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What Is the Darksaber in THE MANDALORIAN?

We can’t believe the second season of The Mandalorian is already here. The show arrived on our Disney+ services last November and immediately stole our hearts. Baby Yoda was just the beginning. This Star Wars series—the first live-action show set in the galaxy far, far away—is full of heart, love, friendship, action, and so much more. It’s got a little bit of everything for every kind of fan, and we’re so happy to have it.

The second season is currently airing and it’s just as riveting and wonderful as the first. It’s also following up on a big thread teased in the season one finale. Something that has us even more amped up for whatever comes next than we could have possibly imagined. But if you’re not steeped in Star Wars lore, the significance of a certain object that appeared in the finale—and was mentioned again in season two—might have you confused.

Here’s an explainer for what the weapon is, where we’ve seen it before, and what it means for season two of The Mandalorian.

What is the Darksaber? 

Moff Gideon with the Darksaber in The Mandalorian.Lucasfilm

We learn a lot about Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon in the season one finale. Namely, that he was a leader during the Purge of Mandalore, that he knows Mando’s real name (Din Djarin), and that he’s in possession of a black lightsaber. If you’re a fan of the Star Wars animated series The Clone Wars and Rebels, then you’ll recognize this iconic blade: Darksaber. The weapon belonged to Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian to join the Jedi Order.

The weapon was an invention of George Lucas—who wrote it into The Clone Warsand The Mandalorian executive producer Dave Filoni, who came up with its backstory. We learn from Pre Vizsla—a descendant of Tarre’s—that the Darksaber was stolen from a Jedi Temple during the fall of the Old Republic. “Since then, many Jedi have died upon its blade,” Pre explains. The Darksaber was passed through generations, acquiring a prideful symbol-like status for the Mandalorians, who see it as part of their heritage. It’s a sacred weapon, and knowing it’s in Moff Gideon’s possession has several terrifying implications.

How does it fit into The Mandalorian?

We originally wondered if Bo-Katan Kryze might be dead. Kryze became leader of the Mandalore (known as their Mand’alor) Sabine Wren gave her the Darksaber in Rebels. According to Darksaber legend, one can only come into possession of the weapon by defeating its former master in combat. But Bo-Katan is alive and well in The Mandalorian, played by her voice actress Katee Sackhoff. We still don’t know how Moff Gideon came into possession of the weapon. But it must mean that they faced off at one point.

Pre Vizsla fights Obi-Wan Kenobi with the Darksaber in The Clone Wars.Lucasfilm

There are a lot of gaps to fill in about what exactly happened and what it did to the Mandalorians. We see in “The Heiress” that there are different ideologies with Mandlorian culture. (Bo-Katan is chill with taking her helmet off, for instance.) And we still need to learn more about this Great Purge. How does the Darksaber fit into all of this? We can’t wait to find out as The Mandalorian continues.

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