Mandalore after the Rebellion:

“She once laid claim to rule Mandalore based purely on blood and the sword you now possess. But it was gifted to her and not won by Creed. Bo-Katan Kryze was born of a mighty house, but they lost sight of the way. Her rule ended in tragedy. They lost their way, and we lost our world.”

At some point after Sabine Wren gave the Darksaber to Bo-Katan, the Empire concluded that its political efforts to keep Mandalore under their control were futile. The Great Purge was a result of this. During the Night of a Thousand Tears, Imperial troops bombed Mandalore, destroying the capital city of Sundari and murdering almost the entire population.

The beskar was taken from Mandalore by the Empire when the Great Purge drove the last Mandalorians to flee across the galaxy. This new knowledge provides a fresh dimension to Katee Sackhoff and Bo-Katan’s performance in Season 2 of The Mandalorian. This time, when Din presents the Darksaber to Bo-Katan, she is reminded of her experience with the sword when she took it from Sabine in Rebels. By receiving the weapon, she acknowledged her role as Mandalore’s leader and the possibility for a national curse.

The Great Purge and the Night of a Thousand Tears were the catalysts for the curse, according to the Armorer. In the end, the Mandalorians were decimated and brought to the verge of extinction by the attack. Their world has been wiped out. There’s a good chance that Bo-Katan is to be responsible for the slaughter of her people and the devastation of Mandalore. Her reign is defined as illegitimate because of her history.

When she took Sabine’s sword, she broke with custom, and the price was high. As a result, Bo-Katan is unable to accept Din’s proposal since, in her mind, she is repeating the same mistake. Bo-Katan’s character development after her introduction in The Clone Wars was further enhanced by The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 5’s filling of this narrative hole from The Mandalorian. Other questions were also addressed in this episode.

What Is The Creed Of The Mandalore?

The Mask of Mandalore

The Mask of Mandalore

Din Djarin was revealed to be a Watch Kid in Season 2 of The Mandalorian. Those who grew up with the Star Wars animated series’ “Death Watch” may have recognized this term right away. Death Watch was an organization of Mandalorians that resisted the pacifist administration of Duchess Satine Kryze during the Clone Wars. They were brutal and adamant that Mandalorians should revert to their ancient fighting traditions. While the Watch (Din Djarin’s tribe) from The Mandalorian may sound very similar, they are not the same people. So much so that in Chapter 5, it was revealed that during the Great Purge, the Children of the Watch were hidden away on Mandalore’s moon, Concordia.

This is the same moon to which Death Watch and other Mandalorians banished themselves in accordance with an old ritual. Many people incorrectly thought that the Death Watch and the Children of the Watch were the same group of vigilantes. When it comes to Mandalorian characters prior to 2019, there was one notable difference: the Children of the Watch never removed their helmets.

It was common for Mandalorians to remove their helmets during the Clone Wars and the Rebellion. At least a dozen members of Death Watch removed their protective headgear. What, then, has occurred?

Those cloistered on Concordia were the only ones to survive the Great Purge, according to the Armorer, since “those born of Mandalore wandered away from the Way.” Those who adhered to the old Mandalorian customs were banished to that moon, as we’ve already established. Since its inception, Death Watch has been a group of radicals that follow the Mandalorian warrior lineage. It is possible that the organization grew even more firmly rooted in its ideology after the Great Purge, turning into The Mandalorian’s Watch.

These occurrences may have been the last straw for them. Mandalorian tradition was strictly observed by this new, modified group, including never removing their helmets.

When The Mandalorian was released, the Children of the Watch were not addressed in any of the Star Wars films. Regardless, it’s evident that Mandalorians have loosened their grip on their customs over time. The Way of Mandalore and rigorous adherence to the Creed are what the Armorer thinks maintained their heritage after the Great Purge.

An intriguing relationship between Mandalorians and our contemporary chronology is created by Mandalorian religious framework. While formerly a member of Death Watch, Bo-Katan gradually came to see their errors in judgement.

Even while the former men and women of Mandalore still practiced the martial way of their forefathers, she was never as severe as the Watch was. As a result, the Armorer claims, she has been punished for not adhering to the prescribed course. Bo- Katan’s future will be affected by this. We’ll have to wait and see.

These new Disney+ episodes, however, have been wonderfully leveraged by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni to provide answers to long-standing mysteries regarding the Mandalorian mythos and to give many important components of this world fresh life.

The sixth chapter of The Book of Boba Fett will air on Disney+ on Wednesday.