Bo-Katan, Boba Fett, Sabine, Ahsoka: Why characters rumored for The Mandalorian S2 aren't overkill
In mid March 2020, Variety and several other reputable entertainment publications gave Star Wars fans more evidence that a fan-casting rumor is happening. Ahsoka Tano is coming to live-action played by veteran actor Rosario Dawson, a role that has been long rumored and somewhat campaigned for by Dawson herself. Online squeals of excitement could be found, but louder still were the eye rolls and questions of “why not let voice actor Ashley Eckstien play the role”. Fast forward about a month to the present, and we've had three almost confirmed “Legacy Characters” apparently set to appear and one heavily rumored. And the discourse around whether or not these characters should be “forced” into the groundbreaking fan-favorite series hasn't changed. But why are these characters names being floated about as potential cameos or supporting roles in Mando Season 2? Was Lucasfilm unhappy with Season 1's performance, or do they wanna feed the beast of unnecessary fan-service? I would say no and no, Filoni, Favreau and the other storytellers have gained my trust. So now I'm going to share my theories on why they may have chosen to include all of the rumored characters, and why I think they fit.
Our most recent “confirmation” was that of Actress Katee Sackhoff returning to the role of Bo-Katan, this time in live-action! But who is Bo-Katan Kryze, and why is she relevant to the story of Din Djarin and his quest to return The Child to his home? Fans of The Clone Wars know Bo-Katan was a member of The Deathwatch, a group of Mandalorian extremists that operated during the Clone Wars. She was also the sister of the Dutchess of Mandalore Satine Kryze, who Deathwatch vehemently opposed due to her transitioning of Mandalore into a peaceful society of pacifists. When Deathwatch was split after its former leader Pre Vizsla was defeated in combat by Maul, Bo-Katan led those still loyal to Mandalore against Mauls minions. Later she would Join with The Republic and even the burgeoning Rebel Alliance in a long drawn out battle to free her home world. She would also be chosen as the rightful ruler of Mandalore and wield the symbol of that authority the Darksaber. Since we know now the Darksaber is in the hands of Moff Gideon it's a natural progression of the story to see how he came to hold the legendary blade. And what remains to be seen is what became of the last owner of the Darksaber, and what happened on the so called “Night of a Thousand Tears”.
While Sabine's role in Mando season 2 is still very much a rumor, the artistic, enthusiastic explosives expert Mandalorian would not require much of a shoehorn to make sense in Din Djarin's story. After all we now know Sabines mother Ursa Wren was a member of Deathwatch and worked very closely with Bo-Katan toward the end of the Clone Wars. Sabine was also entrusted with the Darksaber after liberating it from Mauls Sanctum on Dathomir. We also know that she spent some time in the Imperial Academy on Mandalore and invinted a weapon that specifically targeted Mandalorian Beskar armor. A short time before the Battle of Yavin, Sabine chose to give the Darksaber to Bo-Katan as the rightful ruler of Mandalore. Several Mandalorian clans aligned themselves with Bo-Katan, and so we began to see the beginnings of what their existence would become when we catch back up to them in season 1 of The Mando. I was struck with a realization upon rewatching this scene in the final season of Rebels. After seeing Mando season 1, I couldn't help but picture Din Djarin in the midst of that gathering of Mandalorian clans!
Boba Fett/Rex/New Veteran Clone?
The casting of Temuera Morrison brings with it a number of possibilities, at least for the die-hard fan. Of course the most logical and safest choice is that he is playing Boba Fett, fan favorite or edge-lord daydream depending on who you ask. And lets be honest, it would make sense. Before The Mandalorian even premiered fans were
speculating that the mysterious bounty hunter in Mandalorian armor was none other than Boba himself living on the down low after supposedly giving the Almighty Sarlacc indigestion in ROTJ. Boba Fett just makes sense. An unaltered clone of Jango Fett, the clone template for the Grand Army of the Republic, Boba was raised by Jango as his son. Lets not get into the psychology of a tough guy bounty hunter who just wants to be a father. Jango notably wore Mandalorian armor but was not a Mandalorian according to Prime Minister Almec and the people of Mandalore. How interesting would it be to see someone so committed to the Mandalorian culture and creed such as Din Djarin to come into contact with someone who dishonors it by wearing their armor?
But why not let Morrison play multiple roles? Clone Captain Rex would make sense sense he has also been created from Jango's DNA. Rex also played a major role in the Siege of Mandalore and worked along Sabine and the Ghost crew, as well as the Rebel Alliance.
And who's to say that he isn't playing an all new clone character that we could grow to love just as much or more than Boba, Jango, or Rex?
Finally, the rumor that started it all, Ahsoka Tano is well on her way to making her live-action debut in season 2. So how does the disgraced former Jedi and former Padawan of Anakin Skywalker fit into the story of Din Djarin? Aside from the fact that Ahsoka has played a major role in the lives of most of the other “rumored” characters, she has also played a major role in Mandalorian history. Ahsoka unofficially led Captain Rex and the Republic troops during the Siege of Mandalore.
During the battle she helped Bo-Katan and Ursa Wren liberate their home world from the clutches of Maul. During the reign of the Empire she worked with the Ghost crew and Phoenix Squadron, and after the Galactic Civil War accompanied Sabine Wren in the search for Ezra Bridger in the Unknown Regions of the galaxy. Who better to help Din Djarin understand the mysterious power that radiates from The Child? Din has been told the Jedi are enemies, Ahsoka is no Jedi. She has helped his people attempt to liberate themselves in the past, so he would respect her input. It doesn't have to be a major role for it to have an amazing impact on Dins story, and not overshadow his character arc.
But whoever we meet in The Mandalorian season 2, new favorites or old friends, It's safe to say that in the capable hands of amazing storytellers bringing known characters in.. This is not overkill... This is the way. Tell us your thoughts on Gerry's list by tweeting him now @thecanonjunkie!