At the end of the first season of The Mandalorian, Din Djarin was quested to return The Child to his own people, the Jedi. But in order to complete this quest, Djarin would need to seek out other Mandalorians, and so far that’s what he’s spent all of the second season doing.
In the latest episode of The Mandalorian, Chapter 11: “The Heiress,” Djarin succeeds in his quest to find others of his kind. But these Mandalorians weren’t what he was expecting, not even close. One of the Mandalorains Djarin encounters plenty of Star Wars fans will recognize, but two of them are brand new to a galaxy far, far away.
So without further ado, allow me to introduce you to the newest Mandalorians to join the cast of The Mandalorian.
Koska Reeves, played by Mercedes Varnado, who is better known to most as WWE Superstar Sasha Banks, is a brand new character to the Star Wars universe. After the latest episode of The Mandalorian we know that Reeves is a fearless Mandalorian warrior, and from a quick look at the color scheme of her beskar armor and the emblem on shoulder, she’s also a member of Bo-Katan’s Nite Owls; an elite all-female squad of Mandalorians. The Nite Owls split in two when Darth Maul killed Pre Vizsla and proclaimed himself as the new leader of the Death Watch clan and Mandalore. Half sided with Maul and half sided with Bo-Katan to fight against Maul. From the looks of Reeves’ armor, she’s likely a veteran of the Great Purge and many other battles. Hopefully Reeves will appear in future episodes of The Mandalorian and we’ll learn more about her history.
As with Koska Reeves, Axe Woves is another character that’s brand new to the Star Wars universe. Played by British actor Simon Kassianides, Woves is a Mandalorian warrior in service to Bo-Katan, and while his armor is similar to that of Reeves, it’s not the same. Couple the different beskar armor with the fact that Woves is a male, we know that he cannot serve as a member of the Nite Owls. It’s possible that Woves is a former member of Death Watch, Shadow Collective, or a house loyal to Bo-Katan of House Kryze, but the most likely reason for his alliance with Bo-Katan is his service in the Mandalorian Resistance. Led by Bo-Katan, the Resistance fought to free Mandalore from the clutches of the Empire during the period of the Galactic Civil War.
Kassianides shared a really cool story about his character on Instagram recently, telling fans that it was George Lucas himself who can up with his character’s name.
Leader of the Mandalorian Resistance and the Nite Owls, Bo-Katan Kryze is the rightful ruler of the planet Mandalore and the rightful owner of the legendary darksaber. Kryze is the leader of House Kryze and was born and raised on Mandalore. She is the veteran of two separate Mandalorian civil wars, has seen action during the time of the Republic, the Empire, and now, the New Republic. At some point during the Great Purge, Mandalore was completely devastated and Kryze lost possession of the darksaber to Moff Gideon. As a result of the Purge, many of her people were killed or forced into hiding, and Kryze is now on a mission to recapture the darksaber, regroup her people, and retake Mandalore. It’s during this time that Din Djarin crosses paths with Kryze and she attempts to recruit him to her cause, only to find out that he’s a member of Death Watch, a “cult of religious zealots that broke away from Mandalorian society. Their goal was to re-establish the ancient way.” Initially, Kryze looked down upon Djarin and mocked him with “this is the way,” but by the time they part ways she’s clearly gained respect from her masked countryman. If I were a betting man I’d put my money on seeing Kryze again before Season 2 is over.
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