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The Mandalorian S3E2 Finally Gives Bo-Katan Her Moment In The Limelight

Contains spoilers for "The Mandalorian" Season 3 Episode 2, "The Mines of Mandalore"

"The Mandalorian" has always loved a good character cameo. From Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) to Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) and many others, folks from both animated and live-action properties have formed an orderly queue to interact with the shiny-armored main character, Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal). 

Out of these familiar guest stars, the most prominent has arguably been Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), the high-born Mandalorian who's a veteran of animated "Star Wars" shows. Still, while she immediately asserts herself as an important figure in Din's life, she nevertheless remains largely on the periphery, coming and going as a supporting character with her own quests and goals that just so happen to partially align with Din's own mission. 

Well, not so in "The Mandalorian" Season 3 Episode 2. For the first time in a good while — and the first time ever in live action form — we get to see Bo-Katan in the spotlight that she so richly deserves.

Bo-Katan's rescue mission is Star Wars at its most heroic

Din Djarin is a great many things, but what he generally isn't is helpless. In "The Mines of Mandalore," however, poor Din is so thoroughly out of his depth — and consumed by his mission to regain his status among his people — that he goes through a lengthy humiliation conga line of difficult battles, defeats, and near-death experiences. 

That's all right, though — because at the end of the day, this isn't a Din Djarin episode. It's a Bo-Katan Kryze one. The second Grogu reaches Kalevala and Bo-Katan realizes that Din is in trouble, the viewers are in for the Bo-Katan Show. Her one-woman mission to save Din at Grogu's behest is a crash course on how to out-Mandalorian the Mandalorian, as Bo-Katan easily wields the Darksaber, tears through enemies Din had very little chance against, and saves our protagonist from certain death not just once, but twice. 

All of this is a handy reminder of how good Bo-Katan is when she needs to be — and also shows that she can easily function as the main protagonist, should the situation call for it. Could Disney be testing the waters for a potential Bo-Katan Kryze-centric show?