There is one Star Wars character who is perfectly equipped to help fix Din Djarin’s Darksaber struggles in the third season of The Mandalorian. Season 2 of The Mandalorian saw Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) win the Darksaber in combat from Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). Later, in The Book of Boba Fett episode 5, the Armorer (Emily Swallow) teaches Din how to wield the Darksaber in combat before his admission of having removed his helmet sees him cast out. Now that the Armorer is no longer willing to teach Din how to use the Darksaber, there is one character in Star Wars who would be the perfect replacement.
Sabine Wren made her debut in Star Wars Rebels as part of the Ghost Crew. Having been shunned by her family and branded a traitor for refusing to create more weapons in service of the Empire, Sabine joined the Rebellion instead. She found the Darksaber on Dathomir while hunting down the former Sith Lord and ruler of Mandalore, Maul. Though initially hesitant to take on the legacy that comes with wielding the Darksaber, Sabine agreed to be trained by Jedi Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger to become proficient enough with the Darksaber so that she may one day unite Mandalore and convince them to join the Rebellion.
Though others have wielded the Darksaber after Sabine, namely Bo-Katan Kryze and Moff Gideon, no one is better equipped to teach Din how to wield the Darksaber than Sabine Wren herself. With her live-action Star Wars debut swiftly approaching now that the role of Sabine has been cast for the Disney+ Ahsoka show (Natasha Liu Bordizzo will portray her), Din Djarin’s and Sabine Wren’s meeting seems inevitable. Sabine’s experiences as a Mandalorian and her comprehensive training with the Darksaber make her the perfect candidate to teach Din how to wield it properly.
Though Din Djarin is a weapons expert like most Mandalorians, the Darksaber has proven to be a challenging armament for the character. While using it in combat, he even manages to hurt himself severely. The Darksaber is unlike any weapon Din has used before – and this was the same for Sabine Wren when she first trained with the Darksaber in the Star Wars Rebels episode “Trials of the Darksaber.” The Darksaber is a lightsaber, after all, and neither Sabine nor Din can utilize the Force while fighting with it. In contrast, Sabine’s training with Kanan and Ezra has given her first-hand knowledge of how to fight with a lightsaber, even without the Force to guide her, knowing she can pass it on to Din.
However, the major thing that Sabine learns in “Trials of the Darksaber” is that the Darksaber responds to the wielder’s emotions and actions as they become a part of the blade’s energy. This is why the Darksaber can feel heavy to whoever wields it. During training, Sabine was forced to remember her family’s betrayal and the choices she had to make, after which using the blade became second nature as it became an extension of her. In this same way, Din needs to confront being shunned from the covert and living under the guidance of her religion. Din will likely be unable to wield the Darksaber properly until he understands his emotions and how they affect his proficiency with the blade. In this way, Sabine Wren would understand his being rejected better than anyone and would likely be able to get him to confront his fears and loneliness, showing him that there is more than one way to be a Mandalorian and that the Way of the Mandalore isn’t, in fact, the only way.
Sabine Wren and Din Djarin have a lot in common, and as such, they could learn a great deal from each other, not just about the Darksaber but what it means to be a Mandalorian. Din Djarin’s world is expanding, with Grogu by his side and the Darksaber as his primary weapon. Meeting Sabine Wren in The Mandalorian season 3 would undoubtedly help him move forward and better understand who he is and where he comes from.