Here’s The Mandalorian Chapter 11: The Heiress ending’s explained.
Star Wars fans lamented over the second episode of the second season of The Mandalorian being a “filler” episode, but the third episode was anything but filler.
If you felt that The Passenger was more filler as well, perhaps this post will help change your mind on that.
This was a story and plot advancer in every way, shape, and form.
This post will include a number of massive spoilers about “Chapter 11: The Heiress,” so if you haven’t yet seen the episode, bookmark this page for after.
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Our heroes and their new passenger — Frog Lady — finally arrive at the moon Trask, which is reminiscent of a small but busy fishing harbor in the Northeast United States.
There are a number of different types of species on this planet, but the whole reason Mando accepts this passenger on board the Razor Crest is because her husband has intel on where to find Mandalorians.
Mando gets pointed a couple of different directions, ends up on a fishing vessel, and to make a long story short, is betrayed. The fishermen trap Mando and the Child in an attempt to catch a large sea creature, and our heroes would not likely have made it out alive if it had not been for the help of a trio of Mandalorians flying in and saving them.
P.S., for the second straight episode, a Mandalorian has used their armor to fly out from the clutches of a giant beast, in case you needed any more reason to believe that Boba Fett made it out of the Sarlacc pit alive.
This encounter with a new group of Mandalorians is precisely what Mando has been looking for — they can point him in the direction of the “Jedi,” but they require his help on a mission first because of course, they do.
What the viewer knows (or may know) that Mando does not know is that the Mandalorian he has just encountered is Bo-Katan Kryze.
Bo-Katan is a crucial piece of the story, one we have mentioned before as a character who first appeared in the animated series The Clone Wars and Rebels before making her appearance in live-action.
Her inclusion in this season of the show has always made sense because of the scene with Moff Gideon wielding the Darksaber at the end of season one.
Unlike Din Djarin, Bo-Katan was born on Mandalore and is not part of the group of Mandalorians that consider “The Way” to be simply a creed. She has Mandalorian blood and a completely different way of doing things than Din does.
Bo-Katan is the “heiress” referred to in the title of the episode as the rightful Regent of Mandalore, but she was given her position of rule just before Order 66 and the reign of the Empire on Mandalore.
Her quest at this point is clearly to take revenge on the Empire and restore the government on Mandalore by whatever force necessary.
It just so happens that she can help Mando, and Mando needs her help. Bo-Katan fought side-by-side with the Jedi during the Clone Wars and even into the Imperial reign, betraying her former “boss” Darth Maul and joining up with Ahsoka Tano.
When it comes time for them to part ways at the end of the episode, Bo-Katan reveals to Mando where he will be able to find a Jedi to help him on his quest to reunite the Child with its own kind.
She tells him the exact location of former Jedi apprentice Ahsoka Tano, who left the Jedi order during the Clone Wars and eventually became a major part of the Rebellion.
At the end of the animated series Rebels, which takes place just before the events that unfold in Star Wars: A New Hope, Ahsoka sets out on a quest to find another former Jedi — Ezra Bridger. She does so with Sabine Wren, the Mandalorian who gave Bo-Katan Kryze the Darksaber.
Ahsoka will obviously be able to help Mando understand the Child much better, and she can perhaps even communicate with him.
It’s not impossible that we could get a visit from the Force ghost of Yoda as well. There are so many fun possibilities.
What the ending of this episode means considering all of the critical information above is this:
First and foremost, the Jedi we will meet at some point (hopefully soon) in this season of the show is Ahsoka Tano. That was already widely assumed and reported, but it’s now been directly confirmed.
Second, Bo-Katan Kryze has become one of very few major characters whose previous presence was strictly in the animated shows to become featured in live-action (e.g., Chopper from Rebels, Saw Gerrera from The Clone Wars).
Bo-Katan’s quest to restore the government of Mandalore and her quest to retrieve the Darksaber from the Empire is going to be a running storyline throughout this show, and it won’t be surprising now if Mando and Ahsoka join forces with her to help take back Mandalore.
It seems that Mando’s decision to save the Child has gotten him into a situation where he will go from a life of monotonous bounty hunting to potentially having a major role in restoring order to the planet of Mandalore.