The Mandalorian season 3: Release date speculation, cast, and latest news
The galaxy's premier father figure will return for more adventures on Disney Plus.
After the epic finale of The Mandalorian season 2, fans have been clamouring to find out more about what lies ahead for season 3.
The good news on this front is that The Mandalorian season 3 is finally on its way to us.
However, it turns out that the final episodes of The Book of Boba Fett set up The Mandalorian’s next season, with **SPOILER ALERT** the Disney Plus series leaving the titular bounty hunter in the shadows as we caught up with Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), everyone’s favourite modern Star Wars character Grogu, aka Baby Yoda, and other characters from The Mandalorian.
While actor Pascal is set to reprise his role as the main character in The Mandalorian season 3, he definitely won’t be returning with 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.
And with spin-offs such as Ahsoka on the way also, star Pascal has hinted that there could be more crossovers 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 3.
The Mandalorian season 3 release date
The Mandalorian season 3 will be released in February 2023.
The series has been subject to all sorts of production and release date rumours, but its release month was confirmed by Disney+ at Star Wars Celebration 2022.
The revelation of the release month also saw the logo for the third season revealed - which included both Din Djarin and Grogu.
Season 1 of the Mandalorian premiered in November 2019 and season 2 at the end of October 2020, with both seasons concluding their runs in December.
Filming for the new season began in October 2021 and is expected to last until March 2022.
The third season of The Mandalorian comes after Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) made an appearance in The Book of Boba Fett. We caught up with Djarin's life since The Mandalorian season 2, so the spin-off prepares us for the return of the central series.
Carl Weathers, who portrays Greef Karga, later confirmed that he had begun work on the Disney Plus series on 13th October 2021.
If you're keen to catch up on past seasons, then you'll need a subscription to the streaming service.
The Mandalorian season 3 cast
The following cast members have been confirmed for The Mandalorian season 3.
- Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian/Din Djarin
- Carl Weathers as Greef Karga
- Emily Swallow as The Armorer
- Omid Abtahi as Dr Pershing
- Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon
- Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze
- Christopher Lloyd as TBC
Pedro Pascal will reprise his role as the lead character The Mandalorian/Din Djarin in the third season.
However, fans can catch Djarin in his appearance in The Book of Boba Fett too which also saw him reunited at last with Grogu.
Also, considering the ending of The Book of Boba Fett, expect to see this duo front and centre for the third run of the series.
Meanwhile, Carl Weathers will return as Greef Karga, a leader of the Bounty Hunters' Guild and the Magistrate of the planet Nevarro, who has been a long-time ally to Din Djarin.
Elsewhere, Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito will reprise his role as the evil Moff Gideon, Djarin's arch-nemesis.
When season 2 was released, Esposito teased to Entertainment Weekly: "...I have a feeling you'll see more of me next season. More than likely you're going to see a lot of Moff Gideon. I can't be sure of that, but it seems as though this iconic journey that they want you to feel it. I think you're going to start to see other storylines start to creep in. When we start to realize there's such a deep connection [between the show's storylines and] the rest of the galaxy and what's really happening. Maybe you'll get an inkling of what he wants."
We will also see more from Mandalorian leader Bo-Katan Kryze, played by Katee Sackhoff, who was introduced in season 2 after the character's previous animated series appearances.
The character wishes to once again obtain the Darksaber in the possession of Djarin after he obtained it from Moff Gideon. The weapon is believed to belong to the legendary Mandalore who will rule their culture's homeworld.
It is unknown if Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen will reprise their roles as Boba Fett and Fennec Shand, respectively, after The Book of Boba Fett, but considering how Mando and Grogu served as supporting characters there we would not be surprised if they returned in The Mandalorian season 3.
When asked about a potential return to The Mandalorian in season 3 by Digital Spy, Wen said she was unsure about Fennec's status on the show.
"I don't know. You'll probably find out before I do," she said. "I mean, come on, I didn't even know I was shooting The Book of Boba Fett, so you're asking the wrong person."
The same can be said for Rosario Dawson's Ahsoka Tano, who debuted as a guest star in The Mandalorian season 2 to universal acclaim from fans and critics, before her own solo show was quickly given the green light. The character also has a much-praised appearance in The Book of Boba Fett.
Elsewhere, Amy Sedaris could also make a comeback as mechanic and friend to Djarin and Grogu, Pelli Motto.
Meanwhile, we would not rule out another appearance from the CGI version of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker since we have yet to see the character's reaction to Grogu choosing to be a Mandalorian over a Jedi.
Marshal Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) could also put in an appearance after the post-credits scene to The Book of Boba Fett.
Finally, 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.”
What will the plot be for The Mandalorian season 3?
The Mandalorian season 3 was set up following the end of The Book of Boba Fett.
Despite parting ways with Din Djarin in the second season finale, the spin-off series saw The Mandalorian reunited with Grogu after the child chose his attachment to Djarin over the chance to be a Jedi training under Luke Skywalker.
The pair were back together again and last seen blasting into hyperspace in an N-1 Starfighter in the final episode of The Book of Boba Fett.
Where will they head next?
One person Djarin will reunite with is potential Mandalorian leader Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff).
In the season 2 finale, he bested 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 Bo-Katan, who had been hunting it for a while.
Unfortunately, as Moff Gideon gleefully revealed she needed to win the Darksaber in a 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.
It seems that we are finally set to 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? Dr Pershing will be back so perhaps answers are on the way!
Somehow, we think The Mandalorian season 3 will lead us to find out.
Is there a trailer for The Mandalorian season 3?
A trailer for The Mandalorian season 3 was shown at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California on Thursday 26th May 2022.
The footage has yet to be released online but is reported to have revealed that Djarin will head to Mandalore in the new episodes.
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