How did Bo-Katan’s father die? This article discusses a theory on whether her sister, Satine Kryze, killed her father during battle and resulting in the sisters falling apart. Spoilers for The Mandalorian Season 3 Episode 2.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Episode 2 finally took us to Mandalore and showed us its destroyed surface. The planet itself is covered in a vast storm, blocking signals on the surface from getting to the rest of the galaxy. On the surface, it’s full of hostile creatures, from winged beasts, troll-like animals called Alamites, and a scavenger with a crab-like robot. On Din’s visit to Mandalore, he encounters Alamites, and if Bo-Katan didn’t rescue him from a scavenger, he would have ended up as its lunch.
Working together, Bo-Katan and Din go to the Mines of Mandalore. Along the way, Bo-Katan talks about the history of the place, revealing that she spent a lot of time there as a child and that her father died defending the planet. But the show doesn’t give us the full story, promoting the idea that perhaps her father died due to one of the Mandalorian civil wars.
How did Bo-Katan’s father die?
In The Mandalorian Season 3 Episode 2, Bo-Katan reveals that her father died defending Mandalore, but she doesn’t give any more information. But given what’s already known about Mandalore and its history, it’s likely that he died defending the planet from the pacifist New Mandalorian movement, led by Bo-Katan’s sister, Satine Kryze.
This war would have started around 41 years Before the Battle of Yavin and ended about 39 years Before the Battle of Yavin. For context, this is about 8-10 years before The Phantom Menace, the first Star Wars movie in the timeline.
Why would Satine kill Bo-Katan’s father?
The pacifist movement that Satine led advocated for a move away from Mandalore’s traditional violent views, which angered the traditionalists who wanted to maintain the warrior way. This led eventually led to a civil war between the two factions and caused a tremendous loss of life. Satine and the New Mandalorians would eventually win this war, and she would become Duchess of the planet.
During this war, Bo-Katan would join the terrorist movement Deathwatch, the traditionalists. It’s unknown whether Bo-Katan’s father was a member of Deathwatch or the traditionalist movement. Still, his love for Mandalorian tales, getting his daughter to take the Mandalorian Creed, and undergoing rituals would suggest that he had traditionalist leanings. When Satine broke off and formed the pacifist movement, it would have placed her on the opposite side of the civil war from her father, causing them to fight.
Did Satine kill Bo-Katan’s father?
While Satine might not have personally been responsible for her father’s death, his death at the hands of the New Mandalorians during the civil war is likely. Not only would it explain how her father died defending the planet, but it would also help explain Bo-Katan’s decision to join Deathwatch. She would blame Satine for getting her father killed and disagree with Satine’s pacifist outlook.
Bo-Katan might have joined Deathwatch to reinstate Mandalore’s violent past and get revenge on Satine. It was only when Maul took over Deathwatch that she changed her mind.
This is just a theory, however. While Satine has been alluded to in The Mandalorian, her name or legacy has yet to be directly touched.