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Sasha Banks' Koska Reeves In The Mandalorian Explained

Contains spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2, episode 3 — "Chapter 11: The Heiress"

Fans have known for a while that WWE superstar Sasha Banks, who's real name is Mercedes Varnado, would be joining the Star Wars universe on The Mandalorian. She was first glimpsed as a mysterious hooded figure in The Mandalorian season 2 trailer, looking suitably ominous and lurking in the shadows. In chapter 11, the third episode of The Mandalorian's second season, viewers finally find out more about the character — in a way that surprises Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and fans alike. 

When a group of three Mandalorians saves Din and Baby Yoda — sorry, the Child – from a group of Quarren on Trask, our protagonist is thoroughly stunned when the trio then remove their helmets — a strong taboo in the Mandalorian culture as Din has come to know it. The three helmet-happy Mandalorians are Bo-Katan Ryze (Katee Sackhoff), whom you might know from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and her companions, Axe Woves (Simon Kassianides) and Koska Reeves (Banks). But what's the deal with these modern Mandalorians? And, more specifically, what's the deal with Reeves?

Here's Sasha Banks' Koska Reeves in The Mandalorian explained.

Koska Reeves is a Nite Owl Mandalorian on a mission

Koska Reeves is a human Mandalorian member of Bo-Katan Kryze's Nite Owls, an elite unit that's on a mission to take back their home planet — and who seem to know a lot more about Mandalore and its hidden machinations than Din Djarin does. Their approach to the Mandalorian culture is vastly more relaxed than that of Din, who only knows and observes the Way of the Mandalore and finds it hard to wrap his head around all this newfangled "helmet-removing" stuff. Incidentally, the Nite Owls inform Din that he's actually a member of the Children of the Watch, a Mandalorian zealot cult that broke off from society in order to live according to an ancient code known as ... yeah, you guessed it. 

The episode makes it clear that we haven't heard the last of Bo-Katan's faction and its plans, and with that, it seems extremely likely that we'll see more of Koska Reeves as well. After all, she proves to be a capable fighter and is quite clearly high enough in the chain of command to join Bo-Katan on important missions. She's also the group's pilot, and after Din leaves the Nite Owls following their attack on the Imperial Gozanti-class cruiser, she prepares to take the group to hyperspace. 

All in all, Koska Reeves is a welcome and valuable addition to The Mandalorian's ever-expanding cast of characters — and we can't wait to see more of her and her cool armor.