Mando shows off his Darksaber skills in newly released stills from The Book of Boba Fett.

Disney+ shared new images of Din Djarin wielding the Darksaber in his return to the Star Wars universe during Episode 5 of The Book of Boba Fett. The first still shows Mando striking Paz Vizsla with the powerful saber as the two duel for ownership of the mythic blade. The second sees Din on the defense this time, kneeling and blocking one of the Armorer’s attacks during the pair’s training session earlier in the episode.

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In “Chapter 5: The Return of the Mandalorian,” the show diverged from Boba Fett’s story and focused on Din instead. After clumsily using the Darksaber to collect a bounty, Din seeks out the underground location of the Armorer and Paz. The Armorer tells him the history of Mandalore and explains that he has a hard time wielding the weapon because he’s fighting against the blade rather than with it.

The Darksaber has lore that predates Moff Gideon’s use of it in Season 1 of The Mandalorian. It’s appeared on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels and holds great meaning beyond its sheer power. It was created by Tar Vizsla, the first Mandalorian inducted into the Jedi Temple, and it stayed at the temple until House Vizsla stole it after his death. It was then passed down the Vizsla generational line, and whoever wielded it became the leader of Mandalore. This tradition was broken when Darth Maul took the Darksaber, then killed Pre Vizsla for it, making him the new leader of Mandalore.

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The events of Rebels saw Sabine Wren take the blade and train with it before handing it over to Bo-Katan Kryze, meaning the latter did not win it in battle. At some point in the decades that followed, Bo-Katan lost the blade and Moff Gideon took control of it.

A reunion is expected between Bo-Katan Kryze and Mando when Season 3 of The Mandalorian arrives. She sought to defeat Moff Gideon in Season 2 of The Mandalorian and reclaim the weapon for herself, but Din ended up winning the blade from the Imperial. The Armorer called Bo-Katan a cautionary tale because she didn’t originally win the Darksaber in combat, even blaming her actions for the fall of Mandalore. Whatever the truth, the Darksaber’s story is far from over.

The Book of Boba Fett Season 1 is currently streaming on Disney+.

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