Bo-Katan refused to take on the Darksaber in The Mandalorian, creating a plot for his character, but The Book of Boba Fett just explained why.
Warning: The following contains spoilers from Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett “Chapter 5: The Mandalorian Returns,” streaming now on Disney+.
After a musical clue in last week’s episode, star wars fans expected Din Djarin to show up Boba Fett’s Book Last episode. However, no one expected him to completely eclipse Boba Fett in his own series – and that’s exactly what happened. Djarin commanded the entire episode and Boba Fett didn’t even make an appearance. Given that Boba Fett’s Book only has two episodes left to wrap up, it was an odd plot choice. But it was great – and educational – to see Mando in action again.
“Return of the Mandalorian” featured Djarin finishing a bounty hunting job, acquiring a classic new ship from Peli Motto, and reconnecting with the Nevarro Armorer. She donated beskar for Grogu and trained Djarin to wield the darksaber, which he later used in a challenge from Paz Vizsla. During Djarin’s brief visit, the gunsmith also gave him a history lesson that explained one of the biggest plot holes of The Mandalorian.
The season 2 finale of The Mandalorian showed Djarin and his allies attempting to rescue Grogu from Moff Gideon and his Dark Troopers. Djarin faced Gideon one-on-one and defeated him, taking the Legendary Darksaber. As Gideon explained, the ancient weapon was a symbol of the ruler of Mandalore and the weapon could only pass to a new owner through victory in battle. So when Djarin tried to give Bo-Katan the gun, she refused.
It all seemed to go hand-in-hand with Mandalore’s combat-centric society. However, for anyone who has watched star wars rebels, the whole exchange opened up a huge plot hole. In a Season 4 episode titled “Heroes of Mandalore: Part 2”, Sabine Wren gave the Darksaber to Bo-Katan so she could unite all of the Mandalorian clans against the Empire, and Bo-Katan agreed without question. of questions. The fact that Bo-Katan refused the weapon in The Mandalorian was contrary to her character’s previous actions, and fans were quick to spot the apparent discrepancy.
In “Return of the Mandalorian”, Din Djarin asked the Armorer about Bo-Katan and she didn’t throw a punch. As Bo-Katan united the clans against the Empire, she quickly lost her planet. The Empire decreed a massive bombing mission that destroyed any hope of resistance and became known as the Night of a Thousand Tears. The Armorer went so far as to specifically blame Bo-Katan for the tragic event. Citing the Darksaber Creed, the Armorer believed that Bo-Katan had cursed Mandalore into accepting the weapon as a gift rather than actual combat – thus allowing the Empire to devastate the planet and scatter its people.
Whether Bo-Katan actually cursed Mandalore is up for debate, but there’s no denying she knew the Darksaber Creed. When she broke that Creed and the planet quickly fell, it marked her clearly. This explains why she refused to take the Darksaber back from Din Djarin in The Mandalorian. She had seen what had happened when she first broke the creed and couldn’t wait to do it again.
To see how Din Djarin uses the Darksaber, watch The Boba Fett Book, now streaming on Disney+.
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