In the last episode (Chapter 16: Rescue) of the second season of “The Mandalorian”, Dean assembled a brilliant team, with which he went to rescue Grogu. Luke Skywalker’s flamboyant appearance in the final scenes of the episode somewhat overshadowed the thrilling finale leading up to the next season.
Bo-Katan joined the Mandalorian’s team and agreed to participate in the liberation of Grog on the condition that she fight Moff Gideon to return the Darksword, and with it the throne of Mandalore. However, in the end, Mando fought Gideon, and he was given the iconic sword, which Bo-Katan can only get in a fight with Dean, which makes her a potential antagonist of the already confirmed third season of The Mandalorian.
In her first appearance in the episode “The Heiress,” Bo-Katan made it clear how obsessed with the desire for the Dark Sword. Previously, her aspirations were associated with tracking and revenge on Gideon, but after the events of the final episode of the second season, she did not achieve what she wanted. Judging by how violent she is in the animated series, it is unlikely that she would give up and give up Mandalore to Dean Jarin. Bad news for Mando, as the same episode made it clear how skillful Bo-Katan is at hand-to-hand combat compared to the Mandalorian using a clumsy, semi-improvised style. If they do collide with helmets in season three, it’s unlikely that all will end well for Mando.
However, the Mandalorian is not interested in the Darksword or Mandalore’s throne. When Moff Gideon stated that weapons can only be earned in battle, Dean insisted on transferring the weapons to Bo-Katan. But due to tradition and pride, it is unlikely that she will accept weapons in this way. On the other hand, in Star Wars Rebels, Sabin Wren offered the Dark Sword to Bo-Katan, and she agreed to accept it without a fight, but this happened before the weapon fell into the hands of Gideon.
We do not know exactly how Moff received the sword, but we can assume that it happened during the battle with Bo-Katan, so for her the only way to get the weapon back and preserve her honor is by trial. Given that Mando has robbed her of her planned rematch with Gideon, she can only fight the Mandalorian himself. Moreover, in the final episode it is announced that in order to obtain the status of the true leader of the home planet, it is necessary to perform this strange “ritual”.
In Rebels, Bo-Katan turned into a goodie, but in The Clone Wars she was portrayed as a full-fledged villain (at least in Obi-Wan’s eyes). She may have changed a lot since then, but the challenge is thrown and the battle with a new friend is the only way to get the most coveted item in the entire galaxy, so it is likely that she will return without remorse to her roots and a life of violence for political reasons.
There are many moments in her history when she ruthlessly pursued her goals: as a member of the Death Watch, Bo-Katan readily killed innocent people and even resorted to terrorist actions, detonating bombs in public places and burning villages full of people. Wanting to get the Dark Sword, it is unlikely that she will stop before the fact that a benevolent Dean stood between her and the weapon.
After Mando defeated Moff Gideon again (this time imprisoning him so that he definitely cannot recover with even more strength), the show needs a new antagonist. In Chapter 13, Jedi, Ahsoka hinted at Thrawn’s appearance, but he will either become the villain of the spin-off, or the global problem of the big arc linking The Mandalorian and its offshoots into a single whole. To advance the story, the Mandalorian needs a new villain.
The brief battle between Kosky Reeves and Boba Fett after her caustic remark may herald a struggle between their cohorts. And villains are not new to the Star Wars universe. From Asajj Ventress to Captain Phasma, a galaxy far, far away is full of angry women, but the main villains in Star Wars are usually men. Bo-Katan will replace Moff Gideon as the main antagonist of The Mandalorian, and this will likely change the above rule.
Fighting Bo-Katan could be a test of Mando’s loyalty to the path of Mandalore. His conviction was already shaken when Mayfield asked how firmly he adhered to them and other Mandalorian beliefs represented by the Children of the Marines. Now that Mando no longer needs to care for Grog, who is protected by the Jedi, the show needs a new conflict. A confrontation between the Mandalorians can deepen the plot and determine Mandalore’s true path.
The premiere of the third season of “The Mandalorian” is expected in 2022. And at the end of 2021, a spin-off about Bob Fett will be released.