Even The Mandalorian’s Kattee Sackoff says Bo-Katan doesn’t earn your ‘trust’ in season 2

Katee Sackhoff, who played Bo-Katan Kryze on The Clone Wars and in season 2 of The Mandalorian, states fans must watch out for her character’s inspirations. In an extensive interview with Polygon, she discussed her function in the Star Wars universe and her profession as a whole — consisting of a tease for season 2 of her Netflix sci-fi series Another Life.

Sackhoff initially depicted Bo-Katan in 2011, in Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 4. The character is a native-born Mandalorian, and the rightful ruler of the world Mandalore. Season 2 of The Mandalorian discovers her on the path of the famous Darksaber — a mission that puts her straight into dispute with the series’ hero, Din Djarin, played by Pedro Pascal.

“For anyone who hasn’t seen Clone Wars, Bo-Katan didn’t necessarily start out on the right side of things,” Sackhoff informs Polygon, throughout a weekend look with Topps Digital at Wintercon in New York City. “She thought that she was, but she is not completely good in this story, and she has had some some nefarious intentions, potentially, at one point. What I loved about the way that she was portrayed in [The Mandalorian] was that you don’t really know what she’s thinking, or where she lands, or if you’re supposed to like her or trust her.”

“At the end of season 2, we are in a position where we’ve set ourselves up with our hero to potentially be in conflict,” Sackhoff continues. “You don’t quite know if you’re supposed to root for her or not yet, and I love that. I love that gray area, because she’s not so black and white.”

Sackhoff increased to prominence playing another character with great deals of gray location, Kara “Starbuck” Thrace, in the 2004 reboot of Battlestar Galactica. That series, and her function in specific, hewed extremely near to existing occasions at the time. Battlestar notoriously engaged with the principles of abuse and the idea of civilian guideline of the military, both hot subjects after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and throughout the early years of the United States’ military projects in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Longmire and Vic make a house call.

Sackhoff with co-star Robert Taylor in a production still from Longmire.
Image: Lewis Jacobs/Netflix

“I do appreciate, in the genre, that it is allowed to talk about things that you may not necessarily be able to talk about in something that is based in reality,” she states, “because it makes it more palatable. Sometimes, when something is so heavy-handed, it is hard for audiences to want to listen, and to be able to comment on current events and things that are happening. But if you place it in a genre like science fiction, you take away that ego that says, ‘You’re talking about me,’ and allow an audience to be affected by the current event, by the statements or comments on current events, without their own opinion getting in the way.”

After Battlestar, Sackhoff starred in numerous various tv pilots. Ultimately, she discovered success in Longmire, a Western drama on A&E. The program was canceled in 2014, supposedly due to the fact that its fanbase was too old, prior to Netflix selected it up. The program ran for 3 more seasons, ending in 2017 with an overall of 6.

Sackhoff states she especially values Longmire’s commitment to extensive storytelling. “There is a very specific pacing Westerns have that allows an audience the respect and the time to feel the journey and go along with them,” she states. “And Mandalorian does that too. It stretches things out, because they want to make sure that you’re with them. That’s what Longmire did, and I loved it.”

In Between Longmire and The Mandalorian, Sackhoff was a manufacturer of Another Life, a series with a distinctly more youthful group. She likewise played a starring function as experienced astronaut Niko Breckinridge, charged with rounding up a team of young, enthusiastic voyagers on an objective to conserve the Earth. Sackhoff states the program was created to be “popcorn.”

“It doesn’t take itself seriously,” Sackhoff states. “No one’s gonna send a group of 22-year-olds into space to save the world. These kids are out of control. I should have airlocked them all in the first five seconds. To me, it was the perfect mix of sensationalized fiction for a younger audience.”

A production still from Another Life showing Katie Sackhoff holding a wrench in the engineering area of a space ship.

Image: James Dittiger/Netflix

Crucial reception for the series was typically bad, however Sackhoff and her group have actually been offered a 2nd season, which will premiere later on in 2021.

“We had some problems,” Sackhoff confesses. “Going into season 2, we were aware of what the problems were. Netflix gave us the opportunity to fix them, which I love, and season 2 is insane. It’s so exciting. It takes everything that people love from season 1, removes some of the stuff that didn’t work, and then we move forward even stronger […]. So I am really excited and hopeful that we’ll get a third season as well.”

Sackhoff has actually not been verified for season 3 of The Mandalorian, however it’s difficult to see the series continuing without her. Her look, along with other substantial modifications in the story, appears to indicate the next stage of its story, one that might concentrate on the renowned Star Wars bad guy Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.