What is The Way now for the Mandalorian?
‘The Mandalorian’ Season 3: After the rollercoaster finale of The Mandalorian Season 2 and The Book of Boba Fett finale, fans have been eagerly waiting to see the next chapter of the hit Star Wars series. The wait might be a little longer than initially expected, but The Mandalorian Season 3 does promise to be worth your patience.
First launched in November 2019, The Mandalorian follows the adventures of Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), the titular hero and a Mandalorian bounty hunter. Over the course of the first two seasons, we saw the Mandalorian develop a bond with the young force-sensitive child Grogu (better known among fans as Baby Yoda). He’s faced criminals, monsters, and the remnants of the evil Empire and there’s no telling where exactly his story will go from here.
That said, we do have some details about the Disney+ show’s upcoming Season 3. So warm up those blasters and read on for the full details.
Is There a The Mandalorian Season 3 Trailer?
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Yes, there is! The first teaser for The Mandalorian Season 3 was released during Disney’s D23 Expo 2022. Check it out in the player above and head to this link to catch our full trailer breakdown. An extended version of the first teaser was shown at Brazil’s Comic-Con Experience (CCXP), which also shows some footage of Grogu using the Force. We finally got a full-length trailer for Season 3 on January 16, 2023, which gives a bit more detail about the story to come (and is already a record-breaker). For a full trailer breakdown, check out this link. And you can watch the video in the player below:
A new featurette for The Mandalorian Season 3 was released on February 1, 2023, celebrating the show’s impact and legacy. Check it out here:
When Is The Mandalorian Season 3 Release Date?
Good news, The Mandalorian Season 3 is currently slated to premiere on Disney+ on March 1, 2023. That’s less than a month away now so Star Wars fans have plenty to be excited about. Earlier this year, a new season of the animated Star Wars: The Bad Batch was released on January 4, 2023, which will also be releasing new episodes on Disney+ while The Mandalorian is running.
Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy had announced during December 2020’s Disney Investor Day presentation that the next chapter of The Mandalorian would arrive in time for Christmas Day 2021. However, showrunner Jon Favreau later clarified that she was talking about The Book of Boba Fett, the spinoff series set up in the finale of Season 2.
Who Is in The Mandalorian Season 3 Cast?
We have yet to receive an official confirmation on the cast for The Mandalorian Season 3, as is tradition for this show (remember how each guest star in Season 2 was a surprise?). Fans can obviously expect Pedro Pascal to return as the gunslinging protagonist. Giancarlo Esposito, who plays the main villain Moff Gideon in the first two seasons, has teased that we will see more of him in the coming seasons. So he’s going to be there in Season 3. Carl Weathers will also return as Mando’s friend Greef Karga. Katee Sackhoff will return as the popular character Bo-Katan Kryze. The character has a lot further to go in her journey and she will reportedly be a major force in Season 3.
It’s currently unclear whether Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett and Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano will be back in Season 3 after the events of The Book of Boba Fett. If Boba Fett does return, it’s quite probable that he will bring Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) with him. New cast members this season include Christopher Lloyd and Tim Meadows in unspecified roles.
Gina Carano will not return to play Cara Dune. Disney and Lucasfilm have cut all ties with the actor after she made some problematic social media posts. As it stands, it doesn’t look like the character will be recast, although that is a possibility. The big question fans are asking is whether Grogu will return in The Mandalorian Season 3. Those who watched the finale for The Book of Boba Fett know that everybody’s favorite Jedi infant has returned to Din.
How Does The Mandalorian Season 3 Connect To The Book of Boba Fett?
As many fans already know The Book of Boba Fett shifted gears in a big way in its fifth episode “Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian” which felt much more like a back to basics episode of The Mandalorian rather than an episode of the Boba Fett fronted series. Regardless, Din’s appearance in the last three episodes of the series tied up some of the loose ends that were left unresolved in the Season 2 finale, including Mando gaining a new ship, reuniting with Grogu, learning more about the Darksaber’s history, and being cast out of his tribe after revealing that he removed his helmet. He also learns that the only way he can atone for his sins is to come into contact with the water in the mines of Mandalore, which likely be a big part of Season 3.
Who’s Making The Mandalorian Season 3?
The Mandalorian Season 3 will run for eight episodes. This season, the directors working on the show include Rick Famuyiwa, Rachel Morrison, Lee Isaac Chung, Carl Weathers, Peter Ramsey, and Bryce Dallas Howard. You can watch the video for a full introduction to the directors. The Mandalorian is created by Jon Favreau, who is also a writer and executive producer for the series. The other executive producers for the season include Dave Filoni and Rick Famuyiwa. Series music is composed by Ludwig Göransson.
What Is The Mandalorian Season 3’s Story?
The biggest plotline looming over Season 3 is the struggle for the Darksaber. This legendary Mandalorian weapon is a symbol of power and its wielder is the rightful ruler of Mandalore. The Darksaber was in the possession of Moff Gideon until Din Djarin won the weapon in combat at the end of Season 2. He then offered the Darksaber to Bo-Katan but she refused to take it from him. It appears the only way she can take the weapon and claim the throne is if she defeats Din Djarin in battle. That’s going to be a problem in The Mandalorian Season 3. Din Djarin himself has no interest in being a ruler but he can’t just chuck the Darksaber into space either. Furthermore, Ahsoka already name-dropped Thrawn, so that EU character could come into play somehow as well. And it looks like Mandalorian politics may be a plot point once the show comes back.
And speaking of Mandalore, we’ve yet to properly see the Mandalorian homeworld on the show. The planet was devastated by an Imperial attack known as the Great Purge before the events of the series. Most people in the galaxy, including the Mandalorian, consider Mandalore to be a cursed world. But Bo-Katan is hellbent on retaking the planet and bringing the Mandalorians together as one nation again. The new season will feature Mandalore as a prominent location. While the Mandalorian will probably continue his nomadic ways, he will be returning to his homeworld, presumably for a meeting with Bo-Katan.
Another plotline that fans would be very interested to see is Grogu’s return. The little green child is the breakout star of the series so it would be a shame if he wasn’t more involved in Season 3. It also seems very possible that the Mandalorian will have further adventures against the Empire. Moff Gideon may have been defeated but there are still other Imperial remnants out in the galaxy. At some point, we are going to see how those pieces fit together and it’s inevitable that the Mandalorian will find himself in the center of the action, whether he likes it or not.