Moff Gideon's Last Scene in the Season Finale Contains a Vital Piece of 'The Mandalorian's' History (Spoilers)
I'm going to come out and say this right now: I have no desire whatsoever to see the ninth, and presumably final, installment of the Star Wars saga. I already read the spoilers on Wikipedia: I'm good. With fan films like Star Wars: Origins and the Jon Favreau-helmed The Mandalorian, my love of the original trilogy is satisfied far better than any of the utterly disastrous prequels or sequels that bookend them. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's discuss the final scene in Chapter 8: Redemption of The Mandalorian and how it digs deep into the Star Wars universe with a quick Mandalorian history lesson.
There was no way in Hell that the TIE Fighter going down was ever going to mean the death of the temperamental Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). What I did not see coming was his exit from the doomed ship cutting his way out with an incredibly important Mandalorian relic: the black-bladed Darksaber. If you're not familiar with the Darksaber, that's because it's from the Star Wars: Rebels series, which takes place after Revenge of the Sith and before A New Hope. According to Wookiepedia, the Darksaber is introduced in Trials of the Darksaber where it is revealed as a weapon created by Tarre Vizsla: the first Mandalorian Jedi Knight. After Vizsla's death, it was kept in the Jedi Temple where it was later liberated by members of House Viszla. Without getting into too much Mandalorian history, the Darksaber was acquired by Darth Maul (after slaying Pre Viszla in a duel) and now, years later, Moff Gideon has it.
"Legend tells that it was created over a thousand years ago by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian ever inducted into the Jedi Order. After his passing, the Jedi kept the saber in their temple. That was until members of House Vizsla snuck in and liberated it. They used the saber to unify the people and strike down those who would oppose them. At one time, they ruled all of Mandalore wielding this blade. This saber is an important symbol to that house and respected by the other clans."
This is significant for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the Darksaber is an incredibly important symbol of Mandalorian culture and, given that the former Empire officer who wields it just had scores of Mandalorians killed and is likely implicit in the murder of Din Djarin's parents, it is a matter of high honor that it be retrieved by a Mandalorian. With the Mandalorian's Nevarro covert left strewn with the helmets of dead Mandalorians (and currently only occupied by the Armorer whose imperial skull-splitting defense of her forge is likely the most violent thing ever witnessed in a Star Wars fight sequence) and Din Djarin wearing the sigil of his "Clan of Two," (appropriately, a Mudhorn skull) it's pretty clear whose shoulders that grave responsibility will fall on.
The second reason is that the only way that the Darksaber can be "properly" acquired is if it is taken after killing its owner in a duel. This could be problematic. While Din Djarin is a cold-blooded trigger puller, his CQB skills are of the knuckle-dragger variety: he's not a lightsaber guy and he's pretty far from a Sith Lord or Jedi Knight. Baby Yoda, so far, seems limited to using his "magic hands," so we can forget about him training his new dad, but perhaps he'll find someone to train him once he locates Yorble (which is what I'm going to call Planet of the Yodas until informed otherwise).
Come what may, we're hooked. Rise of the Skywalker may have continued the Star Wars universe, but in ours, only The Mandalorian continues its spirit.