Mandalorian’s Black Saber Explained: The Story of Moff Gideon’s Lightsaber


Mandalorian episode 8 concludes the first season with big revelations, including the return of a weapon with a major legacy in the Star Wars universe. The Darksaber is back, but it has fallen into the wrong hands again. And with Season 2 adding one of Darksaber’s previous owners in the form of Katee Sackhoff’s Bo-Katan Kryze, it’s safe to say that this blade will continue to play a big part in The Mandalorian. warlord brandishes a black lightsaber, fear not. Here’s everything you need to know about the Darksaber and how it links the series to events in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

What is the Darksaber in The Mandalorian?

The Darksaber is unique among all the lightsabers in the Star Wars universe. It has a flat katana blade rather than the traditional saber shape. It emits a peculiar, low hum. Even its color is unlike any other – deep black with a shiny white trim. The black saber is one of the most important artifacts of Mandalorian culture. It was created by a former warrior named Tarre Vizsla, the first (and as far as we know, only) Mandalorian to be inducted into the Jedi Order. This event occurred at least 1,000 years before the time of the movies, with the existence of Vizsla forgotten by all but the most devout Mandalorian warriors and historians.The Jedi kept Vizsla’s signature blade as a museum relic, at least until the Mandalorians stole it. Since then, the Darksaber has become a symbol of power. The one who wields the blade is considered by the Mandalorian traditionalists as the legitimate sovereign of Mandalore. Defeating the owner of the blade in a ritual combat is the legitimate path to power.

Learn more about the history of the black saber in our Star Wars wiki guide!

How did Moff Gideon get the black saber in The Mandalorian?

Unfortunately, the Darksaber is used to swapping hands over and over again. During the Clone Wars, Tarre Vizsla’s descendant, Pre Vizsla (voiced by Mandalorian designer Jon Favreau), used the blade to rally his Death Watch recruits against Mandalore’s political leader, Duchess Satine Kryze. Pre Vizsla made the mistake of forging an alliance with former Sith Lord Darth Maul, who killed him in ritual combat and became the new leader of Death Watch. At some point during the last days of the war clones, the black saber fell into the possession of the Nightsisters of Dathomir. He was later claimed by Sabine Wren, a Mandalorian expatriate and a member of the Rebel Alliance. Sabine used the blade to rally her people against Viceroy Gar Saxon, the imperial ruler of Mandalore. Sabine then presented the black saber to Bo-Katan Kryze, sister of the late Duchess Satine.This act seemed to open up a better future for Mandalore and its inhabitants. Unfortunately, The Mandalorian has repeatedly hinted at a dark fate for this planet, with several characters alluding to the Empire’s purge of Mandalore and the survivors being forced into hiding. The fact that Moff Gideon is now waving the blade suggests that he may himself be responsible for the overthrow of Bo-Katan and the theft of Mandalore from his rightful ruler. But at least we know that Bo-Katan is still alive, because Katee Sackhoff will play the character for the first time in live-action in season 2. Assuming she doesn’t appear only as a flashback, c is to say.

How The Mandalorian Connects To The Clone Wars And Mandalore Headquarters

The season 1 finale of the Mandalorian reveals the true name and original story of the character of Pedro Pascal. We see a young Din Djarin barely surviving a Clone Wars battle that claimed the lives of his parents. Although Din was not a Mandalorian by birth, as a “found child”, he was recruited from his culture and raised to become an honorable warrior and hunter.

The origin of Din helps to tie the series more firmly to the events of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As this series unfolds, Mandalore and its surrounding worlds become a much contested battlefield in the conflict between the Republic and the separatists. This culminates in one of the last most destructive battles of the Clone Wars – the siege of Mandalore.Star Wars fans have finally been able to see the siege of Mandalore play out thanks to The Clone Wars: Season 7. The siege of Mandalore is the last of three major story arcs this past season. Although the latest episodes don’t show Din Djarin or other characters from The Mandalorian: Season 1, they do reveal how Ashoka Tano’s good intentions in directing a Republic strike force to capture Darth Maul ended up opening Mandalore to the imperial occupation. With Ahsoka herself apparently appearing in Season 2 (played by Rosario Dawson), the series could explore Ahsoka’s continuing guilt for her role in the plight of Mandalore.

A connection with the Knights of the Old Republic

While the season finale of The Mandalorian makes new connections to projects like The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, it also makes an unexpected connection to a much more distant part of the Star Wars timeline. Emily Swallow’s character The Armorer recalls the ancient battles between the Mandalorians and the Jedi, a conflict that directly set the stage for the 2002 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

This is actually the second time since the release of Episode IX that a Star Wars project has referred to the events of KOTOR. The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary reveals that one of Emperor’s Palpatine Sith Trooper legions is named after the former Jedi Master who became Lord Sith Darth Revan.

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