The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3 “The Heiress” finally reveals Sasha Banks character — and a fan favorite from Star Wars: The Clone Wars!
As soon as I saw the thumbnail for The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 3, I was hyped! Why? Well it is clearly the still of Sasha Banks — you know, the one that caused a lot of chatter after she was spotted in the trailer. Who would she be? Many thought Sabine Wren. But when I saw the thumbnail I knew, or at least hoped, we were about to find out for sure.
Now sadly this episode is much shorter than the others so far this season, clocking in at just 36 minutes long (compared to 55 and 42), but it is still packed with greatness! Here’s my recap and review for The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3. Enjoy!
Warning: SPOILERS for The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 3
I honestly never expected to see more of the Frog Lady from the previous episode, so I was THRILLED when the first scene showed her! She was the standout of the previous episode for me (let’s not talk about the spider things). I really thought the Mando and her would finish their business off screen but instead, the episode starts with them together in the Razor Crest, which is still a mess by the way.
Remember in the trailer when we saw it chugging along but very beat up? Yeah, that is now. And without the guidance array, they are going to need to manually reenter the planet’s atmosphere. Mando warns it is going to get choppy – and they might burn to a crisp. Yikes. As the ship is having issues trying to land, we see a Mon Calamari looking up at it. Does that mean they are heading to Admiral Ackbar’s planet of Mon Cala?
After leaving the Razor Crest with what seems like a very talented Mon Calamari, the Frog Lady is reunited with her husband! Seriously this scene was super cute and I would watch it over and over again! Mando tells the Frog Man that he was told he knew of more Mandalorian, more people of his kind.
That’s when it happened. The Frog Man pointed over to a dark area that looks really familiar, because I have seen it a million times as I studied that trailer. So does this mean that Sasha is playing a Mandalorian? So then she HAS to be the speculated Sabine Wren, right? Right? Seems like we are only minutes from finding out…
…until Mando says oh, the inn? My dreams were crushed! However, we do see Sasha’s character lurking in the dark, just as we did from the trailer. Still cloaked and hiding who she is, but she is there, and that is a step in the right direction.
At the Inn he does meet a man who says he will sail him to others of his kind. He seems shady though and is totally chuckling about it. I don’t know if I trust him. Which was the right call because he totally tries to kill Mando like five minutes later. Good thing he is rescued by some Mandalorian!
Who Is Sasha Banks?
So it turns out Sasha Banks is a Mandalorian! She arrives to help Mando with the aid of two other Mandalorians — including Bo-Katan. You might know her from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. She first appeared in season four and is a pretty fantastic character. She is played by Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff, who also voiced the part of Bo-Katan in the animated series.
The other two Mandalorians seem to be brand new to Star Wars lore – so much for those hoping for Sabine Wren. Sasha Banks plays Koska Reeves and Simon Kassianides plays Axe Woves. When the three uncover their faces Mando quickly calls them out on this. They explain that he is a Child of the Watch, someone who learned under the society that broke away and wants to reestablish the ancient way. He doesn’t like this answers and walks away from them.
Mando finds himself in a little bit of trouble on the dock and the three Mandalorians show up to help him out. Again. They offer to buy him a drink so they can chat and tell him about something they want his help with. Turns out Trask is black market port and they are selling Mandore weapons. These three are seizing them and using them to retake their home world.
What immediately came to mind for me? The Darksaber. We saw it in the finale of Season 1 and it is very possible Bo-Katan could be looking for it. Bo-Katan makes a deal with Mando — I will lead you to a Jedi, if you help us with our mission. Of course Mando can’t say no to that!
Cue a pretty epic battle on an Imperial Freighter! And guess what? It turns out Bo-Katan IS looking for the Darksaber. HYPE! An Imperial Officer, played by Titus Welliver, is the head of the freighter. And then finally we get Moff Gideon in this season, via hologram anyways. He attempts to crash the ship after speaking with Moff Gideon. He called him asking for backup but Moff is willing to just sacrifice that whole crew. Are you surprised?
I really would have liked to get more of Moff but when he says “Long live the Empire” — well, it just might be my favorite line of the season yet. It was perfectly delivered, as to be expected, and actually gave me chills.
Of course the Mandalorians make their way to the cockpit before the ship crashes and Bo-Katan threatens the Imperial Officer. She tells him to take her to Moff Gideon so she can get the Darksaber and she will let him leave. He kills himself right after stating that she might let him live, but HE won’t.
Bo-Katan then sends Mando off to do something that had me FLIPPING OUT. Go find Jedi Ahsoka Tano. AHSOKA TANO! You guys, she was only rumored and not confirmed and now she is confirmed to be in this season! The hype is REAL!
Will we see her in the next episode? Hopefully but who knows. It could be another filler although that would really bum me out. There are still five episodes left this season though so I would not be surprised if they make us wait longer.
The Heiress propelled the story forward after a bit of a lull in the previous episode. We finally got to see who Sasha Banks is playing, and a fan favorite from Star Wars: The Clone Wars! Did I get everything I had hoped in this episode? No, of course not.
However, I was happy with the mix of action and reveals. Not the best episode of the season, but the second best for sure. I was a little bummed when it ended because it did feel like a really short episode. I think we have a lot more great things coming this season though and I am hyped! I mean, I cannot WAIT to see Ahsoka in live action!
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About The Mandalorian Season 2
The Mandalorian and the Child continue their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire.
“The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world. The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and hopefully we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show.” – Jon Favreau