Episode 5 (chapter 21) of season 3 of The Mandalorian allowed us to see the Armorer anointing Bo-Katan Kryze as the rightful leader of the Mandalorians and as the only person that had the right to remove her helmet because she walked two different Mandalorian worlds. Chapter 22, or episode 6 of season 3, allowed us to see Din Djarin and Bo-Katan traveling to a lush and thriving world home to the Mandalorians that left Kryze’s leadership. But before meeting those Mandalorians, they needed to take care of some business first.
Din and Bo-Katan were commissioned by Captain Bombardier and the Duchess of Plazir-15 to take care of the planet’s problem regarding malfunctioning droids. In exchange, they would allow them to meet with the Mandalorians hired by the planet to protect it. Of course, many things happened along the way, but the ending was the most interesting part of the episode. So, with that said, let’s look at what happened to the episode and explain how it ended.
What Happened in The Mandalorian Chapter 22?
Chapter 22, or episode 6 of season 3 of The Mandalorian, opened up with a scene involving a Quarren ship that stumbled into a fleet of Imperial ships led by the Mandalorian named Axe Woves. The last time we saw Woves, he and Koska Reeves worked under Bo-Katan Kryze. However, Bo-Katan said in the first episode of season 3 that her Mandalorians left with the Imperial fleet they stole from Moff Gideon and became mercenaries because Kryze didn’t possess the Darksaber.
In that regard, it was clear that Woves was now the new leader of these Mandalorian mercenaries. Meanwhile, the scene shifted to Din and Bo-Katan, traveling to a domed city on a planet called Plazir-15. They saw Woves and the Imperial ships on the planet as they learned that the planet’s leaders hired them as their protectors.
However, the two Mandalorians were taken to the planet’s leaders against their will as they met up with Captain Bombardier and the Duchess of Plazir-15. They were taken there because the planet needed their help with the problems regarding malfunctioning droids. And since the Republic forbade Woves and his Mandalorians to meddle with such affairs, only Din and Bo-Katan could help the Bombardier and the Duchess.
The two Mandalorians went on an investigation that allowed them to learn that Commissioner Helgait, the one in charge of the droids on the planet, was responsible for the malfunctioning of the droids. And this was because he never liked Captain Bombardier, a former Imperial officer, as Helgait was formerly with the Separatists.
Helgait’s arrest allowed Din and Bo-Katan to earn the key to Plazir-15 and an audience with the Mandalorians on the planet. Din and Bo-Katan got to Axe Woves and the other Mandalorians, who didn’t see Kryze as their leader. That was what forced Kryze to challenge Woves to single combat, in keeping with the traditions of the Mandalorians, for the right to lead that group of Mandalorians. Bo-Katan defeated Axe, who insisted that she should have challenged Din for the right to bear the Darksaber.
Of course, we know that the Darksaber symbolizes leadership in Mandalorian culture, as only the one who holds the blade has the right to lead the people of Mandalore. However, we know that the one in possession of the Darksaber is Din Djarin, who acquired it from Moff Gideon after defeating him in their fated duel at the end of season 2. And we also know that Bo-Katan was supposed to be the one who should have fought Gideon because she needed the Darksaber to lead her people and use Gideon’s fleet to take Mandalore back.
Who Owns The Darksaber?
Even though Bo-Katan defeated Axe in their duel, the Mandalorians there did not see her as their leader because it was Din wielding the Darksaber. Axe insisted that Bo-Katan should have challenged Din for the blade long ago, only for Kryze to tell him that enough Mandalorian blood had already been spilled. And after Bo-Katan defended Din’s status as a true Mandalorian, that was when the titular Mandalorian character said that she could have the Darksaber.
Bo-Katan said that this blade could not easily be given as a gift from one person to another because it could only be won in single combat. After all, back in Star Wars: Rebels, Sabine Wren gave the Darksaber to Bo-Katan without allowing her to earn it from her in single combat. And that was what they believed was the fatal mistake of the two Mandalorians because they allowed Bo-Katan to lead their people without having the right to do so.
Nevertheless, Din Djarin insisted that the one that owned the Darksaber was Bo-Katan Kryze. While Bo-Katan never challenged Din to fight for the right to own the Darksaber, the reason why she is the rightful owner of the blade actually makes sense.
Why Is Bo-Katan The Rightful Wielder of The Darksaber?
Some of you may be wondering why Bo-Katan is the rightful wielder of the Darksaber. After all, she never challenged and defeated Din Djarin for the right to wield the blade. But let’s not forget that an interesting incident in episode 2 of season 3 makes her worthy of the Darksaber.
In episode 2 of season 3, Din Djarin visited Mandalore to find the Living Waters and redeem himself as a Mandalore. However, he was defeated and captured by a mechanical creature. And that was what led him to tell Grogu to leave the planet and go to Bo-Katan so that she could rescue him.
Bo-Katan went to Mandalore with Grogu and defeated the creature to rescue Din. This is why she was the rightful wielder of the Darksaber, as the one that owned the blade at that time was this creature that captured Din because it defeated him. And because Bo-Katan defeated this very same creature, she now had the right to wield the blade.
Din Djarin told this story to Axe Woves and the other Mandalorians on Plazir-15. They recognized that she was now the rightful owner of the Darksaber because she defeated the very same creature that defeated Din.
As to why Din never gave her the Darksaber before, he must have never thought about that loophole or probably had reservations regarding her right to rule the Mandalorians. Nevertheless, it is clear that he now recognized Bo-Katan as the rightful leader of the Mandalorians by allowing her to wield the Darksaber as its one true owner.