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13 November 2020 18:30

Bo-Katan

‘The Mandalorian’ Chapter 11: A ‘Clone Wars’ Fave Played By Katee Sackhoff Takes Center Stage

The Mandalorian Chapter 11 introduces fans to Bo-Katan of Clan Kryze but just who is she and who is the actress playing her? Chapter 9 teased the return of Boba Fett while Chapter 11 has finally reunited Mando with more Mandalorians, led by a character some may already be familiar with, Bo-Katan of Clan Kryze. Several contacts claim to know the whereabouts of Mandalorians but a crew of Quarren fishermen lure Mando into a trap in order to steal his Beskar armour. Luckily for Mando, the Mandalorians he's been searching for end up coming to his rescue, led by Bo-Katan of Clan Kryze. Bo-Katan promises to give Mando the information he's after, about the location of the Jedi, but only if he helps them in their mission to steal some weapons from an Imperial ship.

Lady Bo-Katan of Clan Kryze was first introduced to the Star Wars franchise in the Clone Wars animated series where she became a recurring character in episode arcs featuring the Mandalorians. Bo-Katan is the heiress to Mandalore's throne but to stake her claim, she must reclaim the Darksaber, the unusual lightsaber which we saw in the hands of Moff Gideon in the final shot of season 1. Bo-Katan is played by Katee Sackhoff in The Mandalorian. Clone Wars fans will be pleased to know that Katee actually voiced Bo-Katan in the Clone Wars series and reprises her role to play her live-action self. Aside from Star Wars, Katee Sackhoff is best known for her roles in 24, The Flash, Longmire and Battlestar Galactica where she played the role of Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace, showing she's no stranger to sci-fi.

Here's how the return of Bo-Katan Kryze and her Nite Owls of Mandalore reconciles the Mando canon of the animated shows The Clone Wars and Rebels with what we know from The Mandalorian. Spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian Season 2 Chapter 11, "The Heiress." In case you're fuzzy on the Mandalorians in The Clone Wars or Rebels, here's a quick primer for you. Bo-Katan is a Mandalorian from the planet Mandalore who fought to keep control of her planet when Darth Maul's Shadow Collective tried to co-opt a group she was a part of called "Death Watch." Initially, Death Watch was an extremist element within Mandalorian culture — which, immediately prior to the Clone Wars, had been a neutral and peaceful planet. Back in The Clone Wars era, there were plenty of Mandalorians that not only didn't wear helmets but didn't wear armor, either. Bo-Katan ended-up teaming-up with Obi-Wan to help drive out Maul and returned to Mandalore with Ahsoka Tano to try to retake the planet again at the end of The Clone Wars.

Bo-Katan also reappeared on Rebels, and at that time, became the rightful wielder of the Darksaber after it was briefly held by Sabine Wren. If you've never watched The Clone Wars or Rebels, this would seem like a massive cop-out that suddenly allows new Mandalorians to take their helmets off all the time. But the thing is, for longtime Star Wars fans — and those of us who just saw Bo-Katan in the final season of The Clone Wars — this detail is actually canon reconciliation. When Bo-Katan joined Death Watch in The Clone Wars, she too was trying to help keep the warrior-society of Mandalore alive. When Bo-Katan realized the Death Watch was supporting Darth Maul in The Clone Wars, she became part of the Nite Owls, which seems to be a group that still exists in this episode.

In addition to these splinter Mandos, Rebels also introduced us to the Imperial Mandalorians. Bo-Katan and Ahsoka in 'The Clone Wars' Lucasfilm Chapter 11 of The Mandalorian is called "The Heiress," which refers to Bo-Katan herself. It seems very unlikely that we've seen the last of Bo-Katan, partially because bringing back Katee Sackhoff (who played the voice role on The Clone Wars) is a double treat not only for Star Wars fans but for Battlestar Galactica fans who loved her as Starbuck. Every week I've looked at all the major questions that each new episode of The Mandalorian has caused us to ask, and while Chapter 11 of the series certainly left us wondering about some things, it also provided us with some huge answers. We know so much more about how The Mandalorian fits into the larger Star Wars universe.

This is because Katee Sackhoff's Bo-Katan Kryze, who was introduced in The Clone Wars animated series, has now made her live-action debut. Warning: This recap has spoilers about today's Disney+ drop of The Mandalorian Chapter 11: The Heiress, directed by Bryce Dallas Howard Finally, three episodes in on season two of The Mandalorian, we return to some serious Star Wars mythology following two standalone adventures for Mando. We finally get to meet –in the flesh, as opposed to her animated self– Clone Wars' Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff), and she brought along some friends, fellow Mandalorians Koska Reeves (Mercedes Varnado) and Axe Woves (Simon Kassianides). After being double crossed on a sail barge run by the Quarren (Squid Head people) Mando is saved by the Clone Wars trio. Bo-Katan (who keeps taking her helmet off unlike our Mando who refuses to do so per his creed) gives a lesson in Mandalore to our warrior (who exclaims that his newfound friends aren't Mandalorians) explaining that she's part of Clan Kryze, while Mando is a Child of the Watch, a religious zealot sect of the Mandalorians who broke away from their people and seek to re-establish ancient ways. "There's only one way, the way of the Mandalore," Mando tells Bo-Katan. But Mando is saved by the Mandalorian trio again. The darksaber is important to the Mandalorians, originally forged by Tarre Vizsla, a Mando who trained as a Jedi and took control of Mandalore and ruled it. The darksaber fell into the hands of Darth Maul eventually, and then the Mandalore Sabine Wren on the animated series Rebels. Though Bo-Katan rejects the weapon, she eventually takes control of it, and leadership of the Mandalore, being the ideal person to unite all of its clans and strike back against the Empire (that's the short version of the darksaber's history). With Mando having fulfilled his obligation to Bo-Katan, she finally tells him where he can find the Jedi he's looking for: on Caloden on the forest planet of Corvus, and her name is….drumroll…Ahsoka Tano, the fan fave Jedi from Clone Wars who we know is being played by Rosario Dawson this season. And this included the return of Bo-Katan Kryze, a major player in "The Clone Wars" episodes. In the episode, titled "The Heiress," the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child (Baby Yoda) find themselves in a troubling situation on the planet Trask. One of them happens to be Bo-Katan Kryze, who was known from her time in "The Clone Wars." She tells Mando she is in search of the Darksaber, a powerful weapon in the "Star Wars" universe so she can rule over the planet Mandalore again. Kryze then changed her mind and helped free the Jedi and wage war against the Sith.