Warning! This article contains SPOILERS for The Mandalorian season 2, episode 3.
In The Mandalorian season 2, episode 3, Din meets Bo-Katan Kryze, the rightful leader of Mandalore, and her associates Koska Reeves and Axe Woves. These Mandalorians are the first Din has ever met outside of his own tribe and it’s immediately clear they follow a different set of customs; chief among them, a willingness to remove their helmets in front of others. Here’s everything we know about Bo-Katan and the other Mandalorians introduced in The Mandalorian season 2, “Chapter 11: The Heiress”.
First introduced during Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Bo-Katan is the sister of Mandalore’s former ruler, Duchess Satine. Bo-Katan originally opposes her sister, disagreeing with Satine’s pacifist views and joining up with the terrorist group, Death Watch. In time, though, Death Watch comes under the control of Darth Maul, and as a result, Bo-Katan and her elite squad of Mandalorians, the Nite Owls, leave the group. She forms the Mandalorian Resistance to fight against Maul’s takeover of Mandalore following his murder of Satine, eventually gaining the assistance of Ahsoka and the Republic to lay siege to the planet.
Bo-Katan is named regent of Mandalore following Maul’s defeat and capture, but her reign is short-lived thanks to her refusal to recognize the newly-formed Empire’s authority. Bo-Katan goes into exile and only reappears years later during Star Wars Rebels, where she’s presented with the Darksaber by Sabine Wren. The Darksaber is lightsaber and ancient Mandalorian weapon traditionally wielded by the Mand’alor or leader of all Mandalorian people. In giving it to Bo-Katan, Sabine and the other Mandalorian clans recognize her as the rightful ruler, agreeing to fight with Bo-Katan to free Mandalore from the Empire.
Some time after this, however, the Great Purge occurs and Bo-Katan loses possession of the Darksaber to Moff Gideon. It’s unclear exactly when during the Empire’s reign the purge takes place, but given the scale of the devastation, it likely happens during the height of their power. Bo-Katan obviously survives the Great Purge, as do other Mandalorians, but as a whole their race is significantly diminished in its wake.
Appearing alongside Bo-Katan in The Mandalorian season 2 is Koska Reeves. The insignia seen on her armor identifies her as a member of the Nite Owls, meaning it’s possible she’s been following Bo-Katan since the Clone Wars. Then again, given her young appearance, it’s perhaps more likely she joined the Nite Owls in the years after, possibly in the fight to oust the Empire from Mandalore. Either way, Koska is another survivor of the Great Purge, and in following Bo-Katan, she’s clearly committed to restoring Mandalore to its former glory.
The third Mandalorian to appear in season 2, episode 3, is Axe Woves. His armor bears no insignia, seeming to indicate that he isn’t a Nite Owl like Koska (and as Nite Owls are typically women, that would make sense). Still, Axe is an ally of Bo-Katan’s and may have been fighting alongside her since the Mandalorian Resistance given his armor resembles that of the Mandalorians who fought against Maul’s occupation. Then again, Death Watch’s armor also came in shades of blue, so perhaps he’s been around even longer. It’s also possible his armor has been cobbled together from what remains following the Great Purge (of which he’s obviously also a survivor), and that could also explain the lack of personal touches, like an insignia.