Death Watch, a Mandalorian warrior splinter group, plays an interesting role in the events of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. While they make an appearance in other Star Wars series, such as The Mandalorian, it is in The Clone Wars that they become embroiled in several plots that impact the group’s organization and leadership.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an animated series that occurs during a time when the Galactic Republic, supported by the Jedi Order, is at war with the Separatists led by Count Dooku. The Republic, which has created its clone army, clashes with the Separatists’ droids as they attempt to expand and bring more planetary systems under their protection. Death Watch appears in The Clone Wars, working to achieve their own goals while collaborating with the Separatists and the Sith. Due to certain events, they split apart, leading to questions about what happened to them after The Clone Wars.
How Did Death Watch Come Into Being?
In the events leading up to The Clone Wars, civil war erupted on Mandalore due to conflicts between the local warrior clans. When these clans had all but been wiped out, a pacifist government was put in place led by Duchess Satine Kryze. The Mandalorians had previously thrived as a warrior culture where honor and pride were found on the battlefield. After the civil war, the remnants of the clans were exiled to the moon of Concordia. It was thought that they had all died out, but the survivors regrouped and began calling themselves the Death Watch. Under the leadership of Pre Vizsla and Bo-Katan Kryze, their mission was to overthrow the pacifist government and return Mandalore to its former glory.
What Happened to Death Watch After the Clone Wars?
During The Clone Wars, Death Watch played a role in the conflict between the Sith and the Jedi. They teamed up with the Sith twice, the first time with Count Dooku and the second with Darth Maul and his apprentice/brother Savage Opress. It was after Maul became involved with Death Watch that they split into two factions, which is where confusion can arise as to what happened to them. After Maul killed Vizsla with his Darksaber, he not only took control of the throne of Mandalore, but he also took in some Death Watch members and renamed them the Mandalorian Super Commandos. However, Bo-Katan and her Nite Owls rejected Maul’s leadership and fled, forming a resistance in an attempt to take back their planet from outsider rule.
Thus, Death Watch was split according to those loyal to Maul and those loyal to Bo-Katan. Throughout the rest of The Clone Wars, Bo-Katan’s resistance continued to fight against Maul’s rule by working with the Republic. In the last days of the war, they launched a joint operation called the Siege of Mandalore in an attempt to capture Maul and liberate the planet. They finally succeed, with the resistance also capturing the last of the super commandos and Bo-Katan being named Regent of Mandalore by the Jedi.
After The Clone Wars, the Empire occupied Mandalore, and there continued to be clashes between opposing warrior clans. Unfortunately, the planet and the majority of the Mandalorian people were soon wiped out by the Empire. Bo-Katan, along with the remainder of her Nite Owls, went on to oppose the Empire and work towards one day restoring their people. At this point, the Death Watch as it was under Pre Viszla, is no more.
While most of them still operate under Bo-Katan, other survivors can be found across star systems and on seedy planets, bartering their services for profit.
To see Death Watch in action, watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars, streaming now on Disney+.
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