It's already been a wild start to The Mandalorian season 3, and Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) is a big part of that.

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The season begins with Bo-Katan having lost everything after losing the Darksaber to Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal). Alone on her throne, she's not exactly the cheeriest figure.

But things have started to look up for her by episode 3, after she witnessed a shocking phenomenon – a real-life Mythosaur – when saving Djarin from the depths of the Living Mines. She decides to keep quiet about the Mythosaur, though, and is currently presumed to be the only person who knows about it.

To make things all the more bizarre, after her dip in the Living Mines, Bo-Katan has accidentally been redeemed for taking off her helmet, even though she doesn't follow the Creed.

Either way, she's seemingly joined forces with the Armorer and the rest of the Mandalorians for now, so fingers crossed things start to get better for her.

Read on for everything you need to know about Bo-Katan Kryze and actress Katee Sackhoff.

Who is Bo-Katan Kryze?

Bo-Katan as she appeared in Star Wars Rebels
Bo-Katan as she appeared in Star Wars: Rebels Disney

Bo-Katan Kryze is a claimant of the title of the ruler of Mandalore in the Star Wars universe.

Bo-Katan was first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and returned in Star Wars Rebels. She's always been voiced by Katee Sackhoff, but the character made her first live-action appearance in The Mandalorian.

A member of the Mandalorian race, Bo-Katan long believed in restoring their world to its old war-like ways, against the more pacifist politics of her sister, Duchess Satine Kryze.

In The Clone Wars, Bo-Katan joined a terrorist faction: Death Watch. Later, in Rebels, she's gifted the Darksaber by Sabine Wren and is declared the ruler of Mandalore after helping to overthrow Maul on her homeworld.

As we've seen in The Mandalorian, doesn't quite follow the more dogmatic Creed of The Watch in the same way as Din Djarin. She's also formed various alliances, including with Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), which comes in handy in The Mandalorian.

Bo-Katan's first appearance in The Mandalorian is in the season 2 episode titled "The Heiress" when she and her fellow Mandalorians step in to rescue Djarin from the Quarren (and from certain death).

He's shocked to see them remove their helmets and doesn't trust their faction — but he does eventually agree to help them seize weapons from an Imperial freighter in return for information on the Jedi (so that he could return Grogu to his people).

Bo-Katan wishes to retake Mandalore following the Purge of Mandalore by the Galactic Empire and seeks to recover the Darksaber after losing it to Moff Gideon.

Bo-Katan gives Djarin directions to find Ahsoka. Later, after Grogu is kidnapped by Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and Djarin asks Bo-Katan for help and she joins him in the season 2 finale "The Rescue" - on the condition that she can take Gideon's cruiser and the Darksaber from him.

However, after the battle with Gideon, Djarin rightfully wins the Darksaber and Bo-Katan refuses to accept it as a gift as it must be won in combat.

Her loss of the Darksaber leads us to the scenes in season 3 episode 1 "The Apostate", which show Bo-Katan after losing everything, with her followers abandoning her to become mercenaries.

Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze in The Mandalorian
Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze in The Mandalorian Lucasfilm/Disney+

Bo-Katan now lives a solitary existence in her ancestral castle on Clan Kryze's homeworld of Kalevala.

Sackhoff told ScreenRant of what's to come for the character: "We do get to touch a little bit on her emotional journey this season, which is really fun for me.

"I love complicated characters, and I think that her backstory is so incredibly rich with complication — a lot by her own design. I think that there is a lot of deep, heavy thought and atonement going on in her mind, potentially."

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Who is actress Katee Sackhoff?

Katee Sackhoff attends the Mandalorian special launch event at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 28, 2023.
Katee Sackhoff attends the Mandalorian special launch event at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 28, 2023. Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Katee Sackhoff is an American actress.

The star is no stranger to sci-fi, having appeared as Lieutenant Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace on Battlestar Galactica from 2004 to 2009, a role that earned her four Saturn Award nominations and one win.

More recently, she's played Niko Breckenridge on the Netflix series Another Life and Victoria 'Vic' Moretti in Longmire.

Sackhoff has also appeared in series like 24, CSI, and The Flash, with Bo-Katan being one of her best-known roles.

She's been playing the role for so long that she's now asked for input on Bo-Katan, recently telling Empire: “One of the things that Jon [Favreau] and I focus on is where she is in the moment, what peppers her experience. Jon and Rick [Famuyiwa], every single day, defer to me, which is a crazy experience, to have these masters asking me what I feel.”

Which episodes of The Mandalorian has Bo-Katan Kryze appeared in so far?

Bo-Katan Kryze in The Mandalorian (Katee Sackhoff)
Bo-Katan Kryze in The Mandalorian (Katee Sackhoff) Lucasfilm/Disney+

So far, Bo-Katan Kryze has appeared in four episodes of The Mandalorian.

  • Chapter 11: The Heiress
  • Chapter 16: The Rescue
  • Chapter 17: The Apostate
  • Chapter 18: The Mines of Mandalore

Despite co-starring in the show's second season, Katee Sackhoff has been elevated to a starring role in the third season, becoming the only actor aside from Pedro Pascal to receive such credit..

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