WWE Wrestler Sasha Banks Celebrates Her Debut On Mandalorian

Sasha Banks from The Mandalorian at the BET Awards
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The Mandalorian season 2 which premiered October 30 on Disney+, led many to great excitement in its most recent episode. Titled “Chapter 11: The Heiress,” the episode marks fan-favorite Bo-Katan Kryze’s (Katee Sackhoff) much-awaited arrival on The Mandalorian. However, she is not the only one making her first appearance in the show.

Season 2 saw another character debut for the hit series with WWE wrestler turned actor Sasha Banks. Introduced as Koska Reeves, Banks is a Mandalorian who works alongside Bo-Katan Kryze.

In celebration of her appearance, Banks took a selfie alongside her real name, Mercedes Varnado, from the show’s credits section. Posting on her personal account in Twitter, she captions the image “Can’t stop screaming, crying and smiling #Thankful.”

Fans early speculated that Banks would be playing the live-action version of another Star Wars character, Sabine Wren. However, The Mandalorian season 2 reveals that she instead portrays a brand new character, Koska Reeves. Koska is also a Mandalorian who works alongside Kryze on Trask. They are both part of the Nite Owls, an elite Mandalorian fighting unit. While Kryze has come out in other Star Wars franchises, Koska appears as a new addition to the SW universe.

Koska’s background still remains a huge mystery. The episode may have highlighted Koska’s loyalty to Kryze, as well as her burning desire to take back Mandalore. However, it failed to dig deeper into Koska’s motivations. On the other hand, she and the Nite Owls now have an Imperial Gozanti-class cruiser, from their latest mission. As a result, the warriors are more equipped now to wage a siege, suggesting possible future appearances for Koska Reeves.

The Mandalorian Season 2: What else could we look forward to in the future episodes?

While the first two episodes of season 2 felt like a slow burn, episode 3 is explosive, to say the least. Suddenly, The Mandalorian season 2 has moved greatly into an intense pace, especially with the introduction of its highly anticipated characters.

Viewers were very delighted with “The Heiress” episode, and have commended its director Bryce Dallas Howard. In fact, this is just Howard’s second time directing an episode of The Mandalorian, apart from season 1’s “The Sanctuary.” By this, it is apparent that the cast and crew of The Mandalorian are absolutely killing it. It is surely beyond exciting to see what happens next in the galaxy far, far away.

Ria Genteroy
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