Did the Darksaber Expose a Major Plot Hole in ‘The Mandalorian’ Finale?

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When the first season of The Mandalorian ended, we knew the Darksaber would play a major role in Season 2 of the hit Disney+ series. After all, the final scene of the first season’s finale featured Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) wielding the weapon after a showdown with Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal).

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Then, during the months between Season 1 and Season 2, it was confirmed that Katee Sackhoff — known for her work in Battlestar Galactica and the voice of Bo-Katan Kryze in animated series Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars — would portray the Mandalorian character in live-action during the second season of Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s hit Disney+ series.

This cemented Star Wars fans’ belief that the Darksaber would be crucial — Bo-Katan Kryze was the last known owner of the Darksaber before Moff Gideon took possession of the legendary saber, crafted by Mandalorian Tarre Vizsla, who was the first Mandalorian to join the Jedi Order.

Wookieepedia summarizes how Bo-Katan (reluctantly) came to wield the weapon:

After rescuing her father from Imperial custody and destroying the superweapon she had built while an Imperial cadet, Sabine offered the Darksaber over to Lady Bo-Katan Kryze, the sister of the former Duchess [Satine Kryze], whom she deemed to be the rightful person to lead the Mandalorians against the Empire. Bo-Katan was reluctant to accept the mantle of leader, but with the support of the other clans, agreed and accepted the Darksaber.

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By the time Din Djarin and Grogu (AKA The Child AKA Baby Yoda) meet Bo-Katan in The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 3 (Chapter 11: The Heiress), she and the Nite Owls are on a desperate search for the Moff — and, more importantly, the Darksaber — in a bid to retake Mandalore.

**SPOILERS for The Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode ahead** 

This is where the (potential) Season 2 finale plot hole comes into play. In order to rescue Grogu, Djarin finally defeats Gideon in an impressive Darksaber vs. beskar spear battle — however, there was a reason that Bo-Katan had initially been so insistent she would only help Djarin, Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) if Gideon surrendered specifically to her.

ScreenRant provides some explanation:

…Gideon smugly explains to Din how the Darksaber can only be rightfully claimed by winning it in combat. And since it’s Din and not Bo-Katan who fights Gideon, he’s now its rightful owner and de facto ruler of Mandalore. 

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Their article goes on to provide a brief summary of how Bo-Katan came to originally accept the Darksaber from Sabine Wren:

In Star Wars Rebels season 3, Sabine Wren discovers the Darksaber among a collection of Darth Maul’s possessions on Dathomir. Previously in Clone Wars, the former Sith won the blade in a duel with Pre Vizsla, the leader of Death Watch. Sabine trains with the Darksaber, hoping to use it as a symbol to rally the various Mandalorian clans against the Empire’s occupation. But upon returning to Mandalore, her mother, Ursa Wren, tells Sabine she cannot truly lay claim to the Darksaber unless she wins it in combat. Later on, Sabine manages to do just that when she fights Gar Saxon, the Empire’s installed ruler of Mandalore. Yet, though Sabine rightfully wins possession of the Darksaber, she chooses to instead find a leader who will unite Mandalore against the Empire, not believing herself destined for the task. Sabine goes on to present Bo-Katan with the Darksaber in Rebels season 4, and the response from the gathered Mandalorians certainly suggests she is its new master.

The implication here is that there is a potential plot hole since Bo-Katan once accepted the Darksaber without winning it in combat, yet wouldn’t take it from Djarin when he attempted to present it to her after defeating Gideon in The Mandalorian Chapter 16: The Rescue.

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The Star Wars Explained YouTube show provides some explanation as to why this might have occurred. You can view the full episode below. In the comments, several fans provided their take on the Bo-Katan/Darksaber storyline.

Jamie wrote:

In my head, since Sabine didn’t ‘win’ it and Maul was dead by then it kinda fell into a grey area. But I feel like she definitely wants to win it legitimately and do it right this time to feel like the rightful ruler

Another commenter, going by the name SomeRandomGuy, shared these thoughts:

Sabine FOUND the Dark Saber, she did not win it in combat. Her handing it to Bo-Katan in Rebels felt different in a way.

Commenter Tyranidus wrote:

A theory I just thought of this morning, it may have been alright to take it from Sabine because Sabine didn’t take it from Maul. Ezra took it from Maul and then gave it to Kanan who then gave it to Sabine. At that point she was free to just accept it since its rightful owner was no where close. Also, Bo Kataan could have decided that Maul doesn’t count so just taking the Darksaber from him is all good, she did call him an outsider in Clone Wars.

Finally, YouTuber user Shawn Morris said:

I feel like the reason is that Bo lost it in combat and has to reclaim it in combat

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The general consensus that Bo-Katan ultimately conceded to take the black-bladed lightsaber from Sabine Wren because Wren herself didn’t win it in battle seems highly plausible — and that it isn’t actually a plot hole.

Furthermore, we know from Lucasfilm’s Walt Disney Company Investor Day announcement that The Mandalorian Season 3 and the show’s two spinoffs — Ahsoka, featuring Rosario Dawson in her role as the Clone Wars and Rebels’ favorite, and Rangers of the New Republic — will be a trio of interconnected series culminating in a live-action Star Wars universe streaming event of some kind.

Is it possible that this apex will feature Bo-Katan Kryze finally earning the Mandalorian Darksaber legitimately (in her mind) and ultimately re-taking Mandalore once and for all? Only time will tell, but it is certainly an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan.

What do you think — will Bo-Katan eventually obtain the ancient Mandalorian weapon in a way she feels honors House Vizsla and her own personal convictions?

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