The darksaber: An incomplete history

Giancarlo Esposito is Mof Gideon in the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN.
Giancarlo Esposito is Mof Gideon in the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN. /
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Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 710 “The Phantom Apprentice” – Image Courtesy Disney+ /

Star Wars: Meeting Bo-Katan Kryze

While attempting to free her father from Imperial forces, Sabine crossed paths with Bo-Katan Kryze and offered her the weapon, believing it was rightfully hers. But Bo-Katan refused to take it at first.

After the Galactic Republic assisted the Mandalorians in a siege against Maul in one of the final battles of the Clone Wars, Bo-Katan stepped up to lead her people through the end of the war. But when the Empire took over soon after, she lost her place as ruler and spent many years believing she had failed. When offered the saber that caused the death of her sister, she felt unworthy of it, but continued to fight alongside Sabine anyway.

Together, the two led their combined forces in a raid against Tiber Saxon and his superweapon. Following the Star Destroyer’s destruction (thanks, once again, to the Darksaber), all the Mandalorian forces present stood at the ready, waiting for direction from their new leader.

Sabine realized in that moment that the Darksaber had fallen into her hands so that she could pass it on to someone who needed it. Bo-Katan accepted the blade once it became clear that the clans of Mandalore would follow her lead … and that by claiming it, she could simultaneously honor the legacy of her fallen sister, Satine Kryze, late Duchess of Mandalore.

At this point, Bo-Katan became the last known rightful wielder of the Darksaber, which she would have used to unite the people of Mandalore and continue to stand as a force against the Galactic Empire after Rebels ended.

Until last year, we all assumed the Darksaber remained safely in the hands of Bo-Katan and the Mandalorians without further conflict. Then The Mandalorian reached its final episode … and there it was. In the hands of an Imperial.

Who must have, somehow, won the sacred saber from someone. Unless he simply took it.