Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu in Lucasfilm's THE MANDALORIAN, Season 3

The Mandalorian Season 3 Trailer Hints At A New Look for Grogu

Also: so many Mandalorians!

by Ani Bundel
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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 take some time off, partly because it had reached a natural endpoint. The first two seasons 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 he followed his heart when he chose to stay with Skywalker and become his first student or return to Mando. The Book of Boba Fett ended with Mando and Grogu reunited.

Here’s everything to know about Season 3 when it returns.

The Mandalorian Season 3 Trailer

On Sept. 10, at the 2022 D23 Expo, Disney+ debuted the first Mandalorian Season 3 trailer for viewers.

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.

Audiences learned more when the first official full trailer arrived on Jan. 16, 2023. Mando may have been excommunicated, but it looks like his dedication to his people has only been redoubled.

Meanwhile, viewers got a closer look at all Grogu’s new helmeted friends, as a slew of Mandalorians, helmeted and otherwise, are now following the clan of two. More importantly, it looks like the Armorer has a present in store for the 50-year-old toddler, with a helmet of his own.

The Mandalorian Season 3 Plot

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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.

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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. At the end of Season 2, Mando insisted he didn’t want the sword and was happy to let her lead their people. However, his speech in the trailer suggests her insistence he was the man to unite their people has taken hold.

The Mandalorian Season 3 Cast

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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. There’s also 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.

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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. Two months later, in May 2022, the production confirmed May 2022 that Tim Meadows was joining the cast. Additionally, Babu Frik from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will make a cameo along with other members of his family.

The Mandalorian Season 3 Plot

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Here’s the Season 3 synopsis, according to Disney+.

The journeys of the Mandalorian through the Star Wars galaxy continue. Once a lone bounty hunter, Din Djarin has reunited with Grogu. Meanwhile, the New Republic struggles to lead the galaxy away from its dark history. The Mandalorian will cross paths with old allies and make new enemies as he and Grogu continue their journey together.

The Mandalorian Season 3 Filming Updates

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Even before Season 2 arrived, The Mandalorian Season 3 was already in the works 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, 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 Release Date

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The Mandalorian Season 3 will debut on March 1, 2023. Seasons 1-2 and The Book of Boba Fett are streaming on Disney+. Season 4 is reportedly in the works.

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