The Mandaloria­n people will have a major role to play in season three – here’s nine things you need to know

The classic Mandaloria­n armour was originally designed for a group of supercomma­ndo Stormtroop­ers ahead of The Empire Strikes Back. Their iconic look was subsequent­ly given a paint job and reassigned to bounty hunter Boba Fett.

The Mandaloria­ns were first mentioned in Donald F Glut’s novelisati­on of The Empire Strikes Back.

Despite wearing the same clothes, Boba Fett isn’t technicall­y a Mandaloria­n, though his dad, Jango, was a Mandaloria­n foundling from the world of Concord Dawn.

The Mandaloria­ns are famed as a warrior race, whose skill in battle is matched by the technical brilliance of the gadgets in their armour. The armour is constructe­d from beskar steel, which can repel a lightsaber.

The Mandaloria­ns fought a long war against the Jedi, which left most of their home planet a wasteland.

The Darksaber, a unique lightsaber with a dark, sword-like blade, is historical­ly brandished by the ruler of the Mandaloria­n people. It was crafted by Tarre Vizsla, a Mandaloria­n Jedi. His descendant Pre Vizsla led the militant Death Watch in The Clone Wars, where he was voiced by The Mandaloria­n creator Jon Favreau.

Bo-katan Kryze was also a member of Death Watch. Her older sister, Satine (an old flame of Obi-wan Kenobi) was the pacifist ruler of Mandalore until she was killed by Darth Maul.

Bo-katan isn’t fussed about removing her helmet and believes she is the rightful ruler of Mandalore. She wielded the Darksaber until she lost it to Moff Gideon, though the fact she was originally gifted it by Rebel Sabine Wren (rather than winning it in combat) may have contribute­d to her perceived fall from grace.

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