The Mandalorian is officially returning for a third year after two successful seasons of Mando and Baby Yoda traversing across the galaxy, and we've rounded up everything we know so far about the future of the show.
It's worth noting that it won't be the only live-action Star Wars show on Disney+. Disney is also working on Andor, a Rogue One prequel series starring Diego Luna, and Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in yet another spin-off series after that.
So. Much. Star Wars.
Check out our full guide to all the Star Wars content on Disney+ for more on what you can watch now, and what's on the way. Otherwise, keep on reading for everything you need to know about The Mandalorian season three.
When will The Mandalorian season 3 air?
Filming for The Mandalorian season 3 has now kicked off, according to Carl Weathers. With that in mind, it's likely we won't see the show air until the second half of 2022.
Mandalorian, season #3 begins for Yours Truly, on tomorrow. Greef Karga will be back on Disney+. #BePeace— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) October 12, 2021
Originally, The Mandalorian season three was pegged to release at the end of 2021, but instead a new show - The Book of Boba Fett - will take this slot.
In case you were confused by the post-credits scene at the end of season two, The Book of Boba Fett will be an entirely separate storyline to The Mandalorian, and as far as we know Pascal will still be in the lead role.
Is there a trailer?
As we're so early in production, there's no trailer yet. However, you can watch the full trailer for season two below to tired you over:
Who's in the cast?
Disney hasn't confirmed any cast members as of yet, however we expect Pedro Pascal to return to the leading role of Din Djarin (AKA Mando). According to Digital Spy, Pascal's stunt double Brandon Wayne put up a (now deleted) Instagram post confirming Pascal would return in retaliation to rumours that he had left The Mandalorian.
As for who will be joining him, we could expect to see the returns of Rocky's Carl Weathers, and of course the big bad of the show, Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito. We also expect Katee Sackhoff to return as Bo-Katan Kryze, the original wielder of the Darksaber, as this was one of the plot-arcs left open-ended post-season two.
One actor who won't be returning is Gina Carano as Cara Dune. iO9 reported that Lucasfilm released the following statement:
“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
This comes off the back of Carano sharing an anti-Semitic story on her Instagram, as well as months of other posts supporting anti-mask behaviour, spreading conspiracies about the US election, denouncing the use of pronouns and supporting posts that mocked the Black Lives Matter movement.
Cara Dune was a major character in The Mandalorian and had been set up to possibly play a big part in The Rangers of the New Republic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson from Lucasfilm has confirmed that the character will not be recast.
Rosario Dawson will be starring in her own spin-off series as Ahsoka Tano - but we could see her make another cameo appearance, as her show takes place in the same timeline as The Mandalorian. We also believe that Ahsoka will air after season three of Mando, so her coming in to set up her spin-off show would make sense.
Temuera Morrison played quite a pivotal role as Boba Fett in season two. By the time season three airs, his own series will have already concluded. However, we wouldn't be surprised to see crossovers with both characters once again - and perhaps an appearance from Ming-Na Wen as sniper Fennec Shand.
Who will write and direct season three?
Behind the cameras, Jon Favreau, who's a dab hand at both producing and directing and brought us Iron Man and The Jungle Book, is the showrunner and lead writer for the series, though he's ably assisted by Star Wars: Clone Wars TV veteran Dave Filoni.
What to expect from season three
Spoilers for season two of The Mandalorian below
Season two of The Mandalorian had probably the most shocking guest appearance we've ever had in the show. The Jedi Master himself - a young Luke Skywalker - came aboard Moff Gideon's light cruiser and single-handedly destroyed all the Dark Troopers with complete ease.
Once he'd cleaned out the trash, he revealed that he had arrived by answering the call from Grogu (AKA The Child and/or Baby Yoda), and was here to train him in the ways of the Jedi. After a heart-breaking goodbye between Mando and Baby Yoda, Luke left with Grogu in tow.
This begs the obvious question - will we ever see Grogu again? We expect the cutest cast member will make a return, but not right right away. It's likely that most of the Jedi training will take place off-screen, namely because of how difficult and expensive it must be to animate a de-aged version of Mark Hamill.
If Grogu does return, we expect it will be halfway through the season - perhaps to save Mando from a sticky situation and reveal what he's learnt with his time with Luke.
Giancarlo Esposito revealed at GalaxyCon that Moff Gideon is in pursuit of Grogo for reasons that fans aren't yet aware of. He told a young fan that, "This child has magic powers, [is] 50 years old, and can see the future, and we want everyone to know, eventually on this show, that [Grogu] could save our universe."
It's therefore much more likely now that Grogo will be making a return, which will be a huge relief for many.
Then there's also the issue of the Darksaber. Moff Gideon revealed that Mando was rightful winner of the weapon after defeating him in combat. This came as a blow to Bo-Katan, as she needs the blade to reclaim the throne of Mandalore.
In order for her to win the Darksaber, she'd need to defeat Mando in combat - so we expect this issue to be explored in season three. As far as we know, Mando has no need nor want for the Darksaber - but could the absence of Grogu change his priorities?
Finally, we still have the Imperial forces to deal with. Gideon may be captured for now, but he's not dead yet. Stragglers of the Empire are still live within the galaxy, and this show looks to be setting up for how the First Order came to be. The cloning and experimentations with Grogu's blood seems to be hinting towards how Snoke was created - but it could be something else entirely.
Thanks to Ahsoka, we also know that Grand Admiral Thrawn is knocking about somewhere in the galaxy. Therefore if we see Rosario Dawson make another guest appearance, we're sure Thrawn will be brought up once again.