Katee Sackhoff, who performed Bo-Katan Kryze on The Clone Wars and in season 2 of The Mandalorian, says followers ought to be cautious of her character’s motivations. In a wide-ranging interview with Polygon, she mentioned her position within the Star Wars universe and her profession as a complete — together with a tease for season 2 of her Netflix science fiction collection One other Life.
Sackhoff first portrayed Bo-Katan in 2011, in Star Wars: The 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 immediately into battle with the collection’ hero, Din Djarin, performed by Pedro Pascal.
“For anybody who hasn’t seen Clone Wars, Bo-Katan didn’t essentially begin out on the best aspect of issues,” Sackhoff tells Polygon, throughout a weekend look with Topps Digital at Wintercon in New York. “She thought that she was, however she isn’t utterly good on this story, and he or she has had some some nefarious intentions, doubtlessly, at one level. What I liked about the best way that she was portrayed in [The Mandalorian] was that you simply don’t actually know what she’s pondering, or the place she lands, or when you’re supposed to love her or belief her.”
“On the finish of season 2, we’re ready the place we’ve set ourselves up with our hero to doubtlessly be in battle,” Sackhoff continues. “You don’t fairly know when you’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 taking part in one other character with a lot of grey space, Kara “Starbuck” Thrace, within the 2004 reboot of Battlestar Galactica. That collection, and her position particularly, hewed very near present occasions on the time. Battlestar famously engaged with the ethics of torture and the idea of civilian rule of the navy, each sizzling matters after the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults and all through the early years of the US’ navy campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“I do recognize, 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 based mostly in actuality,” she says, “as a result of it makes it extra palatable. Generally, when one thing is so heavy-handed, it’s exhausting for audiences to wish to hear, and to have the ability to touch upon present occasions and issues which are occurring. However when you place it in a style like science fiction, you’re 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 best way.”
After Battlestar, Sackhoff starred in a number of completely different tv pilots. Ultimately, she discovered success in Longmire, a Western drama on A&E. This system was canceled in 2014, reportedly as a result of its fanbase was too outdated, earlier than Netflix picked it up. The present ran for 3 extra seasons, ending in 2017 with a complete of six.
Sackhoff says she notably appreciates Longmire’s dedication to expansive storytelling. “There’s a very particular pacing Westerns have that enables an viewers the respect and the time to really feel the journey and associate with them,” she says. “And Mandalorian does that too. It stretches issues out, as a result of they wish to just remember to’re with them. That’s what Longmire did, and I liked it.”
Between Longmire and The Mandalorian, Sackhoff was a producer of One other Life, a collection with a decidedly youthful demographic. She additionally performed a starring position as veteran astronaut Niko Breckinridge, charged with herding a crew of younger, formidable 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.”
Vital reception for the collection was usually 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 the whole lot that folks love from season 1, removes among 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 properly.”
Sackhoff has not been confirmed for season three of The Mandalorian, nevertheless it’s exhausting to see the collection persevering with with out her. Her look, together with different important modifications within the story, appears to sign the subsequent part of its narrative, one which will give attention to the long-lasting Star Wars villain Grand Admiral Thrawn.