“The Mines of Mandalore” begins with a helpful recap of The Armorer’s conversation with Din on “The Book of Boba Fett,” in which she calmly s**t-talked Bo-Katan and her attempts to reinstate herself as the ruler of Mandalore. Suffice it to say, there’s no love lost between those two. The members of The Tribe and the Children of the Watch at large blame Bo-Katan for accepting the Darksaber from Sabine Wren (as seen on “Star Wars Rebels”) for the downfall of their planet and the Night of a Thousand Tears. Had she won it in battle per tradition, surely Mandalore wouldn’t have been firebombed to ruin by the Empire under Bo-Katan’s rule.

Except, obviously, that’s nonsense. Would Mandalore have been able to resist the Empire’s attack, had it not been divided over Bo-Katan’s legitimacy as a ruler? It seems unlikely, given the sheer amount of firepower at the Imperials’ disposal. Even so, the fact the people of Mandalore were unwilling to unite against their common enemy surely didn’t help. That their disagreement had nothing to do with Bo-Katan’s actual qualifications as a ruler (as anyone who’s watched the “Clone Wars” animated series could tell you, she’s absolutely leader material) only highlights how much the Mandalorian people have harmed themselves with their fixation on the old way of doing things.

Bo-Katan spends much of “The Mines of Mandalore” lamenting the historical tragedies of her home world aloud to Grogu (an excellent listener, if ever there was one). The thing is, she herself is as trapped by ancient traditions as the Children of the Watch. After Din secured the Darksaber from Moff Gideon in season 2, Bo-Katan’s followers seemingly abandoned her without a second thought. It’s almost like mythologizing the past is a bad idea in general.

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