We put on our best beskar and hop into Din Djarin’s N-1 Fighter before The Mandalorian returns to Disney+ with Season 3.
Pedro Pascal returns as the titular Mando in the blockbuster Star Wars franchise as his journey through the Outer Rim continues with Grog, Baby, Baby Yoda or whatever you want to call him.
Jon Favreau returns as showrunner and is once again joined by Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa and series star Carl Weathers as director. After Season 2’s dramatic clash with Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and a stunning cameo from a rejuvenated Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, there’s a lot of catching up to do ahead of Season 3.
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In preparation for The Mandalorian season 3, here’s what you might have missed in season 2 and a walkthrough to The Book of Boba Fett.
What happened in The Mandalorian season 2 finale?
Airing in December 2020, The Mandalorian season 2 finale was aptly titled “The Rescue” and featured Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) snatching Grogu from Moff Gideon’s clutches. While it’s unclear what Moff wants from Grog, it has something to do with the Force-sensitive child’s powers and the work of Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi).
This was one of Mando’s favorites as Djarin recruited Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), Kosha Reeves (Mercedes Varnado) and Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) to take on Gideon. Bo-Katan agreed to help, but only if she could retrieve the mythical Dark Sword from the wicked Moff. In the complex world of Star Wars, anyone who wields a Darksaber should be the one to lead Mandalore.
Rebuilding the Mandalorian homeworld can be a bit tricky these days as it was largely destroyed during the “Great Purge”. Gideon participated in the mass genocide of the Mandalorian race, and after he took the Dark Sword of Bo-Katan, her group and other factions managed to escape.
In the Season 2 finale, The Mandalorian Djarin accidentally defeated Gideon in combat and took the Darksaber. While he tried to pass it on to Bo-Katan because he didn’t want the power that comes with it, it’s not that simple.
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During an argument over the Dark Sword, Gideon’s Dark Soldiers tried to force their way across the bridge, but were stopped by a hooded figure who landed in an X-Wing. This mysterious Jedi has been revealed as Luke Skywalker, who agrees to take Grog under his wing and train a Jedi protégé.
Away from Josh Trank’s Boba Fett solo movie that never happened, The Mandalorian Season 2 also put The Book of Boba Fett in a post-credits scene. Here, Fett and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) attacked the old palace of Jabba the Hutt, killed the current ruler Bib Fortuna and claimed it for themselves.
What Happened in The Book of Boba Fett?
Described more as The Mandalorian Season 2.5, The Book of Boba Fett picked up as Djarin missed his little traveling companion and hunted down the Mandalorian secret. After locating Armsmith (Emily Swallow) and Paz Vizsla (Tait Fletcher), the latter challenged Djarin to a duel, citing his ancestral claim to Mandalore.
Despite Mando’s win, he revealed to the armorer how willingly he took off his helmet. She solemnly said that until he bathed in the living waters beneath the mines of Mandalore, he could not be considered a Mandalorian. The armorsmith also reforged a piece of his beskar spear to create a beskar chain mail for Grog.
Fennec Shand asked Djarin to help defend Mos Espa from the Pyke Syndicate, and while he agreed to do it for free, it was only if they paid a visit to “little friend” first.
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Djarin found Grogu in the care of Luke Skywalker, but when Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) warned that meeting the Child would disrupt his Jedi training, the emotional Mando transferred his gift and immediately left. Despite this, Ahsoka said that Grogu misses him a lot.
Grogu was left with Sophie’s choice to take Master Yoda’s old lightsaber and follow the path of the Force or beskar chainmail to return to his life with our Mando. During the final showdown with the Pykes, Grogu rejoined Djarin and used his newfound Force abilities to subdue the furious resentment.
With the Mandalorian happy to have his ward back by his side, the pair jumped into the N-1 fighter and jumped into light speed for Season 3.
What’s going on in The Mandalorian season three?
The trailers showed us who’s who among the returning favorites of The Mandalorian Season 3. In addition to Greef Kargi (Carl Weather) enjoying his new position of power, there’s more Amy Sedaris comedy, Peli Motto.
Importantly, there’s Dr. Pershing’s blink-and-miss scene. We left Pershing in the custody of the New Republic, but here we return to Coruscant for the first time since the prequel trilogy.
Though the Mandalorian numbers are threatened with Jedi-like execution, their forces are scattered across the galaxy. Another potential mystery that we’ll see answered in Season 3 is who is behind the Armored Man.
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Although she is portrayed by Swallow, there is a significant theory that Armorer is actually Darth Maul’s second-in-command of Darth Maul’s Shadow Collective, Rook Cast.
After this big season 2 performance, could we see more of Luke Skywalker or what about Rosario Dawson to set up his upcoming turn as Ahsoka’s lead?
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As for the villains, we know Esposito is returning as Gideon. Djarin guessed that he would be executed by the New Republic, but the Armorer doubted he would. With this high-ranking member of the Empire looking to retrieve the Darksaber and now on a quest for revenge, we’re guessing a prison break might be on the cards.
Speaking of Darksaber, fans believe Bo-Katan will take on a more antagonistic role. Somber shots of her atop her throne suggest she believes she is the rightful heir to Mandalore. However, if she wants the Darksaber, she will have to defeat Djarin in combat. The Mandalorians have never been very good at stopping civil wars, and just as Bo-Katan has seceded from the general population, her forces may face off against Team Mando to claim the ruins of Mandalore for themselves.
For the first time in Star Wars Live, we’ll head to the homeland of the Mandalorians, but from what we’ve seen, there’s not much left worth fighting for. When he does not try to wash away his sins in the living waters, Djarin is warned, “There is something dangerous out there.”
With Season 2 featuring Pershing at a cloning facility and a potential connection to The Last Jedi’s Supreme Leader Snoke, we may have gotten our first clue as to why “Somehow Palpatine has returned.”
There’s one final mystery that’s being teased in Season 3, and with teasers confirming another flashback to Order 66 at the Jedi Temple, we may finally find out who saved Grog from the Emperor’s near-extinction of the Jedi.
Whether it’s Christopher Lloyd’s mysterious newcomer playing Grog’s savior or Samuel L. Jackson finally getting his wish to bring back Mace Windu, The Mandalorian season three looks set to continue the show’s legacy as Disney+’s most watched series.
The distant galaxy is expanding faster than the clone army, and upcoming shows including Ahsoka and The Skeleton Crew take place in the same time frame, Tatooine’s twin suns are yet to set in this era of the series.
The Mandalorian Season 3 will premiere on Disney+ on March 1.