Carl Weathers has confirmed that filming has officially wrapped on the third season of The Mandalorian. Weathers will serve as both director and actor in the highly anticipated season of the Disney+ streaming series.
Due to COVID-19 production delays, The Mandalorian filming schedule had been pushed back from April 2021 and was confirmed to finally begin in September 2021. Keeping post-production in mind, the newest season of the wildly popular Star Wars series will most likely premiere on Disney+ around Christmas time (following closely behind another Star Wars series, Andor). As it almost always goes, details on the new season have been tightly under wraps, but at least we have a good idea of where Din Djarin (played by Pedro Pascal) will most likely start his journey.
The last we saw of Din Djarin was in the most recent installment of the Star Wars franchise—The Book of Boba Fett. The majority of the series followed Boba Fett and his journey from bounty hunter to Tusken Sand Raider prisoner, and finally leading him to take the throne as Mos Espa’s daimyo (boss).
The fifth chapter of The Book of Boba Fett—“Return of the Mandalorian”—briefly took us away from the Boba Fett (played by Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (played by Ming-Na Wen) and reunited us with The Mandalorian, Din Djarin.
In the final moments of The Mandalorian season 2, we saw Din Djarin rescuing Grogu (FKA “The Child”) from former Empire antagonist Moff Gideon (played by Giancarlo Esposito) with the help of Boba Fett, Fennec Shand, Cara Dune (played by Gina Carano—who has since been fired from the project), and fellow Mandalorians, Bo-Katan Kryze (played by Katie Sackhoff), and Koska Reeves (played by WWE wrestler Sasha Banks).
When we reunite with Din Djarin, we are brought straight into his struggle to wield the the Dark Saber—a legendary and unique black-blade lightsaber. His journey with the Dark Saber leads him to seek help from The Armorer (played by Emily Swallow). After engaging in combat with Pre Vizsla (descendant of the original owner of the Dark Saber and Mandalorian Jedi, Tarre Vizsla), we learn that the Dark Saber is a burden to Din Djarin rather than a blessing, as he is unable to properly wield it and utilize it to its baseline potential.
Following his humbling experience with The Armorer and Pre Vizsla, he is brought onto Boba Fett’s team as a hired hand in an effort to increase allyship in Mos Espa against the spice cartel known as the Pyke Syndicate. At the end of The Book of Boba Fett season one, after a Wild West-style shootout with the Pyke Syndicate, Din Djarin is reunited with Grogu after the supposed Padawan of Luke Skywalker (and Ahsoka, kind of) chose to lead a life of attachment with The Mandalorian and abandon his path to train as a Jedi.
There’s no doubt we will be following the story of the Mandalorian and Grogu, but there is a very good chance that we could start to learn more about the Mandalorian lore in the next season.
No official release date has been announced for The Mandalorian season 3, but if you’re itching for new Star Wars content, Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere on Disney+ on May 25.
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