We can’t get enough of Star Wars on the small screen.
Following the acclaimed second season of The Mandalorian, the galaxy far, far away is spinning off even further, with upcoming shows centered on Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Classic characters are returning and all the focus is on the spin-offs, leaving us in the dark as to when Mando will be back.
Disney announced the show had been recommissioned for a third season back in 2020, but what’s new since then? Here’s all we know so far.
When Will Season 3 Of The Mandalorian Premiere?
Back in December 2020, showrunner Jon Favreau confirmed the series will not be airing at the same time as spin-off The Book Of Boba Fett, and will instead premiere afterwards.
We now know that the first episode of that show will premiere on 29th December, so will The Mandalorian return as soon as it’s wrapped?
This seems unlikely. Actor Carl Weathers confirmed that the third season entered production on Wednesday 13th October 2021 – so it’s doubtful that it will be ready for early February.
Who Will Star In The Mandalorian Season 3?
The second season appeared to bring Mando’s narrative arc to a close, but Pascal’s stunt double Brendan Wayne has already confirmed that the actor will be back for round three.
In a 2020 Instagram post, he wrote: “”Yes!! Pedro is coming back. There was never any question.”
We know that Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) are unlikely to return. They famously assumed they had started shooting a third season revolved around their characters, with the scripts even saying ‘Mandalorian Season Three’ – only to be told two weeks into production they were actually filming The Book Of Boba Fett.
Aside from Pascal and Weathers (returning as Greef Karga), we don’t know then for sure who will be back – although Giancarlo Esposito (who plays Moff Gideon) has given some interviews speaking about where the show may head in a third season.
We know that Cara Dune won’t be making a return, as actress Gina Carano was released from her contract following offensive social media posts.
What’s The Plot?
Unsurprisingly, plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, so we have to read between the lines of cast interviews to work out where the show is going next.
It does seem likely that season three of The Mandalorian will be setting up future Star Wars spin-offs, to add more depth to this universe.
For example, upcoming series Ahsoka will be set within the show’s timeline, meaning the next season could act to set those stories up more clearly – meaning that Rosario Dawson could be a big part of season three.
In an interview with Indiewire, star Pascal promised “unexpected surprises and timelines” in the expansion of the show’s universe when it returns. So could the series be doing more than just expanding its own corner of the Star Wars universe, and bringing other timelines together?
When Will There Be A Trailer?
Season three has only been in production for just over a month at the time of writing, so don’t expect anything just yet.
However, once the upcoming Book Of Boba Fett spin-off has wrapped its first season, it isn’t too out of the box to expect a teaser to be released. We shall wait and see…