Book of Boba Fett episode 5 sets up Mandalorian season 3 in key ways

The Ebook of Boba Fett “Chapter 5” was principally simply an episode of The Mandalorian, and we definitely received’t complain. However apart from all of the motion and intrigue you would possibly count on from Din Djarin’s adventures, this week’s episode additionally introduced in loads of lore about Mandalorians and their planet, which had beforehand solely been hinted at or introduced up within the Star Wars: Rebels animated sequence.

[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for The Book of Boba Fett episode 5 as well as The Mandalorian and Star Wars: Rebels.]

The Mandalorian lore on this episode begins subtly early within the episode, after we see Din Djarin, who stars within the episode as a substitute of Boba Fett himself, wielding the Darksaber. Whereas Din wins his combat handily, he comes away badly injured and wields the blade with nice issue. Finally, he finds The Armorer and Paz Vizla, the 2 surviving members of his covert, who clarify to him the historical past of the Darksaber and practice him in utilizing it.

The Armorer explains that the Darksaber is the sacred blade of the Mandalorian folks and that whoever is its proprietor via fight is the rightful ruler of their house planet, Mandalore. The Armorer additionally lets Din know that it was first solid by Tarre Vizsla a member of one among Mandalore’s strongest households and the primary Mandalorian Jedi — the ancestor that Paz mentions later within the episode. In the meantime, we additionally study that the saber itself is temperamental and tough, in a means that almost all lightsabers will not be. If its consumer isn’t capable of finding concord with the blade, it turns into heavy and unusable.

Most of this data is rehashed from Star Wars: Rebels, nevertheless it’s nonetheless very good to listen to within the context of Star Wars’ live-action sequence. In reality, it may additionally present an important preview of what’s to return in The Mandalorian season 3.

“Chapter 5” additionally sheds some new mild on what precisely occurred on Mandalore and why the race of warriors is scattered to the wind. We already knew about The Nice Purge and The Night time of a Thousand Tears, however that is episode is the primary time we get a full image of both occasion.

The Armorer blames the autumn of Mandalore particularly on Bo-Katan Kryze, who she says misplaced The Means partly as a result of she was given the Darksaber by Sabine Wren and didn’t win it by power. After all, an vital wrinkle to recollect in all of that is that The Armorer is a part of the Kids of the Watch, a cult-like group of Mandalorians (and quasi-Mandalorians) who’re ardent of their adherence to The Means, in contrast to most Mandalorians previous and current. This possible signifies that The Armorer’s blaming of Bo-Katan is greater than a bit of biased and unfair.

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