Giancarlo Esposito, who plays Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian, has promised fans will find out more about his darksaber in the show’s second season.
“You’ll see more of the darksaber, you’ll get the explanation of this ancient weapon to the modern world, a collapsed world,” Esposito told Deadline. “Where did this saber come from and how was it revived? It’s a key in our second season, which will be back sooner than later.”
“(The saber) is a key to Moff Gideon’s past, which possibly has a lot to do with where he comes from and his desire to build a planet and bring it back together,” added Esposito.
The darksaber was originally made by a Mandalorian and Jedi known as Tarre Vizsla. Following Tarre’s death, the saber was stolen by Mandalorians during a tumultuous time with the Republic.
Eventually, it fell into the hands of Darth Maul who won it after a duel with another Mandalorian who had possession of it, Pre Vizsla.
Years later, the saber was obtained by Sabine Wren, another Mandalorian, and Kanan Jarrus. Sabine handed it over to a fellow Mandalorian, Bo-Katan Kryze, so the question is: how does Moff Gideon come to have it?
Esposito added that his inspiration for playing Moff Gideon goes back to the original films and Peter Cushing, who played Grand Moff Tarkin in A New Hope. “You could always read his mind through his eyes. I took a look at the imagery of this supreme chancellor, which really helped me. He is a supreme being in a sense. He knows it, but not everyone in the universe knows it.”
Esposito added, “What we don’t know is how extra special he is yet.”
Season two of The Mandalorian is expected to debut on Disney Plus later this year.