Star Wars The Mandalorian does not only allure the viewers with its lead stars, Din Djarin and Grogu, but it also tends to showcase its supporting cast, which makes the story move forward with such wonder. While speaking with the House of R podcast on the Ringer-Verse podcast network, Katee Sackhoff, who plays Bo-Katan, discusses her character’s current situation, how Bo’s complicated past influences her portrayal, what it means for Bo to be a Mandalorian, the connection with her sister Satine Kryze, and the rationale behind this season's slight shift in her outfit.
Bo-Katan is sitting on her throne in The Mandalorian season 3 when we first encounter her. The actress then tackled the choice to strike this particular position when Din shows up. According to her, it was heavily influenced by the losses Bo has endured since the season 2 finale and how poorly she has handled them. “We worked on it for quite a while, and our goal was for her to look very dismissive of it, very disrespectful of it, and very disrespectful of him [Din] and his presence. I think she is in a really bad state.” she said.
Sackhoff continued, “I think for Bo, she’s lost everything. Everything that she thought was important, everything that she thought she knew, everything that she wanted. Her family, her planet, her Darksaber, her respect. She’s lost everything. I think that she’s at a point where she may or may not be trying to figure out if everything she’s done in her life is misguided. For fans of Clone Wars and Rebels, this is a woman who has a lot of guilt, you know? And I think it’s playing itself out now.”
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Sackhoff also went into further detail regarding Bo's decision to withhold information from Din regarding her history. She noted that Bo-Katan's past is quite complicated, as she leaves out her contribution to the emergence of Deathwatch in the Clone Wars, which gave rise to Din's own clandestine Children of the Watch, according to some fans.
The actress dives deep into what it means to be a Mandalorian, highlighting the way Din grew up being taught by the armorer that there was only one true way to be a Mandalorian, before he encounters Bo-Katan and her Night Owls, and then Boba Fett, who also wears the armor without adhering to his perceptions of what a Mandalorian should be.
“One of the interesting things about the show and “The Way”, to use the show’s words, is that I think it’s one of those things where everyone can read the same text and just interpret it differently, and it leads to disagreements and arguments and wars and all of these things, because we took the exact same words and it meant something to different people based on life experience and their own standings and the things they’ve been through in their life. And so I think that it means very very different things to a lot of different people. And you’ll see that play out this season.” explained Sackhoff.
For the full interview, head to this link. New episodes of The Mandalorian season 3 drop every Wednesday on Disney+.