George Lucas Created This Mandalorian's Name

George Lucas created Star Wars and named a huge chunk of it, but it turns out that's not all in the past. According to The Mandalorian's Simon Kassianides himself, his character's name, Axe Woves, came from Lucas himself. Debuting in "The Heiress," a group of Mandalorians make an appearance, led by fan favorite character from the animated TV shows, Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) and including newcomers Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks) and Woves himself. 

Reportedly, Lucas himself visited the set of The Mandalorian, and the name of Axe Woves came right from him. The character was created by Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau, as is the case with most characters in the series, but this marks the first time the creator of the universe himself has had a direct input in The Mandalorian to date. 

The latest episode of season 2 brought out masked protagonist and the fan favorite child to the watery moon, Trask. During a dramatic double cross by residents of the moon themselves, they come face to face with the former leader of Mandalore herself, Bo-Katan Kryze. Accompanied by two other similarly dressed warriors, these new Mandalorians lend them a hand in Mando's quest to find the Jedi for The Child. 

This is the official reveal of Sasha Banks' character, which has long been confirmed and sparked rumors as to whom she could be playing for months. However, the biggest reveal is Kryze herself. Fans have been talking about her official live-action debut for a long time, and Sackhoff reprises her role as amazingly as expected. The fact that they play a helping hand in the plot that has kept fans coming back up until this point is bound to only make long time Star Wars fans even happier. 

During the episode, the new characters instantly set themselves apart from the rest of the Mandalorians we've met to date by instantly taking off their helmets, something that leads to Mando believing they're not true Mandalorians. Woves reveals himself to be a member of the Children of the Watch, radicals dedicated to restoring the old ways of Mandalore. The biggest reveal is Kryze's desire to take back their home of Mandalore. Along with taking back their home, Kryze desperately wants to get the Darksaber back from Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), which she lost during the Great Purge. Despite their difference, Kryze agrees to help Mando as long as he helps them steal an Imperial cruiser full of weapons.

Kryze's desire to retake their home and the Darksaber she wielded during the Imperial occupation of Mandalore is far from a surprise for anyone familiar with her character. It's likely a fact that is sure to make fans of the animated shows even happier to see that Lucasfilm are doing their best to make her character as consistently portrayed as possible. If anything, it could be setting up the appearance of more Mandalorians. The show has already had their fair share of other Mandalorians, but this is the first time we've seen ones outside the community Mando is a part of. With their willingness to remove their helmets, this marks the first time we've seen any Mandalorians with rules differing from the ones we've seen so far in the series. 

There have been a lot of developments already early in the season, but arguably the biggest one is the visitation of the creator of Star Wars. With his naming of Axe Woves, he's once again put his finger prints on the universe he spent much of his life creating and shaping. 
Source(s): Screenrant