Warning: SPOILERS for The Mandalorian season 2 finale and The Book of Boba Fett episode 5.
The Mandalorian season 3 is officially on the way and will release in late 2021, on par with the first two seasons of the hit Star Wars series. Easily one of the biggest shows out right now, The Mandalorian continues to dominate pop culture with every episode it releases, and even in-between seasons — though it’s not only about Grogu anymore. With Boba Fett, Ahsoka Tano, and Bo-Katan Kryze showing up in season 2, The Mandalorian is now bigger than ever.
While The Mandalorian season 1 was more about setup and laying the foundation for a bigger story, season 2 dove deep into Star Wars lore, taking viewers on a journey through a variety of sand, snow, water, and forest planets. One of those happened to be the Jedi homeworld from Star Wars Legends, while another was a classic planet that’s appeared in most — if not all — major Star Wars properties so far. But beyond that, season 2 expanded on season 1’s story in numerous ways, which has now led to two spinoffs: one starring Rosario Dawson as the live-action Ahsoka Tano, and The Book of Boba Fett, which continues that particular former bounty hunter’s narrative after The Mandalorian season 2.
The Book of Boba Fett episode 5 continued The Mandalorian‘s story, focusing on Din Djarin’s experiences after season 2 before drawing him into the show’s own narrative. That suggests these stories will be interwoven considerably, and The Book of Boba Fett is, therefore, essential viewing ahead of The Mandalorian season 3. Here’s everything we know about season 3.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Release Date
The Mandalorian season 3 is expected to release in 2022. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy initially announced a Christmas premiere date for The Mandalorian‘s “next chapter” during Disney’s 2020 Investor Day, but that actually referred to The Book of Boba Fett. The Mandalorian season 3 began filming in October 2021, so it’s reasonable to assume it will drop before the end of 2022; unfortunately, production has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, so it may not come out on schedule.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Story Details
The Mandalorian season 3 is likely to dive much deeper into Mandalorian culture. Season 2 saw Din Djarin encounter Bo-Katan and her Nite Owls, and he vowed to help them reclaim Mandalore if they assisted him in recovering the Child. Mando defeated Moff Gideon in combat, taking the Darksaber, and unwittingly becoming Mandalore’s rightful ruler. As seen in The Book of Boba Fett episode 5, not all Mandalorians are content to leave the Darksaber with Din Djarin, and he is likely to find himself challenged as he attempts to reunite the scattered Mandalorians. Unfortunately, Din Djarin will clearly need to train; non-Jedi can use lightsabers, but they need to practice meditative techniques that allow them to bond with the blade, and Din Djarin doesn’t know any of these at present.
The Mandalorian season 2 finale ended with Luke Skywalker taking Grogu to train as part of his new Jedi Order, but The Book of Boba Fett episode 5 suggested Din Djarin doesn’t believe he’s said goodbye; he even had Beskar armor forged for Grogu, who he considers a Foundling. Sadly, Din Djarin’s quest in season 2 has cost him dearly, with the survivors of Din Djarin’s old clan exiling Mando for removing his mask during the quest. This is likely to make Din Djarin all the more eager to reconnect to the rest of his family — including the Child.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Cast & Spinoffs
The Mandalorian season 3 will, of course, bring back Pedro Pascal as Din Djarin aka Mando, and it’s likely to feature the puppet Grogu as well. But beyond them, Giancarlo Esposito has already confirmed that Moff Gideon will return in season 3 and even play a large role. Carl Weathers is returning as Greef Karga too, although Gina Carano won’t be back as Cara Dune given her character has been fired by Disney. The interesting question is whether any of the characters associated with the various spinoffs, such as Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka, Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shand, will appear as well. Hopefully, it won’t be long before Lucasfilm releases a trailer for The Mandalorian season 3, confirming other members of the cast.
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