The Mandalorian Returns in March for a long-awaited third season. we had Brief teaser last fall during Disney’s annual D23 Expo, but the Mouse House showed off the full trailer last night the Halftime show of the NFL Super Wild Card game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
(Spoilers for the first two seasons and Boba Fett book below.)
Series Happen or occur A few years after the fall of the Empire and before the rise of the First Order. In Season 1, Pedro Pascal’s lone bounty hunter was tasked with delivering Grogu (aka Baby Yoda) to a shady client who wanted to experiment on the baby. Mando ends up saving Grogu instead, and the two form a strong bond. In Season 2, the Mandalorian reluctantly worked to reunite Grogu with his kind – or at least with the Jedi so the young man could become stronger in the Force. Mark Hamill made a surprise cameo as the (who no longer digitally ages) Luke Skywalker in the Season 2 finale, taking Grogu with him to complete his Jedi training. There was no drought in the house as Grogu and the Mandalorian bid their farewells.
Fortunately, the two were not separated for long. The couple reunited in the finale Boba Fett book. Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) sends Grogu a gift of chain mail after warning Mando/Din Djarin that his presence will be a distraction from Grogu’s Jedi training. Locke – sensing the youth’s loyalty split – tells Grogu to choose between chain mail and Yoda’s ancient light sword, that is, between his love of the Mandalorians and his Jedi training. Grogu chose the chain mail and arrived on Tatooine in the middle of the battle, happily jumping into his friend’s arms with a squeal. He even played his part in strength in battle, including pacifying a savage grudge.
According to the official S3 hypothesis:
The Mandalorian Journeys via star Wars Galaxy continues. Once a lone bounty hunter, Din Jaren had 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.
All of our favorite series regulars return for Season 3: Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze, Carl Weathers as Greef Karga, Amy Sedaris as Peli Motto, Emily Swallow as The Armorer, and Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon. Christopher Lloyd and Tim Meadows will join the cast this season, along with a rumored appearance by Babu Frick, who appears in 2019. Celestial Rise. Showrunner Jon Favreau penned all eight episodes.
The trailer gives us plenty of shots of Grogu and his father in space as Din Djarin dispenses a little wisdom and muses on what he’s been missing in the voiceover. “Our people are scattered like stars in a galaxy,” he says, an allusion to the “Night of a Thousand Tears” in Star Wars lore, in which the people of the Mandalorians are massacred by the Empire. “What are we? What are we left with?”
His quest this season clearly involves returning to Mandalore in hopes of being forgiven and welcomed back into the fold. In Season 2, Dean breaks his Mandalorian cult’s protocol by removing his helmet twice: once to save Grogu and again to bid farewell to the power user of the Wonderful Green Child. That didn’t sit well with his people, particularly the gunsmith. Bo-Katan covets the Darksaber that Dean won by defeating Moff Gideon in battle, technically making him the ruler of Mandalore – but is he really cut off from the government?
There is a lot of action, of course. We see a group of lightsaber-wielding Jedi, which suggests we’ll get flashbacks at some point to the infamous Order 66. There’s a brief glimpse of Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi) – perhaps on Coruscant? Grogu shows off his increasing strength with the Force, and this sure looks like a Kowakian monkey laughing obnoxiously in a tree.
The MandalorianDisney+ Season 3 premieres March 1, 2023. Two more interconnected series are scheduled for later this year: Ahsoka And The ship’s crew.
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