Star Wars fans have, almost assuredly, not seen the last of the Darksaber.
The black-bladed lightsaber — an ancient Mandalorian weapon created by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian to join the Jedi Order — gives whoever wins it in battle, and thus wields it, de facto power to rule the planet Mandalore.
In The Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode, we learned just how important it was for Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) to honorably win the Darksaber in battle with Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and retake her homeworld in her sister, Duchess Satine Kryze’s, name.
Alas, it was not to be, and bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) won the saber in a beskar spear battle with the Moff. In all likelihood, this storyline will continue well into Season 3 of the hit Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni series.
Though the Darksaber is highly intriguing in Star Wars lore, it is, at the end of the day, just a lightsaber — albeit one that is immensely powerful, looks incredibly cool, and causes the wielder to get more in-tune with his or her dark side tendencies. Still, from a pragmatic standpoint, it is just a lightsaber.
There is, however, another weapon that the Mandalorian creative team is primed to introduce that is far more than a normal piece of weaponry — the Mortis Dagger, which can be used to kill beings who represent a physical manifestation of the Force, appeared in the Altar of Mortis episode of Dave Filoni’s animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Wookieepedia has provided the following explanation:
The Dagger of Mortis, simply referred to as the Mortis Dagger, was a mystical weapon that resided on the Altar of the Wild Space world of Mortis. The weapon was kept hidden on the realm of Mortis by the Father, who kept it as a means that could control his children, the Daughter and the Son. The weapon was capable of controlling the sibling pair of powerful Force wielders, and it was also capable of killing them, if necessary. When used on the Father, however, his death at the hands of the dagger would rob his children of their immortality.
In Clone Wars, the Father lured Anakin Skywalker — believed to be the Chosen One who would bring balance back to the Force — to Mortis, where Skywalker passed the test to prove he was, in fact, the Chosen One.
Ultimately, a dramatic battle ensued, and Skywalker’s Padawan Ahsoka Tano (voiced by Ashley Eckstein/portrayed in live-action in The Mandalorian by Rosario Dawson) was killed by the Dagger when it was wielded by the Son. The Son then attempted to kill the Father — who was already dying — and when the Daughter tried to stop him, she died instead.
The Son left the scene — and the Mortis Dagger — and the Daughter’s remaining life force was used to bring Tano back. Then, the Father used the dagger on himself, making the Son mortal, and implored the Jedi to leave the planet before it plunged into darkness forever.
Just your everyday, functional family dynamic.
“Okay,” you’re probably thinking, “so how is the Mortis Dagger going to return?” The answer quite possibly lies in one of the three upcoming Mandalorian spinoffs.
Lucasfilm has confirmed Ahsoka, Rangers of the New Republic, and The Book of Boba Fett — and Ahsoka seems positively primed for a reintroduction of the Dagger of Mortis. We already know that many Star Wars fans who don’t like the sequel trilogy are hoping showrunners Favreau and Filoni use the World Between Worlds to erase the events of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
Then, there’s the fact that the Father, the Daughter, and the Son have already appeared — in mural form, but still — to characters who are expected to play into the Ahsoka storyline. Above, you can see Jedi Ezra Bridger (voiced by Taylor Gray) looking at depictions of the trio of powerful Force wielders.
ScreenRant shared the following thoughts about how the theory of the Mortis Dagger playing into Ahsoka could work. The site noted that Grand Admiral Thrawn (voiced by Lars Mikkelsen/rumored to be played in live-action by Robert Downey, Jr.) could also be after the weapon, which could potentially make it a major plot point.
We discovered, of course, that Thrawn was still pulling strings in the galaxy during Tano’s appearance in The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 5 (“Chapter 13: The Jedi”), when Corvus Magistrate Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto) says he is her master:
The Dagger was left on Mortis when Ahsoka, Anakin, and Obi-Wan left the realm, but how they ended up there (and how they left) isn’t made explicitly clear in The Clone Wars, so a non-Force user like Thrawn may attempt to access the Dagger through more crude methods, as Veris Hydan did to the entrance to the Worlds Between Worlds in Star Wars Rebels.
The Mortis Dagger could also be tied to the mystical World Between Worlds, given their shared connections to the Force wielders of Mortis. Perhaps the Mortis Dagger can be used for more than killing Force wielders and is a method of entering the mysterious plane. The World Between Worlds gives visitors access to any point in time and space, which would easily make it important enough to involve Din Djarin [Pedro Pascal] and Cara Dune [Gina Carano] (as well as Luke Skywalker and Grogu) in Ahsoka’s adventures.
What do you think? Will we see the Dagger of Mortis appear in The Mandalorian saga soon?