In a season packed with standout characters, one of The Mandalorian’s most popular and talked-about personalities remains Emily Swallow’s Armorer. The identity of the mysterious Mandalorian blacksmith continues to be one of the show’s biggest unanswered questions, and as details about the upcoming second season continue to be revealed, it’s looking more and more like a long-standing fan theory about who’s underneath the helmet may come to pass.
The additions of Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano and Temuera Morrison seem to indicate that the tragic history of Mandalore could play a pivotal part in The Mandalorian’s sophomore season. At the end of The Clone Wars, Ahsoka led the Siege of Mandalore alongside Bo-Katan Kryze, leader of the Mandalorian Nite Owl faction and former member of the splinter cell Death Watch. She has been speculated to be the Tribe’s elusive Armorer ever since the character’s introduction in the first episode of The Mandalorian. The theory makes sense because in addition to forging new weapons and armor for her refugeed people on Nevarro, the Armorer seems to be the leader of the few remaining Mandalorians, a role Bo-Katan has inhabited multiple times in the past.
The last chronicled history of Bo-Katan can be found in the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels. Following in the footsteps of her late sister, Satine, Bo-Katan effectively united Mandalore’s scattered tribes after Sabine Wren relinquished the legendary Darksaber over to her. The events that follow are yet to be shown in any modern media, but the cataclysmic Great Purge led by Moff Gideon of the Galactic Empire is surmised to have taken place soon after. As whispered throughout subtle expository dialogue in The Mandalorian, this led to the near-genocide of Mandalore’s inhabitants, as well as the eventual loss of the Darksaber to Gideon.
It’s possible that Bo-Katan could have survived Gideon’s destructive attack, prompting her to gather up any other living Mandalorians and flee to Nevarro with them to found the Tribe. Her new identity as the Armorer would protect her from the Empire, as well as any other bounty hunters looking to pick up her trail.
If the Armorer is indeed a character existing within the modern Star Wars canon, there are a few others that could fit the role other than Bo-Katan. The Armorer is clearly an original Mandalorian as evidenced by her mastery over the rare Beskar metal and extensive knowledge of her people’s culture. That makes it possible that Rebels fan-favorite Sabine Wren could’ve taken up the mantle, although the blacksmith seems to carry herself with an older, wiser presence than she might have at this point in the saga’s timeline. On top of that, Sabine may also be busy during the events of The Mandalorian’s first season, fulfilling her promise to her lost friend Ezra by searching for him throughout the Outer Rim.
It’s all speculation for now, but there are enough juicy little nuggets around to make these connections feel like a possibility. For example, Katee Sackhoff is reportedly reprising her role as Bo-Katan for Mandalorian Season 2. This may mean the actor who originally played the Armorer has been recast. And with Dave Filoni serving as a creative bridge back to The Clone Wars and Rebels, there’s always a chance he’ll want to circle back to smaller supporting characters like Bo-Katan or Sabine in the future.
Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito. Season 1 is available now on Disney+, with Season 2 premiering in October.
The additions of Ahsoka Tano and Boba Fett to the second season of The Mandalorian may hint at the identity of the mysterious Armorer.