Why Does Bo Katan Want to Rule Mandalore?

I’ve been doing some contemplating on Bo Katan Kryze this week (I rewatched ‘The Rescue’) and I’ve been wondering quite a bit about her reasoning behind her, almost desperation to retake Mandalore.

In ‘The Rescue’, we learn a few things in regards to Mandalore, firstly, Boba Fett claims that “The Empire turned the planet to glass.”, so why the need to retake the planet if it’s so badly devastated?

We are also given a brief insight into the Darksaber, as a “symbol” of power, the power to unite the clans of Mandalore and rule as the Mand’alor. Bo Katan had this title once before when she was gifted the Darksaber by Sabine Wren and many of the Clans declared their alignment to Bo Katan against the Empire.

Since then, however, a lot has changed. The ‘Night of a Thousand Tears’ and ‘The Great Purge’ have been mentioned in the first season of ‘The Mandalorian’, both of which sound like massive events that are probably where the Empire reigned destruction on the planet after their rule was challenged by Kryze and her followers. The other thing that occurred, Bo Katan fought Moff Gideon. And lost. Knowing Gideon, he knew she wasn’t defeated and he probably didn’t kill her on purpose as he won the Darksaber in combat.

For me, when Kryze was given the lightsaber, that was her time to lead. The sister of Duchess Satine who stood against Death Watch and Maul. A true warrior who would lead from the front lines with the Darksaber held high. However, during ‘The Mandalorian’, the Galaxy is at peace. The Empire for the most part is gone, with warlords like Moff Gideon still around, and no matter what little they have in terms of resources, their numbers are dwindling. But Bo Katan’s hatred for Gideon is only outweighed by her desire for the Darksaber. In my opinion, Kryze isn’t the kind of leader that Mandalore needs right now. I’m reminded of a quote from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, where James Gordon and his time as Commissioner is described as “A war hero, but this is peace time.”

Of course, we don’t know the state of Mandalore other than Boba Fett’s description. Is it still occupied until the Empire? I doubt it if the world has been so devastated as it’s described. Instead the Mandalorian people need someone to unite them. Would they be united by Bo Katan? Would some of them blame her for what happened to their homeworld? Do they see her defeat at the hands of Gideon to be part of the reason behind the destruction of their planet? Is that why she wants the Darksaber so badly, to right the wrongs of the past?

There’s another quote, this time from ‘Revenge of the Sith’ that comes to mind, “All who gain power are afraid to lose it.” Could Bo Katan be clamouring for the power she once held?

I do wonder if the third season of ‘The Mandalorian’ will give us a look at the reclamation of Mandalore and what Bo Katan’s role will be. There is a part of me that doesn’t think she will give up what she sees as her claim to the Throne so easily, but would she make a good ruler now? Would the people follow her? Only time, and hopefully a full season of episodes will tell.

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