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Giancarlo Esposito Says The Darksaber Backstory Will Be A Big Part Of The Mandalorian

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BY July 29, 2020
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The first Disney+ Star Wars series surprised and delighted fans of all kinds. Fans loved its approach to storytelling and, of course, Baby Yoda. Yet, for hardcore Star Wars fans, the villain Moff Gideon provided perhaps the most exciting surprise in the last seconds of the season. After emerging from his crashed TIE fighter, we saw that the former Imperial held a legendary weapon, the Darksaber. In a new interview, Giancarlo Esposito says that the backstory around the Darksaber will play a big part of season 2 of The Mandalorian. Comic Years readers strong in the Force know shortly after it debuted, we broke down the (known) history of the Darksaber. Yet, how it went from being in the possession of a group of Mandalorian rebels to Moff Gideon’s hands is a mystery.

We do know the credible rumor that Katee Sackhoff’s Bo Katan will be in the next season. She was the last character we know who had the Darksaber. Most of us assumed that this casting rumor and the one about Rosario Dawson playing Ahsoka would unfold in the “present day.” However, if the backstory of the Darksaber is important, these could be flashbacks. This could be the story we see. Also, we don’t know much about it before it showed up in The Clone Wars, so we may even flash back to High Republic times or earlier. (Also, the forthcoming The Mandalorian books could touch on these things.)

What Giancarlo Esposito Said About What the Backstory of the Darksaber Means for The Mandalorian Season 2

Giancarlo Esposito Darksaber Backstory Mandalorian TIE Fighter Cockpit Image via Lucasfilm

If Star Wars ended with Return of the Jedi, we could imagine that the New Republic ruled the galaxy in peace and harmony for time immemorial. Yet, thanks to both The Mandalorian and the sequel trilogy, we know that it wasn’t that easy. The big disconnect between Star Trek and Star Wars philosophy is how each story approaches the social and political systems in their universes. The Mandalorian takes place five years after the end of Return of the Jedi, and the Outer Rim setting of the series is anything but peaceful. So, as the galaxy and, more specifically the Mandalorians themselves, look for direction, the Darksaber will be hugely important to that.

When the 2020 Emmy Nominations were announced, Esposito got the nod twice. Nominated for both Moff Gideon and his Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul character Gus Fring, the actor had a good day. In a short interview, Esposito revealed that the saga of the Darksaber only just begun.

As he told Deadline.com:

“You’ll see more of the darksaber, you’ll get the explanation of this ancient weapon to the modern world, a collapsed world…. Where did this saber come from and how was it revived? It’s a key in our second season, which will be back sooner than later.

“(The saber) is a key to Moff Gideon’s past, which possibly has a lot to do with where he comes from and his desire to build a planet and bring it back together….”

We’re not quite sure what he means by “build a planet.” We can probably assume that it’s in line with his and Werner Herzog’s The Client’s stated goals. With the Emperor gone (his soul on Exegol, desperately clinging to life), Moff Gideon likes wants to build an ordered (read: authoritarian) society.

Yet, while the Darksaber is important to Moff Gideon, it’s also important (potentially) to Dyn Jarren, the titular hero. If he were to wield the Darksaber after winning it in combat, he would effectively be the leader of all the Mandalorian clans. It’s also unclear how Mandalorians would react to it being in Gideon’s possession. Either way, it’s importance to the story, the people in it, and the galaxy as a whole cannot be overstated.

The Mandalorian Season 2 will debut on Disney+ this fall.

What do you think? Are you hyped that Giancarlo Esposito revealed the Darksaber backstory will be important in the next season of The Mandalorian? Tell us in the comments below.

Featured image via screengrab.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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