When The Mandalorian debuted at the end of 2019, it completely changed how audiences saw Star Wars. Paving the way for Original content on The Walt Disney Company’s new streaming service, Disney+, Lucasfilm’s newest Star Wars outing (at the time) showed that the live-action universe is more than the Skywalker family.
Pedro Pascal’s Din Djarin, the titular Mandalorian, quickly became a popular fan-favorite character, as did most of The Mandalorian‘s cast, namely The Child AKA “Baby Yoda”. With the second season now wrapped and some stories left open-ended, one of the show’s actors has weighed in on where The Mandalorian Season 3 may take us.
With a slate of cool characters, Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian tapped into an otherwise neglected part of the Star Wars universe. George Lucas’s and Dave Filoni’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars offered an insight into the events between the prequel trilogy movies, as the Galactic Empire gained a significant foothold in the galaxy.
This widening of the Star Wars timeline gave a detailed look into the expanded universe prior to Luke Skywalker’s arrival into the franchise. The sequel trilogy began in 2015 with Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, and fans were introduced to new heroes like Daisy Ridley’s Rey, and villains like Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. The sequels also reunited the original trilogy favorites — Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher).
Until The Mandalorian came along, Star Wars fans didn’t have much information regarding the time in between Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) and The Force Awakens. Set five years post-ROTJ, Favreau’s bounty hunter series told the story of Din Djarin’s quest to deliver The Child — later discovered to be called Grogu by Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) — to any of the galaxy’s remaining Jedi.
While Season 1 largely introduced us to new characters like Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), and Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), The Mandalorian Season 2 brought back some old names.
Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) showed up in Robert Rodriguez’s action-packed “Chapter 14: The Tragedy” — we also now know that Rodriguez is signed on to be the showrunner of The Book of Boba Fett — with Jedi Knight Ahsoka Tano, and Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) also making Season 2 appearances following their animated series run. Then there was that shocking Luke Skywalker cameo in The Mandalorian Season 2 finale that many fans are perhaps still reeling from.
With such a dramatic story so far, it is a wonder where and how showrunner Jon Favreau will take the upcoming Season 3. We know from the leading man himself that Season 3 is yet to start filming but the cogs at Lucasfilm will most likely already be turning. However, thanks to one of The Mandalorian‘s cast members, fans now have a nugget of information regarding the new series.
Speaking to the Star Wars Sessions podcast, actor Brendan Wayne — who is the stunt double for Pascal’s Din Djarin — gave an insight into what he knows so far.
“I think we’ve introduced the world in which Mando exists now. Not that there aren’t going to be new things, I’m sure… I think there will be a lot less introductions, and a lot more going back towards the first season of delving deeper into the character and things like that I think.”
While this seems to just be speculation on Wayne’s part, the idea that Favreau will “[delve] deeper into the character” seemingly lines up with the events of the Season 2 finale. Yes, the story of Grogu was wrapped up but Din Djarin’s win over Moff Gideon and subsequent acquisition of the famous Darksaber is likely to play a huge part in the upcoming season. The Darksaber, after all, is inherently linked to the history of Mandalore.
Wayne went on to add:
“Have I read one script? No. Have I heard some things? Sure. So I’m guessing. But I can tell you this. If anyone’s going to be able to continue telling a story, it’s Jon [Favreau]. And raising the stakes? It’s Jon.”
It appears that Favreau can do no wrong over at Lucasfilm. The Mandalorian is a commercial and critical success, and many are even speculating that Favreau’s — and Dave Filoni’s — successes may signal Lucasfilm beginning to move away from Kathleen Kennedy’s brand of Star Wars.
While it may be a little while off until Star Wars reveals what’s next in Din Djarin’s story, fans can get their fill of the bounty hunter action in the upcoming The Book of Boba Fett which debuts this December. The series sees Morrison’s titular bounty hunter team up with Wen’s Fennec Shand, but apart from that, little is known over the direction the new Disney+ series will take. Both The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett join Ahsoka in a potential Star Wars timeline event.
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