MAJOR SPOILERS for The Mandalorian are to follow. This is your final warning.
The Mandalorian’s first season is officially in the books, and the final episode – The Reckoning – answered a ton of questions, but raised many more. That final scene with Moff Gideon (and that trinket of his) is easily one of the most shocking reveals of the season, though Star Wars fans who missed out on The Clone Wars and/or Rebels might’ve been left scratching their heads at what exactly Giancarlo Esposito’s diabolical Imperial was wielding.
An Elegant Weapon, For A Less Civilized Age
To put it bluntly, the weapon Moff Gideon used to escape his downed TIE Fighter is an artifact called the Darksaber. While at first glance it might just look like a black-bladed lightsaber, the Darksaber is much more meaningful and storied than your average Jedi laser sword. To put it into perspective, here’s a quote from Star Wars: Rebels:
“Legend tells that it was created over a thousand years ago by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian ever inducted into the Jedi Order. After his passing, the Jedi kept the saber in their temple. That was until members of House Vizsla snuck in and liberated it. They used the saber to unify the people and strike down those who would oppose them. At one time, they ruled all of Mandalore wielding this blade. This saber is an important symbol to that house and respected by the other clans.“Fenn Rau, “Trials of the Darksaber”, Star Wars: Rebels (S3 E15)
So yeah, the Darksaber has a ton of meaning. This weapon is not only a badge of office, of sorts, on Mandalore – but signifies the leader of the Mandalorian people. The aforementioned leader would take the title of “Mand’alor”, and most wielders of the Darksaber did so to unite the historically conflicted planet under a single banner. If Moff Gideon has this weapon in his posession, something tells me he acquired it quite unceremoniously.
Episode 8 of The Mandalorian reveals that Moff Gideon was in charge of the Empire’s siege of Mandalore, so it definitely makes sense that he’d seek out the leader of his people and try to rip any symbol of hope from their hands. That leader, at last check, was Bo-Katan, a warrior from House Kryze that was given the Darksaber by Sabine Wren, a main character from Rebels. So, if Gideon’s got the Darksaber in his posession… Chances are he took it from her corpse. He doesn’t strike me as the type of guy to engage in a ceremonial duel, which is how Maul (yes, that Maul) took the Darksaber (and control of Mandalore) a few decades prior.
So, there you have it. The Darksaber is an incredibly special artifact to all Mandalorians, and chances are if Din Djarrin knew Gideon was in possession of it, he’d be eager to try and get it back. But hey… That’s what next season is for.