Spoilers for Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Mandalorian
The season finale of The Mandalorian was released today on Disney+ and the big reveal at the end of the episode connects the show to the rest of the Star Wars universe in a much bigger way. This reveal also hints at what is to come for the next season of The Mandalorian.
At the end of the season finale, Moff Gideon climbed out of the wreckage of his TIE fighter using the Darksaber. The Darksaber was created by the very first Mandalorian to ever join the Jedi Order almost 1,000 years before the Battle of Yavin. His name was Tarre Vizsla. The Darksaber was stored in the Jedi temple until Vizsla’s descendants stole the lightsaber back.
Eventually, it came into Pre Vizsla’s possession during the Clone Wars as he used it to lead Death Watch and push for unity under his rule instead of Duchess Satine’s. The Darksaber eventually passed on to Darth Maul right before the Republican Siege of Mandalore.
Comics has it landing on Dathomir during the reign of the Empire, but then Star Wars: Rebels has the saber get picked up by Sabine Wren, a member of Phoenix Squadron. The show then has Sabine give it to Bo-Katan Kryze, sister of Duchess Satine, to lead the Mandalorians in Sabine’s place.
The Mandalorian finale doesn’t explain how Gideon got the saber but Mando did say that Gideon was an ISB officer during the purge, so the show will probably explore this which, in turn, will likely lead to Gideon becoming a main character in the next season.
So far throughout all of Star Wars, the only way a lightsaber becomes useful is when a Jedi is added to the plot, so there’s a good chance that the new season will include the force in a much bigger way.