The Mandalorian season 2: Winners and losers

The Mandalorian season 2 Chapter 16. Photo: Disney+.
The Mandalorian season 2 Chapter 16. Photo: Disney+. /
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Giancarlo Esposito is Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian season 2. Photo courtesy of Disney+.
Giancarlo Esposito is Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian season 2. Photo courtesy of Disney+. /

Loser: Moff Gideon

The senior commanding officer of the struggling Empire, Moff Gideon has been a thorn in the side of Din Djarin and his allies since his memorable introduction back in Chapter 7 of The Mandalorian. This season, Moff Gideon seemed set to further advance his sinister agendas after kidnapping Grogu on Tython.

Fortune — or the Force — had different plans instead. Moff Gideon’s first major loss was on Navarro after his hidden base was destroyed by Din and his allies. His second loss came after he was defeated by Mando in an intense battle that cost him his treasured Darksaber. Finally, he was utterly disgraced after his personal army of Dark Troopers were single-handedly dismantled by the arrival of famed Jedi Luke Skywalker.

His only true victory this season came with completing his mission to obtain samples of Grogu’s blood for some nefarious purpose. Otherwise, this guy was a major loser.

Loser: Bo-Katan Kryze

This former lieutenant of the Mandalorian terrorist group Death Watch has had a very storied history throughout her character’s story arc that began in the animated Clone Wars series. After the death of her leader, Pre Vizsla, Bo-Katan — the estranged sister of Dutchess Satine — led her own group, the Nite Owls. This culminated in her achieving the highest honor of Mand’alor, the sole ruler of the Mandalorian people.

Unfortunately, Bo-Katan lost her claim to the throne after Moff Gideon obtained her Darksaber, the scepter that determined who held the right to rule over Mandalore and its Mando’ade. Bo-Katan’s journey to reclaim her leadership led her in pursuit of Moff Gideon. This was her character’s current mission when audiences were introduced to her this season of The Mandalorian.

Bo-Katan’s path towards becoming Mand’alor once again was further complicated after Din Djarin beat Moff Gideon in unprovoked combat. Despite having no interest in the Darksaber — or its inherent responsibilities — Djarin won the mantle. Further complicating matters was the caveat that Bo-Katan couldn’t take the Darksaber without engaging in combat against her ally. Essentially, she lost her claim to the throne of Mandalore thrice. Sadly, she became a loser this season.

Loser: Razor Crest

If anyone or — in this case — anything has proven to have had a hard time this season it would be the Mando’s ship, Razor Crest. This poor beleaguered spacecraft had taken a pummeling throughout this season, beginning with Chapter 9 after Mando was fleeing from New Republic patrolmen and landed on the nearby ice planet, Maldo. His ship sustained heavy damage in the pursuit, and even more afterwards when the cave they fell into became overran with a subspecies of kryknas.

A later patchwork job by some Mon Calamari on the estuary moon, Trask, that the crew barely survived landing on, did little to improve the Razor Crest’s condition. Unfortunately, nothing could repair the obliterating laser-blast by Moff Gideon’s light cruiser from the skies above Tython.

R.I.P. Razor Crest (19 BBY — Circa 10 ABY).