Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episodes Featuring Bo-Katan
Bo-Katan is a key player in the recurring Mandalore storyline in the Clone Wars series. She’s a young woman who was born on the planet Mandalore and was a part of the influential House Kryze. She is the younger sister to Satine, Duchess of Mandalore, though whereas her sister is a kind and peace-seeking pacifist, Bo-Katan is a more hardened fighter. Bo-Katan starts out as the leader of the Nite Owls, an elite group of blue-armored Mandlorians.Bo-Katan’s story is one of action, drama, and loss, and she’s crossed paths with numerous Star Wars icons like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul, and Ahsoka Tano. She even has ties to the Darksaber, the coveted Mandalorian weapon that eventually winds up in the hands of Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon as seen in The Mandalorian Season 1 finale.
Season 2: Episodes 12, 13, 14
These three Clone Wars episodes kick off the Mandalore storyline that goes on to become a long and brutal conflict in the Star Wars universe. It is ironic that the plot revolves around Mandalore being used as neutral ground so the Republic and Separatists can meet to negotiate peace, only for it to become a heated battleground that scars the planet and its citizens forever.
This arc features the first appearance of Bo-Katan, although she doesn’t show up until the third episode nor does she remove her helmet. Even so, you’ll not only witness her introduction to Ahsoka (the Jedi she name-dropped at the end of Episode 3!) but learn more about the Mandalorians as a people, what happened to their planet, and see the start of Bo-Katan’s storyline that years later will intersect with Dinn Djarin and Baby Yoda.
Season 5: Episodes 14, 15, 16
The conflict on Mandalore erupts once more in another three-parter, which means more Bo-Katan. This time, she plays a more pivotal role as a member of Death Watch, a radical Mandalorian splinter group that aims to overthrow Bo-Katan’s sister Duchess Satine and claim the planet.
The story sees Katan and her fellow Mandalorians rescue a stranded Darth Maul and Savage Opress, only to supremely regret that decision as the Dark Side bros scheme to use Death Watch to gain power and take revenge on a common enemy, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. We learn the significance of the Darksaber and, before the end of this arc, watch it trade hands. And while Bo-Kantan is a member of the antagonistic Death Watch, we see glimpses of her good heart underneath all that armor. Lastly and most significantly, this is the arc where we learn why Bo-Katan developed that steely, cut-throat attitude we see on display in The Mandalorian.
Season 7: Episodes 9, 10
The recurring Mandalore arc comes to a hugely impactful conclusion in this epic two-parter, the Siege of Mandalore. Bo-Katan has a vital role where she allies with Ahsoka once more, this time to take on Darth Maul and try to save her home planet now engulfed in all-out war. These episodes show off what Bo-Katan and her squad can really do in some truly wild action scenes, and they usher in a significant status quo change for the character.
Star Wars Rebels Episodes Featuring Bo-Katan
After The Clone Wars series finale, Bo-Katan returns in Star Wars Rebels, which is set in between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The episodes featuring Bo-Katan are significant because they establish where we last saw her (and the Darksaber) before the events of The Mandalorian.
Season 3: Episodes 15, 16
Bo-Katan makes her return in a much different, much worse spot than we last saw her in The Clone Wars. It’s by teaming up with fellow Mandalorian Sabine Wren from the Rebels crew that she takes a step back in the right direction. This pair of episodes is an excellent lesson in All Things Mandalorian and offers some fascinating details that help explain things you may be wondering about from The Mandalorian. And yes, there’s plenty to do with the Darksaber.
Season 4: Episodes 1, 2
This is it. The last time we see Bo-Katan before her appearance in The Mandalorian Season 2.
This two-part storyline brings the ongoing Mandalore arc that started back in The Clone Wars to a grand finale as Sabine leads the charge to attack the Empire head-on in an effort to finally liberate her home planet. But it doesn’t come without great consequence — much of which has been talked about in The Mandalorian. Bo-Katan returns for the second episode, and we see where the Darksaber’s last known whereabouts before The Mandalorian.
The Mandalorian Season 2
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