The Armorer, played by Emily Swallow, has been one of the most interesting characters in The Mandalorian since the first episode aired on Disney+.
We don't know much about her, if anything at all, except that she is in charge of Din Djarin's (Pedro Pascal) covert. She keeps the Children of the Watch's knowledge of Mandalorian history and traditions safe.
She also makes cool armor for the foundlings and teaches Din how to use the Darksaber. But as interesting as she is now, many fans have been wondering about her past and if she might have been on the wrong side of history the whole time.
The former Sith Lord Darth Maul (Sam Witwer) led the Death Watch, a group of Mandalorian extremists, for a short but important period of time. He even got to rule Mandalore as the owner of the Darksaber before he fell at the end of the Clone Wars.
During that time, his followers wore helmets with horns and other designs, which made them easy to spot on the battlefield. Since the Children of the Watch kept the Death Watch sect alive, the question has to be asked: Could the Armorer have been a Maul loyalist in the past?
What Kind of People Were the Mandalorians Who Worked for Maul?
It's not clear when the Death Watch was made, but we first met them in the animated series The Clone Wars, when Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) went to the moon of Concordia to try to solve a problem that would lead to another Mandalorian civil war.
Back then, Pre Vizsla (Jon Favreau), a descendant of Tarre Vizsla, a famous Mandalorian hero, and Jedi, led the group. Not only did he have the right last name, but he also had the Darksaber, so it was only natural that Mandalorians who cared more about traditions would join him.
Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), who was also a member of the Death Watch, was someone we knew from before. Even though she was only a teenager, she was one of Pre Vizsla's top lieutenants.
This was especially true because she was the younger sister of Duchess Satine Kryze (Anna Graves), who led the peaceful New Mandalorians. In Episode 2, when Bo-Katan told Din Djarin about how great Mandalorian culture was, she was talking about her sister, who didn't rule as Mand'alor but as Duchess in a democratic government. There was no Darksaber involved.
Satine was also once in love with Obi-Wan Kenobi. This is why Maul went to Mandalore to get back at the Jedi Master. The former Sith Lord beat Pre Vizsla in battle and took the Darksaber and the name Mand'alor for himself.
He also killed Satine in front of Kenobi, which made Bo-Katan leave the Death Watch and start the Night Owls, her own rebel group. She said that she could never let an outsider rule Mandalore.
This may seem confusing since foundlings aren't originally Mandalorians, but she was actually talking about Maul not having taken the Creed and therefore not being a Mandalorian.
But that didn't matter for most of Death Watch. He beat the last person to own the Darksaber, and that gave him the right to rule as Mand'alor, even though he was not a native. As a way to stand out from other Mandalorian groups, Maul's followers painted their armor red and black and added horns to their helmets.
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