Everything We Know About 'The Mandalorian' Season 3
Where is Mando headed next?
After the explosive, emotional finale of Season 2 of The Mandalorian, we've all got one thing on our minds: Where in the galaxy will Mando go now?? What's next for our helmeted hero, who reluctantly finds himself in the gray area at the center of a cosmic battle of good against evil? As the most popular Disney+ original series, we're bound to see more of The Mandalorian, but when? And where? Here is everything we know.
Has The Mandalorian been renewed for Season 3?
Yes! Variety confirmed that Season 3 of the show has been underway in the planning stages since April 2020, just a couple months after production stopped on Season 2 (luckily, they didn't have to pause any production because of the pandemic). Principal photography officially began in October 2021, with Carl Weathers, who plays Greef Karga, tweeting his excitement.
When is Season 3 of The Mandalorian coming out?
While some fans thought that Mando Season 3 would arrive in time for Christmas 2021, that didn't turn out to be the case. Instead, Disney+ held Star Wars fans over with the release of The Book of Boba Fett, but the third season is confirmed to debut sometime after Boba Fett wraps up. With the series still in production, we'll likely have to wait until late 2022 to see Mando on our screens again. Although everything is just speculation at this point, that especially makes sense, as Disney+ usually likes to drop the show around the holidays.
What will it be about?
There's no telling what Disney and Lucasfilm are planning for the next season, especially now that (SPOILER ALERT) Mando has succeeded in his quest to bring the Child to his people. With that as the throughline of the first two seasons, the show has been opened up again to more possibilities. It's likely that Mando will team up with Bo-Katan Kryze to bring the Darksaber back to their home planet Mandalore and unite the tribes once again.
The Book of Boba Fett Episode 5, "Return of the Mandalorian," actually turned out to be basically an episode of The Mandalorian, with a plot arc entirely focused on Pedro Pascal's Din Djarin. Both an interlude and a reset, the episode focuses on Mando learning to wield the legendary Darksaber, forging a gift for little Grogu, and fixing up a new spaceship (which turned out to be Padmé Amidala's cruiser from The Clone Wars). If we were wondering whether we'd see the baby at all in Season 3, now we have our answer.
Who will be in the cast?
Pedro Pascal will definitely be back as Din Djarin, otherwise known as Mando, and Katee Sackhoff will likely return as Bo-Katan, as well as Sasha Banks as Koska Reeves and Carl Weathers as Greef Karga.
One core cast member who won't be returning is Gina Carano, who was fired by Lucasfilm in February for "abhorrent and unacceptable" social media posts comparing people afraid to share their conservative political beliefs to Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. There is no word yet on whether the character she played, Cara Dune, will be recast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney nearly announced a Cara Dune-centric Mando spinoff during their 2020 Investor Day presentation, but plans for that were scrapped in November 2020 after a similar social media controversy.
Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen could possibly pop up again as Boba Fett and Fennec Shand, respectively, but they have their own show now, and their own problems to worry about. Maybe Rosario Dawson could return as Ahsoka Tano, though her episode did seem like it was just a one-time thing, plus she's getting her own show as well. Whatever happens, please bring back Peli Motto, Amy Sedaris' big-haired spaceship mechanic.
What about Timothy Olyphant as the dashing Marshal Cobb Vanth?
Oh yeah, him too. For sure.