In 1977, something happened that changed the course of pop culture forever. It was the year the first Star Wars movie hit theaters and captured the imagination of millions of people.
Now, even though the films have majorly focused on the Skywalker Saga till now, the potential of the galaxy far far away has been explored through comics, books, tv shows, and more.
A great example of this exploration is the Disney+ series The Mandalorian. We saw in season 2 that the show introduced well-known characters like Ahsoka Tano, Bo-Katan, and Boba Fett.
Now, Bo-Katan might not be as well known to the audiences compared to say Ahsoka Tano and Boba Fett, but she was a major character in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as well as in Rebels.
Now, after that cliffhanger of a finale, it looks like the show will continue exploring her character in season 3 of the show. After all, there are tonnes of rumors and theories going around that season 3 of The Mandalorian will explore Mandalore and the Outer Rim of Star Wars further on.
So if season 3 is heavy on Bo-Katan, it will be better if you know more about the character.
Din Djarin was brought up like a Mandalorian. But he wasn’t born on Mandalore. Instead, he was found on another world and then brought into a group known as The Watch.
But Bo-Katan’s story is the complete opposite. She was born on Mandalore, and this definitely makes her a true Mandalorian. Moreover, Bo was born in the House Kryze, which was part of the ruling class.
So this means that she was well as her sister Satine, who was the Duchess of Mandalore are part of the main political houses of the planet. It was under Satine’s rule that the new Mandalorian government was formed.
However, it didn’t last long. Satine wanted to bring peace to the planet, but Bo-Katan thought that the planet needed to be under military rule.
Since Bo-Katan had a strong belief in the military, she became the leader of the Nite Owls. They are an elite warrior Mandalorian unit. Bo prided herself on her skills as a warrior, whereas her sister was not much interested in it.
Both the sisters were great leaders but their ideals varied. Satine thought that ruling through peace was the only option. But Bo-Katan believed that strength was the most important.
Since Satine believed that peace was the only option, so she never discriminated against the Jedis. In fact, she even was in a relationship with Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.
But Bo-Katan struggled with the fact that her sister was in a relationship with a Jedi because seeing Satine actively working with the Jedi Order went against everything she believed in.
As you might imagine, with the sisters’ clashing ideals, it was difficult for Bo-Katan to stay by her sister’s side. She was so angry at the way her sister was ruling, that Bo-Katan immediately joined the Death Watch which is a Mandalorian terrorist organization.
They worked to bring down the Duchess’s pacifist government. The entire coup was led by Pre Vizsla, who wielded the Darksaber. They were able to accomplish their operation because they established Concordia’s moon as their base of operation and attacked Mandalore from there.
The Death Watch partnered with Separatist leader Count Dooku during the Galactic Civil War. They were used by Darth Sidious and Dooku both to bring chaos across the galaxy through assassinations and bombings.
After failing to kill Duchess Satine, the Death Watch left their partnership with the Separatists.
After moving away from the Separatists, the Death Watch and Bo-Katan went to the moon of Zanbar and faced Darth Maul there along with his brother Opress.
Death Watch agreed to work with Darth Maul and found a new army called the Shadow Collective. They were forming a plan to completely liberate or free Mandalore from Duchess Satine’s rule.
But Bo-Katan, as well as Pre Vizsla, believed that the Shadow Collective would lead to the end of Mandalore and the Death Watch. So they worked together to kill Darth Maul once they had control over Mandalore.
But before the Mandalore invasion began, Bo was forced to make the Hutt families of Tatooine support the Shadow Collective.
Death Watch used Black Sun and the Pyke Syndicate as an opening attack and took control over Mandalore by telling that they were here to save everyone from the Shadow Collective.
Bo-Katan herself led the group that ultimately arrested her sister Satine. And then, since the Death Watch had control over Mandalore, so Pre Vizsla and Bo-Katan tried to arrest Maul and Savage Opress.
Darth Maul challenged Pre Vizsla to fight for control over Mandalore. As per Mandalorian tradition, he accepted. But this was a real mistake as Maul quickly murdered Pre Vizsla. Thus, Maul then became the rightful owner of the Darksaber and Mandalore’s ruler.
After this Bo-Katan finally realized her fatal mistake. So the remaining Nite Owl members acted quickly and freed Satine from her prison. After this, Duchess Satine sent a message to Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, telling him that Maul was now Mandalore’s ruler.
A battle ensued after that forced the Nite Owls to flee, but unfortunately, Satine was captured again. When Kenobi showed up on Mandalore, Darth Maul quickly captured him.
Bo watched all this from the shadows. She watched Kenobi’s capture, and the both of them watched Satine die in front of their eyes. Once Satine died, it left Bo-Katan as the last surviving member of the house of Kryze.
Watching the death of her sister in front of her eyes left Bo-Katan distraught. Moreover, she couldn’t reconcile the fact that she played an important role in her death.
After undergoing this life-changing event, Bo put aside her feelings regarding the Jedi and helped free Obi-Wan Kenobi. When Kenobi fled Mandalore, Bo-Katan and the Nite Owls stayed behind to fight Maul in the Mandalorian Civil War
When Bo-Katan was searching for Maul off-world, she came into contact with Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s former padawan. Ahsoka agreed to help free Mandalore with Bo, and together they mounted the Siege of Mandalore.
After the siege, Mandalore was free from Maul’s rule, but the Darksaber went missing in battle. Thus, leaving Mandalore without any true leader for some time.
Darth Maul’s defeat, thanks to Ahsoka Tano, as well as the Galactic Federation, resulted in Bo being the Regent of Mandalore. As expected, her rule was quickly tested as Order 66 was implemented just days after the Siege of Mandalore was over.
This launched the Great Jedi Purge and began the Galactic Empire’s rise. Bo-Katan refused to hand over Mandalore’s control to Palpatine, and this led to another war.
In the beginning, the Mandalorians were able to successfully repel attacks by the imperial forces. But their joy was short-lived.
Bo-Katan overall wasn’t able to rule Mandalore for long. At the beginning of the fight against the imperial forces, her people held their ground. But Palpatine wasn’t depending on just his forces to take her out.
He worked with Clan Saxon, who turned against Bo-Katan and forced her to abdicate. This left Bo-Katan defeated. But she wasn’t broken. Once she left Mandalore, she began to look for ways to save her world from the clutches of the Empire.
While Bo tried to live and survive in exile, the Clan Wren was trying to save the planet from within.
About 2 decades after the Empire placed Clan Saxon at the head to rule Mandalore, Clan Wren, led by Countess Ursa, was finally able to completely overthrow the government. They did so in the 3rd Mandalorian Civil War.
Even though they were able to free the planet from Clan Saxon rule, but Clan Wren suffered horrific damage in that quest. The Empire’s weapon called The Duchess killed a vast portion of their forces.
At that point, they were looking for someone who could unite the planet. And so Ursa Wren offered Bo-Katan Kryze the lost Darksaber. Bo accepted it.
After this, we see Bo in the second season of The Mandalorian. When we meet her again in the Disney+ live-action show, we get to know that Moff Gideon has the Darksaber.
How that happened and how did Bo-Katan even lose the Darksaber hasn’t been revealed to us yet. And neither do we know about the Great Purge that destroyed Mandalore.
However, hopefully, season 3 of The Mandalorian will give all these answers and more. After all, it remains to be seen who gets to actually be the ruler of the planet- her or Din Djarin?
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