And the release date has been confirmed, too.
The Mandalorian Season 2 ended not with a post-credits scene teasing a new season, but something different. Instead, two of the show's co-stars, Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), would return in a spinoff series, which Disney+ suggested would take the slot left open by The Mandalorian's departure. Not that the series was canceled, it was just taking a break. The Mandalorian Season 3 is a go and is set to arrive on Disney+.
But first, the show would be taking some time off, partly because it had reached a natural endpoint. The first two seasons had focused on the adventures of Din Djarin, The Mandalorian of the title, and Grogu, aka The Child, aka Baby Yoda. The two made for a great odd couple buddy-type story, where Mando was tasked with getting Grogu home again.
But such a story could only go on for so long. Eventually, Grogu would find his Jedi people and begin training. And that’s just what happened at the end of Season 2, as the famed Jedi Luke Skywalker found the signal The Child had sent out looking for others of his kind and whisked away the adorable tyke to his new Jedi Temple where he was training a new generation.
But though The Book of Boba Fett began as a story about the other famous armor-wearing bounty hunter, it wasn’t long before Mando and Grogu were back. Mando learned more about the Darksaber he earned at the end of Season 2 and began training with it. He then traveled to visit Grogu, who was training with Luke. But when given a choice to stay with Skywalker and become his first student or return to Mando, he followed his heart. The Book of Boba Fett ended with Mando and Grogu reunited.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Trailer
On Sept. 10, at the D23 Expo, Disney+ debuted the first Mandalorian Season 3 trailer for fans to check out.
The big surprise for the series return is that Mando, whose refusal to remove his helmet marks him as a sort-of orthodox version of a Mandalorian, has been ex-communicated due to removing his helmet in Season 2. How that changes things remains to be seen, but it looks like Baby Yoda’s got a whole crew of helmeted friends now.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Cast
Pedro Pascal will be back as the titular Mandalorian, known as Mando to his friends, with Baby Yoda, aka Grogu, at his side. Weathers also confirmed his return as Greef Karga and another stint in the director’s chair. And finally, the show’s main antagonist, Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), is almost guaranteed to be back.
The trailer also confirmed the returns of Amy Sedaris as Peli Motto, Mercedes Varnado as Koska Reeves, Emily Swallow as The Armorer, and Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze. Morrison will double duty and appear in both series as Fett, though considering how much The Book Of Boba Fett focused on Mando and Grogu, it seems likely he won’t be the only one to return. It’s less assumed the characters introduced in The Book of Boba Fett will do the same. There’s David Pasquesi as the Twi’lek majordomo and Carey Jones as Krrsantan, both of whom survived the first season. Jennifer Beales’ Garsa Fwip also may still be alive — it was hard to tell in the finale’s shootout.
As for new characters, Lucasfilm is keeping a tight lid on details. However, The Hollywood Reporter revealed in March 2022 that Christopher Lloyd, most famous for his role as Doc in the Back To The Future franchise, would be joining the Season 3 cast.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Filming Updates
Even before Season 2 arrived, The Mandalorian Season 3 was already in the works over at Disney+. But though initial reports suggested the new series would arrive around the holiday season in 2021 (much like the first two), the surprise announcement of The Book of Boba Fett upended that schedule.
At first fans were worried the new show would replace the old. But series creator Jon Favreau clarified that no, both shows would continue, with Season 3 of The Mandalorian debuting after The Book of Boba Fett. According to Carl Weathers, who both stars and directs the series, filming commenced in September 2021 and wrapped in March 2022.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Plot
With Grogu back with Mando as a clan of two and Mando the proper holder of the fabled Darksaber, the weapon that the leader of the Mandalorian people wields, the adventures are about to get bigger. As part of his travels in The Book of Boba Fett, the series focused on the weapon's history and what it means to carry it. That suggests that the Darksaber will take center stage next season.
Bo-Katan Kryze has spent her life trying to get the weapon back since Gideon stole it, and Mando’s accidentally taking possession of it was a blow to her cause. Mando doesn’t want the sword and is happy to let her do the leading of their people. But she may insist he is the man to unite their people now, changing The Mandalorian’s trajectory substantially in the next season.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Release Date
The Mandalorian Season 3 will debut in 2023. Seasons 1-2 and The Book of Boba Fett are streaming on Disney+.
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