Katee Sackhoff, who performed Bo-Katan Kryze on The Clone Wars and in season 2 of The Mandalorian, says followers needs to be cautious of her character’s motivations. In a wide-ranging interview with Polygon, she mentioned her function within the Star Wars universe and her profession as a complete — together with a tease for season 2 of her Netflix science fiction series Another Life.
Sackhoff first portrayed Bo-Katan in 2011, in Clone Wars season 4. The character is a native-born Mandalorian, and the rightful ruler of the planet Mandalore. Season 2 of The Mandalorian finds her on the path of the legendary Darksaber — a quest that places her straight into battle with the sequence’ hero, Dinn Djarin, performed by Pedro Pascal.
“What I beloved about the way in which that she was portrayed in [The Mandalorian] was that you just don’t actually know what she’s considering, or the place she lands, or if you happen to’re supposed to love her or belief her,” Sackhoff tells Polygon, throughout a weekend look with Topps Digital at Wintercon in New York.
“On the finish of season 2, we’re ready the place we’ve set ourselves up with our hero to probably be in battle,” Sackhoff continues. “You don’t fairly know if you happen to’re alleged to root for her or not but, and I like that. I like that grey space, as a result of she’s not so black and white.”
Sackhoff rose to prominence enjoying one other character with plenty of grey space, Kara “Starbuck” Thrace, within the 2004 reboot of Battlestar Galactica. That sequence, and her function specifically, hewed very near present occasions on the time. Battlestar famously engaged with the ethics of torture and the idea of civilian rule of the army, each scorching matters after the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults and all through the early years of america’ army campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.
She says she’s pleased with that function, however has additionally loved what got here after.
“I do admire, within the style, that it’s allowed to speak about issues that you could be not essentially have the ability to discuss in one thing that’s primarily based in actuality,” she says, “as a result of it makes it extra palatable. Typically, when one thing is so heavy-handed, it’s laborious for audiences to need to pay attention, and to have the ability to touch upon present occasions and issues which might be taking place. However if you happen to place it in a style like science fiction, you are taking away that ego that claims, ‘You’re speaking about me,’ and permit an viewers to be affected by the present occasion, by the statements or feedback on present occasions, with out their very own opinion getting in the way in which.”
After Battlestar, Sackhoff starred in a number of totally different tv pilots. Finally, she discovered success in Longmire, a Western drama on A&E. This system was canceled in 2014, reportedly because its fanbase was too old, earlier than Netflix picked it up. The present ran for 3 extra seasons, ending in 2017 with a complete of six.
Sackhoff says she significantly appreciates Longmire’s dedication to expansive storytelling. “There’s a very particular pacing Westerns have that permits an viewers the respect and the time to really feel the journey and go together with them,” she says. “And Mandalorian does that too. It stretches issues out, as a result of they need to just be sure you’re with them. That’s what Longmire did, and I beloved it.”
Between Longmire and The Mandalorian, Sackhoff was a producer of One other Life, a sequence with a decidedly youthful demographic. She additionally performed a starring function as veteran astronaut Niko Breckinridge, charged with herding a crew of younger, bold voyagers on a mission to avoid wasting the Earth. Sackhoff says the present was designed to be “popcorn.”
“It doesn’t take itself severely,” Sackhoff says. “Nobody’s gonna ship a bunch of 22-year-olds into area to avoid wasting the world. These youngsters are uncontrolled. I ought to have airlocked all of them within the first 5 seconds. To me, it was the proper mixture of sensationalized fiction for a youthful viewers.”
Essential reception for the sequence was generally poor, however Sackhoff and her crew have been given a second season, which is able to premiere later in 2021.
“We had some issues,” Sackhoff admits. “Going into season 2, we have been conscious of what the issues have been. Netflix gave us the chance to repair them, which I like, and season 2 is insane. It’s so thrilling. It takes all the things that folks love from season 1, removes a few of the stuff that didn’t work, after which we transfer ahead even stronger […]. So I’m actually excited and hopeful that we’ll get a 3rd season as effectively.”
Sackhoff has not been confirmed for season 3 of The Mandalorian, however it’s laborious to see the sequence persevering with with out her. Her look, together with different vital modifications within the story, appears to sign the subsequent section of its narrative, one that will give attention to the enduring Star Wars villain Grand Admiral Thrawn.