After its explosive season 2 finale, The Mandalorian set itself up for a titanic shift in the show’s tone. Now that Grogu is safely in the hands of Luke Skywalker, the adventures of Mando and Baby Yoda have (seemingly) come to an end. The obvious next step is to ask, “where do they go from here?”
Luckily for fans, Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau were hard at work setting up a new future for the show while providing a more than satisfying ending to the show’s primary journey. The season finale is full of clues to help us speculate, so without further ado, here are the top five things that fans have to look forward to for season 3 of The Mandalorian.
By far, the most significant development at the end of season 2 is the epic return of Luke Skywalker. After two seasons of trying to find a home for The Child, Mando (Pedro Pascal) managed to contact the most famous Jedi in the galaxy to take in and train Grogu in the ways of the force. Still, what gave us perhaps one of the coolest scenes in Star Wars history may have some implications that fans are not ready for.
Mark Hamill’s CGI de-aging was an incredibly cool moment for the series, but the odds of him returning as a full supporting character to train Grogu on-screen is… slim. Still, one of the finale’s most touching moments came when Din Djarin promised Grogu that he would see him again. Fans can expect this promise to be met, but odds are we won’t see much of Grogu until that reunion.
There is still a chance that Mark Hamill could return as a supporting character for season 3, but if the amount his face showed up on-screen in this one episode is any indication, it may be too expensive for even the most significant TV budget. Most people would argue that the return of young Luke Skywalker training Grogu would be well worth the expense. Only time will tell what Favreau and Filoni have in store for Grogu and his training, but if they manage to pull off a full return for Luke, they will solidify themselves as Star Wars royalty (more than they already have).
Possession of the Darksaber
It’s been over a year since the showstopping finale of season 1. In the final minutes of the episode, it was revealed that Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) was in possession of the Darksaber, an ancient weapon that belongs to the rightful ruler of Mandalore. The reveal of the Darksaber set up the massive crossover events of The Mandalorian season 2 with Dave Filoni’s animated Star Wars canon.
Mando’s triumph in battle with Moff Gideon now makes him the rightful owner of the sword, which throws a wrench into the plans of Bo-Kataan (Katee Sackhoff), who has made it her mission to retrieve the sword and restore Mandalore to its former glory as its ruler. Din Djarin did not know that the blade could not just be passed on to Bo-Kataan after he won it; it must be won in battle to maintain the power that the Darksaber represents.
Their conflict has the potential to be the new A-storyline for the future of The Mandalorian. Mando and Bo-Kataan could join forces to try and restore Mandalore with a common goal. Still, his possession of the Darksaber could drive a wedge between the two Mandalorians and cause a potentially villainous turn for Bo-Kataan, which would return her to her anti-hero roots.
Moff Gideon’s plan for Grogu
Since the first episode of the show, it’s been known that the Empire wants The Child for some reason. It became a little clearer as the show progressed, but very little is currently known about their grand plans for Grogu. It has been revealed that not only is Grogu force sensitive, but he is powerful with the force compared to most. Moff Gideon revealed that the Empire had taken everything they need from Grogu, which means it should be too long until we find out what they wanted to use his blood for.
To inject a little personal opinion into this, I subscribe to the theory that his blood will be used to create the incredibly powerful Sith Lord Supreme Leader Snoke. Including the rise of Snoke and the First Order in The Mandalorian is a perfect fit for the show because it’s a Star Wars tradition to use television to fill in the plot holes of the movies (that’s no shade to the sequel trilogy, that’s shade to all of the movies).
The Book of Boba Fett
After an episode full of shock and awe, the ultimate finale at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2 was the long-awaited confirmation of a Boba Fett spinoff show. The announcement came in the end-credit scene attached to the end of The Mandalorian season finale. The scene featured Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) and Boba Fett (Tamara Morrison) breaking into Jabba the Huts palace on Tatooine (last seen in Return of the Jedi). The duo takes out Bib Fortuna, Jabba’s old right-hand man, and assume Jabba’s old throne. The screen cuts to black and reveals “The Book of Boba Fett Coming December 2021.”
It seems that the plot of The Book of Boba Fett will take place soon after the events of season 2, meaning that season 3 has the potential to cross over and be affected by the events of the show. Both shows having December 2021 release dates point to increased connectivity of the two shows. Expect a time jump in season 3 to account for the events of The Book of Boba Fett.
Rangers of the New Republic and Ahsoka
The two original spinoffs that were announced at Disney’s Investor Day have been confirmed to link up to The Mandalorian as well. Unlike The Book of Boba Fett, these two shows seem to be further down the line. No word on the plot or the cast of Rangers of the New Republic, but Ahsoka will follow Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano presumably in her quest to find Grand Admiral Thrawn. Her quest to find Thrawn was teased in season 2 of The Mandalorian and has the potential to be developed even further in season 3.
The odds are that season 3 of The Mandalorian will have strong setups for one or both of these shows. Rumors that Cara Dune (Gina Carano) will be the lead of Rangers of the New Republic will surely be confirmed or denied by the events of season 3, as well as any additional plot details that may arise.
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