The following contains spoilers for The Mandalorian Season Two finale. This is the way.
In the closing moments of The Mandalorian Season Two, Jon Favreau once again changed everything. Though it was largely disconnected from the main movies and the Skywalker Saga in its first two seasons, The Mandalorian did the impossible, bringing a young Luke Skywalker face-to-face with Baby Yoda and Mando.
With a heartbreaking goodbye, Luke takes lil' Grogu away from Daddy Mando to get trained in the Jedi ways. Giancarlo Esposito's Moff Gideon remains in Mando's custody. There's some tension between Mando and Bo-Katan over the Darksaber, which must be won in combat and makes its owner the leader of the Mandalorians. And Boba Fett, along with just about everyone else, is getting his own Star Wars spinoff. It's an entirely new future for The Mandalorian, so what's going to happen in Season Three?
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. The slightly bad news is that The Mandalorian Season Three will return later than we've seen in the past, with Disney confirming that the release date is Christmas 2021. That's all we know so far.
If you're interested in how it will align with The Book of Boba Fett, Jon Favreau confirmed on Good Morning America that Season Three will immediately follow that installment. That's some Mandalorian-adjacent news, but it also means that more Star Wars spin-offs are coming your way to quench the thirst.
Some #StarWars clarification: #TheBookOfBobaFett is coming next December. It will not run alongside season 3 of #TheMandalorian. As Favreau says here, Mando Season 3 will go start production after next year’s Boba Fett show. pic.twitter.com/8cKF15dw7g
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) December 21, 2020
What Will The Mandalorian Season Three Be About?
This is the fun part. Between Season One and Season Two, we knew that The Mandalorian would pick up with Mando trying to return Baby Yoda to his Baby Yoda people. However, with this ending, Mando's path is a lot less clear. Baby Yoda is off to train in the Jedi ways with Luke Skywalker. So what is Mando to do next, now that he's presumably completed the adventure he began when he touched fingers with the little guy in that Imperial base?
One would presume that somehow Baby Yoda and Mando will be reunited again, because what would The Mandalorian be without the only good father-son relationship in the whole goddamn Star Wars universe? I would also be stunned if The Mandalorian included a lot more of CGI young Luke Skywalker. In this brief cameo, the technology wasn't the best, and Disney can't have this turning into The Questionably CGI Young Luke Skywalker Series.
So how do Baby Yoda and Luke part ways? Does Luke screw up another pupil, sensing the dark side in Baby Yoda that we've seen and banishing him from his new Jedi Temple? Does Mando have to step in to stop Luke from killing his own pupil like he tries to do with Ben Solo? That would be insane. Could there be something of a time jump to Teen Yoda, who misses his adopted daddy and abandons Luke to go find Mando? Does Mando get into some shit and Teen Yoda sets off to save him this time? There are 19 years between The Mandalorian and the moment Luke's Jedi Temple gets destroyed by Ben Solo. Could there possibly be a 19-year time jump, and Mando must reunite with Baby Yoda who survives after Luke's exile?
That's only one part of the equation. When we leave our heroes, they're just hanging out on the deck of an Imperial destroyer with a high profile target in their custody. What the hell are they gonna do? Well, for one thing, we know there's more Moff Gideon ahead. 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 Moff Gideon. Even though there has to be a peaceful way to solve that problem, it likely wouldn't make for good storytelling. So, we'd imagine that will 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.”
Anything could happen at this point, and that's what makes this such a fun, game-changing finale. The Mandalorian, when it returns, will be an entirely different show.
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