The Mandalorian, the live-action Star Wars series that introduced, brought back and saw the return of , is getting a third season and on . It's also been , and a behind-the-scenes special will reveal the secrets of the season 2 finale on Aug. 25.
Let's take a look at where Mando's adventures, which take place a few years after Return of the Jedi, are likely to go next. We'll be diving into full SPOILER territory for the first two seasons, so be warned if you aren't up to date.
What we know about season 3
The second season ended with a Jon Favreau, the show's creator, soon clarified that it was a spinoff (more on that below) -- Mando's adventures will continue in the third season.teasing , which hits Disney Plus in December 2021. It was initially unclear if this was season 3, with the focus shifting to the bounty hunter, or a spinoff.
We don't have a release date for the next season yet, but The Book of Boba Fett reportedly began in November and Favreau noted that production on season 3 of The Mandalorian will start after the spinoff is done. It'll probably come out in 2022.
Since season 2 seemed to wrap up the Baby Yoda plot line, with Luke Skywalkerfor Jedi training, you might wonder where the show can go next. Mando's mission -- reuniting the little guy with his own kind -- is done, so his priorities will shift.
During season 2, Mando (real name Din Djarin) also ran into another group of Mandalorians, led by Bo-Katan Kryze. She was on a mission to retake their home world Mandalore and get(a Mandalorian symbol of leadership) back from Imperial Moff Gideon. In the season finale, Mando took possession of the Darksaber and inadvertently became the leader of the Mandalorians -- it seems likely that he'll join Bo-Katan's mission in season 3.
We also found out that Mando isn't a typical Mandalorian. Bo-Katan revealed that he's a Child of the Watch, a "cult of religious zealots that broke away from Mandalorian society." That's why he isn't supposed to remove his helmet and reveal his face to anyone, but he's gradually become more open toduring the first two seasons. We haven't seen other members of his clan since season 1, but he'll probably have some questions next time their paths cross.
Disney also announced three of its -- The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic -- that'll set around the same point in the timeline as The Mandalorian, so plot threads from the those could feed into season 3 (or some future season).
What's the deal with Boba Fett?
The closing shot of season 2's first episode revealed a mysterious man (Temuera Morrison) watching Mando from afar. He appears to be wearing Tusken Raider gear, and then he turns around, revealing the face of Boba Fett -- the bounty hunter who fell into the Sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi.
The Mandalorian armor that Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) was wearing in the episode was Boba's, and he tracked Mando until he could reclaim it in the season's .
After helping Mando rescue Grogu from the Imperial Remnant in the, a revealed Boba's next move -- seizing power in Tatooine's criminal underworld. He's getting his own Disney Plus spinoff show, , next December.
Morrison played bounty hunter Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones and also portrayed the clone troopers in that movie and Revenge of the Sith. Jango was recruited by Count Dooku to serve as the genetic template for the clone army used by the Galactic Republic, as part of Darth Sidious' convoluted plot to wipe out the Jedi. Part of Jango's payment was an unaltered clone that he could raise as his son -- Boba -- but the elder Fett was killed during the Battle of Geonosis.
The younger Fett was played by Daniel Logan in Attack of the Clones and CGI animated series, but The Mandalorian takes place decades later, and a grown-up Boba would look identical to Jango.
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However, Boba isn't the only person with Jango's face. Even though clone troopers were designed to age at an accelerated speed, some could still be alive. The Rebels series finale revealed thatfought in Return of the Jedi's Battle of Endor (a few years prior to the events of The Mandalorian), while Commander Wolffe survived until at least the end of Rebels (which took place years before A New Hope).
We saw a mysterious person approach assassin Fennec Shand's body on Tatooine in the final moments of the spur sound effect, and the sixth episode of season 2 revealed that it was indeed Boba. He saved her life, and she teamed up with him to repay the favor -- she'll also join him in The Book of Boba Fett spinoff series.of season 1, with Fett's trademark
Fans of the Legends material (developed in) will recall that Boba escaped the sarlacc in that continuity and went on to become the leader of Mandalore in a very different (and noncanon) post-Return of the Jedi galaxy.
Her spinoff series,, is coming to Disney Plus and will probably see her hunting for Grand Admiral Thrawn. The Imperial villain was last seen in the finale of animated series Rebels, which is set years before The Mandalorian, but we don't know why Ahsoka is after him. This show's release date is unclear -- it'll likely be 2022, since The Book of Boba Fett is coming in December 2021.
There's also, an original series set within the timeline of The Mandalorian. We don't have many details on it, but fans speculated initially that it'd feature Marshal Cara Dune. In February, Lucasfilm said Gina Carano, who played Cara in the first two seasons, will be in The Mandalorian or future Star Wars projects -- it's currently unclear if the character will be recast. This one doesn't have a release date either.
Upcoming animated seriesisn't explicitly tied to The Mandalorian since it's set decades earlier in the timeline, between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, but it could reveal how the Mandalorians were kicked off Mandalore.
What about Baby Yoda?
This little guy captured everyone's heart the moment he appeared in. We also learned that he was 50 years old and could use the Force, but we were well into season 2 before we learned anything else about him.
In that season's Revenge of the Sith, and in the decades since, he's suppressed his powers to stay off the bad guys' radar., Ahsoka Tano communicated with him using the Force and discovered that his real name is Grogu. He was raised in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, before being hidden when the Empire the Jedi in
The Imperial Remnant apparently wanted him so it can use his blood to create Force-strong beings. But it's unclear if this is for Moff Gideon's own ends, or if Gideon is knowingly working for the reborn Palpatine or unknowingly doing the hidden Emperor's bidding.
He went with Luke Skywalker to be trained in the ways of the Force in the, but you just know he'll be reunited with Mando at some point.
Oh, and the most detailed version of the puppet apparently cost.
What happened in seasons 1 and 2?
You're in luck! I wrote detailed recaps of each episode that you can use to catch up:
: The Mandalorian
: The Child
: The Sin
: The Gunslinger
: The Prisoner
: The Reckoning
: The Marshal
: The Passenger
: The Heiress
: The Siege
: The Jedi
: The Tragedy
: The Believer
: The Rescue
Is there a bounty of Mandalorian merch?
Merchandise hunting is a complicated hobby, but you know you want it. Since the show's debut November 2021, a mountain of toys and other collectibles have been released. Highlights include Hasbro's six-inchand .
There was a steady stream for season 2 as well, like Lego's huge , Polaroid's and Hasbro's . Lucasfilm revealed new collectibles each Monday during season 2's run -- a merchandising push known as "Mando Mondays."
The coolest item revealed was probably the, which has a removable blade, a metallic hilt, makes excellent sound effects and comes with a lovely stand. It'll set you back $250 and ships next August.
Is there any tie-in literature?
A bunch of books were revealed on the official Star Wars site in June 2020. However, Adam Christopher's tie-in novel and Pablo Hidalgo's Ultimate Visual Guide were canceled on March 9, reportedly for scheduling reasons. Christopher will write a different novel instead, according to publisher Del Rey.
If you're into the show's aesthetic, Phil Szostak'sSeason One is available now.
What's the deal with the documentary?
is an eight-episode Disney Plus making-of series that includes interviews with The Mandalorian's cast and crew, new footage from the show's production and round-table conversations hosted by Favreau. Here's what they cover:
The titles are pretty self-explanatory, aside from the second one. It looks at George Lucas' continuing impact on Star Wars and features a pretty amazing monologue from director Dave Filoni, who worked directly with Lucas on The Clone Wars. He'll make you think about The Phantom Menace in a whole new way.
The second season didn't take the episodic approach for its behind-the-scenes feature -- it was all stuffed into a. Another one will drop Aug. 25, so we'll see exactly how they pulled off that incredible young Luke Skywalker cameo.
What's a Mandalorian?
Mandalorians are humans from the Outer Rim world of Mandalore, its moon Concordia and the planet Kalevala, whose story was largely told in The Clone Wars and Rebels.
Their world went through major political upheaval during the Clone Wars and early days of the Galactic Empire's rule, but many of the clans united under the rule of Bo-Katan Kryze after she took control of the. The black-bladed weapon was created more than 1,000 years earlier by Tarre Vizsla (the first Mandalorian to join the Jedi Order) and became a symbol of leadership.
Who's in the show?
Pedro Pascal (best known for playing Game of Thrones) is the bounty hunter behind the helmet: He's a lone Mandalorian gunfighter operating in the outer reaches of the galaxy.in
He's joined by a star-studded cast, though a couple of these characters didn't survive:
- Gina Carano as ex-Rebel Alliance shock trooper Cara Dune
- Carl Weathers as bounty hunter boss Greef Carga
- Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon
- Omid Abtahi as Dr. Pershing
- Emily Swallow as the Mandalorian Armorer
- Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze
- as Koska Reeves
- Simon Kassianides as Axe Woves
- Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano
- Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett
- Ming-Na Wen as assassin Fennec Shand
- Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Captain Carson Teva
- Bill Burr as sharpshooter Mayfield
- Natalia Tena as mercenary Xi'an
- Clancy Brown as mercenary Burg
- Julia Jones as villager Omera
- Amy Sedaris as mechanic Peli Motto
- Timothy Olyphant as marshall Cobb Vanth
- Diana Lee Inosanto as magistrate Morgan Elsbeth
- Nick Nolte as mechanic Kuiil (dead)
- Taika Waititi as assassin droid IG-11 (destroyed)
- Werner Herzog as the Imperial Client (dead)
- Richard Ayoade as droid Zero (destroyed)
- Ismael Cruz Cordova as criminal Qin (presumed dead)
- Mark Boone Jr. as Ranzar Malk (presumed dead)
- Jake Cannavale as rookie bounty hunter Toro Calican (dead)
- Michael Biehn as mercenary Lang (dead)
Who else is involved?
Directors for the first and second seasons include:
The Mandalorian is among the first projects for ILM TV, a division of Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic visual effects company. The show's soundtrack is , who scored , and Creed II. Göransson's Black Panther score won him and in 2019.