Last week the first episode of The Mandalorian Season 2 aired and it was a blast to watch! The show has managed to bring in many old and new fans from all around the world together. It’s a strong indication that people are more than happy when directors follow the source material from established franchises instead of diverting from it.
Anyways I’m not here to rant about what-ifs today, instead, I’m going to share some lore on the Mandalorians which will definitely elevate your experience of the show.
1. The Dark Saber
At the end of season 1 of The Mandalorian, fans got a delightful treat of watching the Dark Saber making an appearance in the show. If you were not familiar with the lore, then you won’t have understood why your associates were screaming out of joy, so let me enlighten you.
The short version of it is that Lightsaber belonged to the first and possibly only Mandalorian, called Tarre Vizsla, to have ever been inducted into the ranks of the Jedi. Ever since then, the Saber has been used as a symbol of authority to unite and lead the Mandalorians.
The last person to wield it and untie Mandalore was Bo-Katan Kryze, who will be appearing in the show this season. We believe that the show will explore deeper on how the Dark Saber ended up in the service of the Empire once again.
2. Mandalorians of the past were very different.
In the first season, the show touches more on the ideals of being a Mandalorian and also highlights their neutrality. The current Mandalorians of the era have only one concern, which is to ensure that their way of life survives by doing whatever they can, thus holding no alliance to the Empire nor the Republic.
However, this was not how the Mandalorians of the old era were. They were initially a warmongering clan that thrived for the trill of battle and were flourishing by colonizing worlds throughout the galaxy. One might even argue that they weren’t intently evil but were following their way of life.
Their crusade ultimately came to an end in The Mandalorian Wars, which was won by a charismatic Jedi called Revan who defeated Mandalore the Ultimate, the leader of the Mandalorians during the time, in single combat. And if you were to dig deeper into the lore for the reason of why the Mandalorians began their crusade, it reveals that were the victims of influence by a Sith’s false vision.
3. The rightful ruler of Mandalore.
As I mentioned earlier, the Dark Saber is a prominent symbol to the Mandalorians and whoever wields it is usually the rightful leader. Naturally, it has to be earned through combat; however, Bo-Katan Kryze, the last ruler of the Saber and Mandalore, did not technically obtain the right but was given to by another Mandalorian.
Sabine Wren, a Mandalorian who got introduced in the Star Wars Rebels soon became a prominent figure in the franchise over time. She played an important role in liberating the Empire from Mandalore and convincing them to rebel against their oppressors. Thus, making her the ruler of Mandalore but chose to give it up knowing that she was not ready to carry the burden.
There have been rumours that Sabine Wren will be appearing in the season 2 of The Mandalorian. The last time we saw her, she was travelling with Ashoka, a confirmed character for the second season, to locate their companion named Ezra, who is a Jedi.
I hope this lore helped expand your understanding of how impactful the Mandalorians are to the franchise as well as the fans. I believe we are going to witness some massive influence of Mandalorians down the road in the tv show and honestly, it’s about time.
This is the way.