Fan art for The Mandalorian season 2 imagines how Katee Sackhoff will look as the live-action Bo-Katan. The character (whose full name is Bo-Katan Kryze) is a female Mandalorian warrior and was voiced by Sackhoff in the animated Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels TV series. Last time viewers saw her chronologically, Rebels‘ Sabine had barely given Bo-Katan the Darksaber, a legendary weapon supposedly created one thousand years earlier by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian to become a Jedi. For that reason, many a fan raised an eyebrow when the antagonist Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) was shown wielding the Darksaber in The Mandalorian‘s season 1 finale.
Seeing as Rebels and The Mandalorian take place – respectively – five years before and after the original Star Wars trilogy, there’s a fair amount of time unaccounted for between Bo-Katan first gaining the Darksaber and then losing it to Moff Gideon. But as it turns out, The Mandalorian season 2 may help to connect the dots a bit. Just yesterday, it was reported Sackhoff is playing the live-action Bo-Katan in season 2, making her the second Clone Wars character to join the show next season after Ahsoka Tano (whom Rosario Dawson is all-but-officially playing). And already, fans are imaging what she’ll look like in the role.
For their latest social media post, fan artist Apexform has envisioned Sackhoff as the live-action Bo-Katan in The Mandalorian season 2. Take a look:
Between the additions of Bo-Katan, Ahsoka, and Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett (and/or, potentially, Captain Rex from Clone Wars), The Mandalorian season 2 looks to dive much deeper into other areas of Star Wars canon than season 1 did. Understandably, some fans are concerned the show will become less accessible to those unfamiliar with the animated Star Wars TV shows as a result – not to mention, for lack of a better term, overly fan-service-y. Then again, characters like Bo-Katan are tied pretty closely to the mythology featured in The Mandalorian season 1, so their inclusion in season 2 ought to feel pretty organic. That’s especially true for Sackhoff’s character, given her aforementioned history with the Darksaber and (of course) the fact she’s a Mandalorian herself.
Sackhoff, for her part, has a long history of acting in live-action sci-fi genre fare, with her fan-favorite role as Kara Thrace/Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica being the best-known example. More recently, she even joined The CW’s Arrowverse by playing the supervillain Amunet Black on multiple episodes of The Flash TV show. She’ll be one of many exciting newcomers to The Mandalorian in season 2, along with Michael Biehn as a new bounty hunter and Dawson and Morrison in their aforementioned roles (plus all the cast members returning from season 1). So, hopefully, the series will be all the stronger for it – and not feel overstuffed – when it comes back this fall.