'The Mandalorian' Season 1 Finale: The History of the Darksaber and Tarre Vizsla, Explained

Disney+'s The Mandalorian has wrapped its first season and there was a big reveal in the final episode, which dropped on the Disney streaming service Friday morning.

Warning: Spoilers for The Mandalorian ahead.

As Baby Yoda's adventures through the galaxy come to an end for now, viewers also learned in The Mandalorian Season 1 finale that Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) is in possession of a very powerful weapon—the Darksaber.

The Darksaber, a black lightsaber, has a long history in Star Wars lore and its inclusion in The Mandalorian could have big consequences for the future of the show.

Here's what you need to know about it:

The Mandalorian Darksaber explained

The Darksaber is an ancient lightsaber created by the Mandalorian Jedi Tarre Viszla, who used the weapon to unite the people of Mandalore as their Mand'alor, or leader.

According to Star Wars lore, after Tarre Vizsla's death the Darksaber was recovered by the Jedi Order and kept in the Jedi Temple until it was stolen by members of House Vizsla.

As seen in The Clone Wars animated TV series, the Darksaber eventually came to be owned by Pre Vizsla, an ancestor of Tarre Vizsla. Pre Vizsla led a splinter group of Mandalorians called the Death Watch who opposed the newly pacified ways of the Mandalorian tribe. He used the weapon to conquer Mandalore from the New Mandalorians.

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Moff Gideon in "The Mandalorian." Disney+

During the events of the Clone Wars, Pre Vizsla was killed by Darth Maul, the infamous villain in George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, who then takes possession of the Darksaber. Darth Maul held on to the Darksaber through numerous battles, using it to gain more power throughout the galaxy.

In the events of the animated series Star Wars Rebels, the Darksaber is taken by Sabine Wren, who is a member of House Vizsla. Older Mandalorian Fenn Rau believes that Sabine might be able to unite the fractured Mandalorian people with the ancient weapon and oppose the evil Galactic Empire.

Later in Rebels, Sabine gives the Darksaber to Bo-Katan Kryze, who is the sister of the slain ruler of Mandalore, Duchess Satine. Sabine gives up the Darksaber realizing that Bo-Katan is the rightful leader of Mandalore in the event of Satine's death.

Bo-Katan Kryze is the last known holder of the Darksaber.

Its appearance in The Mandalorian Season 1 finale marks the first time the Darksaber has been seen on-screen in a live action Star Wars property. It's suggested that Gideon stole it from Mandalore during the Purge of Mandalore, in which the evil Galactic Empire wiped out most of the Mandalorian people.

An interesting tidbit for fans: The Darksaber very nearly made its live action debut in another Star Wars property—last year's spin-off movie Solo: A Star Wars Story. Sam Witwer, who voiced Darth Maul in the movie, as well as Rebels and Clone Wars, told The Star Wars Show that producers considered having Darth Maul wield the Darksaber in the film.