What really comes to your mind when you think of Star Wars? Maybe it is lightsabers or The Force or even the Darth Vader. Each is quintessentially Star Wars and, yet, there is a whole galaxy far away to play in beyond that, one that has mostly been left untouched for about 40 years outside a handful of comics, books, and video games. The first season of The Mandalorian was the perfect antidote for those who were eager for something different; a slice of sedate Star Wars that was not concerned with the world of Sith and Jedi.
It was something beneath those lofty clashes and even dealt with matters far smaller up until the very final twist of the show. The emergence of the Darksaber, while excitedly drawing from a less mainstream story of Star Wars, could cause the second season of The Mandalorian to dip into a tried-and-tested pool of lore, away from what made the first season of the show so refreshing.
Mandalorian Season 2 | Mysteries and Cliffhangers To Be Solved
But first, what is exactly the Darksaber? The fans of Star Wars will have seen the weapon before in the Clone Wars television series where it forms an integral part of the Mandalorian tradition. Inevitably, it ends up with the villains of the series, including a certain Darth Maul, only to be won back by our heroes.
Sometime after that, Moff Gideon gets his hands on the Darksaber, we do not know how just yet and now it is set to be the centerpiece for the immediate future of The Mandalorian.
While Gideon was slicing through his ship’s wreckage with the Darksaber does not wipe away seven episodes of the sustained, subtle world-building, it does draw the eye from much of what made the show successful. By placing it nicely at the very end of the finale of the season, the reveal seems set to dominate the discussion in the run-up to season 2.
The Darksaber hints at a potential change in the direction for the series. What could have been a more exciting cat-and-mouse chase between Gideon and the entreating Mandalorian with Baby Yoda in town and in need of some training, Mando-style, may now transform into a battle over the fate of the Darksaber.
It is something that feels like less of an enticing cliffhanger, and more of a prelude to a Skywalker-lite adventure akin to what we have already seen nine times on the big screen since 1977’s A New Hope.