Fans can expect a bit of a longer wait before the next series of The Mandalorian, with spin-off The Book of Boba Fett set to debut in December before we catch up with the further adventures of Din Djarin.
And until filming begins we actually know very little about how Mando’s future will unfold, whether we’ll see Grogu/Baby Yoda back in the series and what on Earth (or Mandalore) is going on with the Darksaber.
So what do we know? Well, one of the few things we can say for sure about season three is someone who won’t feature – Gina Carano’s ex-Rebel bruiser and Republic Marshal Cara Dune, with LucasFilm revealing the recurring character won’t return after “abhorrent” social media posts from the actor.
Whether this will affect the planned storylines for season three – or spin-offs Rangers of the New Republic and Ahsoka – is unclear, though more generally series star Pedro Pascal hinted that we could see more crossover between the Disney+ dramas going forward.
“They are in the expansion of this world, where there are so many unexpected surprises and timelines that are going to be dealt with,” he told IndieWire.
“If the character were to cross over into these worlds, it will be utilised in a way that isn’t meant to be expected. I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise of whether or not characters from the show we already know are crossing over.”
For now, read on for everything you need to know about The Mandalorian season three.
The Mandalorian season 3 release date
In December 2020, The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau appeared on Good Morning America to clarify a few things about the future of Star Wars on television.
Among them, he announced that spin-off series The Book of Boba Fett is currently in production and will be the next live-action Star Wars show to land on Disney Plus (expected to arrive in December 2021).
However, he added that filming on The Mandalorian season three will begin shortly after the Boba Fett show wraps, suggesting Din Djarin could return in early 2022.
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The Mandalorian season 3 cast
There are no confirmed details about the cast of The Mandalorian’s third season, but one may assume that Pedro Pascal will return in the title role.
The series has seen a revolving door of guest stars since its first season, but the likes of Carl Weathers’ Greef Karga and Bill Burr’s former Imperial Mayfeld have each enjoyed multiple appearances, so it seems possible these characters in particular could be back in future stories.
So too have Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen as the legendary Boba Fett and sharpshooter Fennec Shand respectively, but it seems less likely they’ll return now that they’re being spun off into their own Disney+ series (aka The Book of Boba Fett).
The same can be said for Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano, who debuted as a guest star in The Mandalorian season two to universal acclaim from fans and critics, before her own solo show was quickly given the green light.
Still, while we don’t know exactly who will be returning we do know one actor who won’t be – recurring guest star Gina Carano, whose character Cara Dune will not be returning to the Star Wars universe following controversial posts Carano made on social media.
“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” a Lucasfilm representative said in February 2021.
“Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
The Mandalorian season 3 plot
The Mandalorian season two’s finale gave us some big hints as to what we might expect from season three, with the most notable being the break-up of the series’ central duo. Read our full The Mandalorian review for in-depth finale details.
At the end of the episode Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) arrives to take Grogu/Baby Yoda for training, and after an emotional farewell (which saw Mando take his helmet off) Din is left standing alone, The Child taken to an unknown future.
This seems to suggest that Mando and Baby Yoda will be separated for at least part of the next series as the latter continues his training – but given the popularity of the character and his centrality to the show, it seems unlikely that they’ll be kept apart for too long.
Who knows? Maybe we’ll even see some more of digital Luke Skywalker as he trains Baby Yoda, assuming Mark Hamill is one board for more adventures in a galaxy far far away.
In the meantime, Pascal’s Din Djarin might have his own issues to attend to. In the finale he bests Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) in combat and takes the Darksaber – a legendary Mandalorian weapon held by the ruler of the planet Mandalore – to give to Katee Sackhoff’s Bo-Katan Kryze, who had been hunting it for a while.
Unfortunately, as Moff Gideon gleefully revealed she needed to win the Darksaber in battle to claim it, with Bo-Katan unable to take it from Din despite his entreaties unless she fought him first. This tension was quickly punctured by the arrival of more Dark Troopers and Luke, but we’re betting we haven’t seen the last of the Darksaber tussle in The Mandalorian. Who knows? Maybe after all this time we’ll finally visit Mandalore itself, which has as of yet not appeared in the Disney+ series.
And there’s at least one more thread left dangling, after Moff Gideon reveals that he already took Baby Yoda’s Force-friendly blood prior to the team’s arrival. Where did the blood go? If not Moff Gideon, who’s using it, and for what? Is it linked to Snoke and the return of the Emperor in The last Skywalker, or is there some other insidious purpose?
Somehow, we think The Mandalorian season three will lead us to find out.
Is there a trailer for The Mandalorian season 3?
Not just yet. Expect to see our first look at the next season when the show commences filming in 2021.
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