Does Din Djarin Still Have The Darksaber in ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 3?

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There are a lot of powerful weapons in the world of Star Wars, but the Darksaber holds a special place in the Star Wars lore because of how significant it is to the history of the Mandalorians. Originally introduced during the events of Star Wars: Clone Wars, the Darksaber returned during the events of The Mandalorian as Din Djarin defeated Moff Gideon and was able to take possession of the saber. But does Din Djarin still have the Darksaber in The Mandalorian season 3?

Din Djarin still has the Darksaber in The Mandalorian season 3. This was confirmed in episode 1 of season 3 when Bo-Katan Kryze mockingly told him to wave the saber around so the other Mandalorians would follow him as their leader. As such, there’s a good chance he will use the weapon to lead his people.

The fact that the Darksaber is in possession of Din Djarin is one of the subplots that season 3 will probably explore, as we know that this saber holds a special meaning for the Mandalorians. In that regard, it isn’t just a powerful weapon but is actually a symbol of Mandalorian leadership. So, let’s talk more about this topic so that you would understand what possessing the Darksaber means for Din Djarin in season 3 of The Mandalorian.

Does Din Djarin Still Have The Darksaber?

We all know that the lightsaber has always been an iconic weapon in the history of Star Wars. Nevertheless, the lightsaber was simply treated as a dispensable weapon for the Jedi as they could always make a new one. But that was never how the Mandalorians saw a special lightsaber called the Darksaber.

Wielded by the first and only Mandalorian Jedi, the Darksaber was a lightsaber created by Tarre Vizsla, one of the most iconic Mandalorians in the history of Mandalore. After Tarre’s death, the Mandalorians stole the Darksaber and used it as a symbol of leadership among the Mandalorians. The weapon could only be wielded by the person who won it in single combat, and the one possessing the Darksaber is said to be the true leader of the Mandalorians. This explains why Darth Maul, at one point, led Mandalore as its leader.

The Darksaber was first introduced in Star Wars: Clone Wars but made its way to Bo-Katan Kryze in Star Wars: Rebels after Sabine Wren decided to give it to her so that she could use it to unite the people of Mandalore against the Empire. However, in The Mandalorian, the weapon returned but was in possession of Moff Gideon.

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In season 2, it was revealed that the weapon fell into the hands of Moff Gideon when he defeated Bo-Katan during the battles between the Mandalorian rebels and the Empire. And Bo-Katan believed that she and the Mandalorians lost to the Empire because she never won the Darksaber in single combat, which meant that she was never the rightful leader of her people.

Din Djarin asked Bo-Katan’s assistance in defeating Moff Gideon so that he could save Grogu. Kryze agreed to help him on the condition that she would be given Gideon’s ships and weapons and that she should be the one to defeat him in combat. Of course, Din didn’t know why Bo-Katan needed to be the one to defeat Moff Gideon, as he didn’t know the significance of the Darksaber.

The titular Mandalorian defeated Gideon using his Beskar Steel spear. When he was about to give the Darksaber to Bo-Katan, she rejected it because she had never won it from Gideon. As such, Din Djarin became the rightful wielder of the Darksaber, as he carried it with him during the events of The Book of Boba Fett.

In The Book of Boba Fett, Paz Vizsla, a descendant of Tarre and Pre, challenged Din Djarin to single combat so that he would be the one to wield his family’s heirloom. But while Din struggled to use the Darksaber, he still won against his much bigger opponent. 

That means that Din Djarin carried the Darksaber into the events of season 3 of The Mandalorian despite his status as an apostate after the Armorer expelled him from their tribe for taking his helmet off in front of other people. Nevertheless, he held on to the weapon, as Bo-Katan even mockingly told him he could lead the Mandalorian people as their leader by waving it around.

What Does Possessing The Darksaber Mean for Din Djarin?

As mentioned, Bo-Katan mocked Din Djarin by telling him he was now the leader of the Mandalorians as long as he waved the Darksaber around. Of course, Bo-Katan knew the symbolic meaning of the Darksaber but mocked this archaic belief as she always thought that leadership was not something that a weapon could define but was something innate. And she mocked Din because the Mandalorians wouldn’t obey her when she tried to rally them to return to Mandalore.

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We know that Din’s next chapter in life involves him going to Mandalore to find a way to get into the planet’s mines and bathe in the waters found under the planet’s surface. This was the only way he could redeem himself as a Mandalorian, as the way of the Children of the Watch demanded that he bathe in the waters in the mines of Mandalore for him to become welcome to rejoin the tribe once more. And this was important to Din because being a Mandalorian was the only thing he knew.

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Then again, the fact that he wields the Darksaber could change things for him. That’s because the weapon is a symbol of Mandalorian leadership, as whoever wields it is said to be the rightful leader of the Mandalorians. So, while Din Djarin is only looking to go to Mandalore to bathe in the waters in the mines, he could find himself in a position that’s entirely new to him.

As Bo-Katan said, something as simple as waving the Darksaber around would be enough to make the other Mandalorians obedient to Din Djarin due to how symbolic the weapon is to the Mandalorians. And this could mean that Din becomes Mandalore’s next leader, regardless of whether or not he is ready to take on that role.

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