The following contains spoilers for the finale of The Book of Boba Fett.
Please join me, on this fine day, in listening to this obnoxiously bass-boosted remix of The Mandalorian theme. Unplug your headphones. Blare it from your rooftop. Play it so many times that your cat wonders about you. Why, you ask? Because Mando and Grogu are back, baby.
Not only were the final episodes of The Book of Boba Fett heavy on the little green guy and his foster dad. At the 2022 Star Wars Celebration, Disney announced that The Mandalorian will officially debut in 2023. Not only that, but Disney reportedly showed footage from the upcoming season to the crowd at the event. According to Screen Rant, fans saw Grogu and Mando on Mandalore, with the Armorer telling them that redemption isn't in the cards. Plus, apparently there's a battle set between Bo-Katan and Mando, too. Excited yet?
When you're ready, here's everything we know about the future of The Mandalorian.
When Will The Mandalorian Season Three Be Released?
The good news is that there will be no shortage of Star Wars content going forward, with a number of spin-offs in the works, including Obi-Wan. The (slightly) bad news is that The Mandalorian Season Three will return later than we've seen in the past, with Disney withholding an official release date for the time being and instead just citing "2023." For now, you'll have to rewatch the back half of The Book of Boba Fett in perpetuity, if you need a Mando fix.
What Will The Mandalorian Season Three Be About?
Looks like Din Djarin has a new quest next season. The Book of Boba Fett Episode 5 picks up with Mando searching for the remaining Mandalorians. When he finds them, the Armorer teaches him how to use the Darksaber, while Paz Vizsla promptly battles him for it. Friends! What can you say. Mando wins the battle, but admits to the Armorer that he took his mask off during the Season Two finale. (Can't blame a man for wanting a sweet moment with his alien son.) The Armorer banishes him from the clan, saying his only chance at redemption is by visiting the mines of Mandalore—which don't exist anymore. Regardless, Mando seems set on doing something, visiting Sedaris's Peli Motto for a new ship. When Season Three picks up, Mando will certainly be looking to make good with the last of his people, likely by conducting a mission to visit his home planet.
OK. It's time. The little man who puts the star in Star Wars (sorry): Baby Yoda/Grogu. If you thought that Mando would let his damn son wither away in the hands of CGI Luke Skywalker forever, you were wrong. Mando takes a trip to check in on Grogu to, you know, see how his training is going. He even gets a little gift forged for the kid! Wrapped up in cloth with Yoda ears! Turns out that the present is some fresh new armor for Grogu. At the end of Episode Six, Luke Skywalker gives the little guy a choice, asking him if he wants to be a Mandalorian or a Jedi. Cut to The Book of Boba Fett's finale, where Grogu jets back to Tatooine, wearing his new Mandalorian digs. After what just might be the longest gunfight ever seen in Star Wars, we glimpse Mando and Grogu speeding through the galaxy as the episode ends. This probably means that Season Three will see the duo take on the Mandalore redemption quest, with Mando mastering the Darksaber, and his ball-loving buddy studying up on the ways of the Force, without a master.
All right. Let's move to some of the other characters in the Mandoverse, starting with a new addition. In March, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that none other than the legendary Christopher Lloyd will appear in the third season. "Character details for his role are being kept locked in the trunk of a DeLorean, but it has been described as guest-starring in nature," reads the THR story. This likely means that Lloyd will show up as the chief person of Mando's interest in a single episode in the third season.
What about our old friends? How about Moff Gideon? Also in Episode Six of The Book of Boba Fett, we learn that he's in custody, likely destined for prison or execution. You really think that he won't get away and go after Mando? In an interview between Variety and Giancarlo Esposito, who plays Gideon in the series, we got as close to a confirmation as to whether or not Gideon will return as we're going to get.
"I have to imagine you would. I can't speak for them, but I know I have desire. I think we need to see Moff to continue the story and to continue the pressure that - and the edge - that someone with the big brain that Moff has thinks about. So, I could almost guarantee it, but you know, there's never a guarantee, but you know... you'll see me, baby. Come on! I mean, the fact that I'm here tonight and in the position I am to be nominated for Moff Gideon. I just, I thank Jon Favreau and I thank Dave Filoni and thank Disney and Kathleen Kennedy for producing. This show, though, its' taken people by storm, because there's so much to love."
— Variety (@Variety) September 18, 2021
There's obviously some tension between Bo-Katan, who wants the Darksaber, and Mando, who won it off of Moff Gideon. We hear a little bit about Bo-Katan from the Armorer in The Book of Boba Fett, mostly just background info that tells us that she didn't win the Darksaber in battle, meaning therefore Mandalore was cursed. We'd imagine that the battle for the Darksaber will continue to be a major plot point going forward, and it sounds like the actress behind Bo-Katan, Katee Sackhoff, agrees.
“The way that Lucasfilm left me in Season 2, one of the roads that could be gone down—absolutely, you’d think—would be the unfinished business,” Sackhoff told Slashfilm. “But that is so far above my pay grade, and you just don’t know, right? As a fan of the show, I’m just excited to see what they come up with.”
Finally, even the actor-comedian who played the always played the sassing Mayfeld, Bill Burr, addressed whether or not he has a future in The Mandalorian's adventures. Here's what the man had to say to ScreenRant about his hope that he'll be back in the galaxy far, far away sooner rather than later.
"Oh, I hope so," Burr said. "Jon Favreau and Rick Famuyiwa, who wrote both of my episodes that I did—to be a small part of something that big that is that good that means so much to so many people. I'm obviously not allowed to say anything other than I just absolutely love being on that show and I hope it continues and if it doesn't, I've had a blast."
Anything could happen at this point, and that's what makes this such a fun, game-changing capsule series of episodes for our friend Mando. The Mandalorian, when it returns, will be an entirely different show.
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