The Mandalorian season 3 is officially on the way and will release in late 2021, on par with the first two seasons of the hit Star Wars series. Easily one of the biggest shows out right now, The Mandalorian continues to dominate pop culture with every episode it releases, and even in between seasons – though it’s not only about Grogu anymore. With Boba Fett, Ahsoka Tano, and Bo-Katan Kryze showing up in season 2, The Mandalorian is now bigger than ever.
While The Mandalorian season 1 was more about setup and laying the foundation for a bigger story, season 2 dove deep into Star Wars lore, taking viewers on a journey through a variety of sand, snow, water, and forest planets. One of those happened to be the Jedi homeworld from Star Wars Legends, while another was a classic planet that’s appeared in most – if not all – major Star Wars properties so far. But beyond that, season 2 expanded on season 1’s story in numerous ways, which has now led to two spinoffs.
Rosario Dawson is getting her own spinoff show as Ahsoka Tano, with Lucasfilm also developing a Rangers of the New Republic show, presumably following X-wing pilots like Carson Teva in the Outer Rim. Both TV shows will take place in the same time period as The Mandalorian and intersect with its story, which means big things for Din Djarin, Star Wars, and The Mandalorian season 3.
The Mandalorian season 3 is confirmed to premiere on Christmas in 2021. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced the premiere date during Disney’s 2020 Investor Day. While it’s unfortunate The Mandalorian season 3 won’t premiere in late October/early November, presumably due to delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic, season 3 will still begin before 2021 is over. And while Kennedy only said Christmas 2021 as the release date, it’s unlikely the premiere will be on Christmas day itself, since that falls on a Saturday. Instead, The Mandalorian season 3 will presumably premiere on Christmas Eve.
The Mandalorian season 2 finale ends with Luke Skywalker taking Grogu to train as part of his new Jedi Order, which, sadly, was destroyed years before Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For now, it seems Grogu’s story in The Mandalorian is over, but Din Djarin’s is still just beginning. Now that his quest is over, he’s vowed to see another one through: reclaiming Mandalore. Earlier in the episode, Din promised to help Bo-Katan and her Nite Owls retake their homeworld if they helped him get the Child back, which they technically did, and now he has that cause to fulfill.
However, there’s a kink in that plan. Bo-Katan didn’t reclaim the Darksaber – since Mando defeated Moff Gideon in combat, the Darksaber is rightfully his. And so, he’s now the rightful ruler of Mandalore. How that story plays out, and if he becomes Bo-Katan’s enemy, will be interesting to see in The Mandalorian season 3.
The Mandalorian season 3 will, of course, bring back Pedro Pascal as Din Djarin aka Mando, but it seems without the puppet Grogu. But beyond them, Giancarlo Esposito has already confirmed that Moff Gideon will return in season 3 and even play a large role. It stands to reason Gina Carano and Carl Weathers will reprise their roles as Cara Dune and Greef Karga, respectively, but neither of them have been confirmed to return as of yet.
As for everyone else, Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shand are on their own path with The Book of Boba Fett, a new series coming in December 2021 in which Boba and Fennec seemingly take over Jabba the Hutt’s palace on Tatooine. Furthermore, it’s highly unlikely Luke Skywalker will return in any form since he’s taken Grogu to train in his new Jedi Order.
There’s no word on Timothy Olyphant appearing again as Cobb Vanth again, but considering how he and Mando departed, his role in this story may not be over. Ahsoka, however, likely won’t appear in The Mandalorian season 3 since she has her own spinoff series on the way, but that doesn’t mean she won’t come back in the future. Lucasfilm is building to a climactic story event, after all.
The Mandalorian season 2’s post-credits scene teased The Book of Boba Fett, a previously unannounced spinoff to the show. Although Lucasfilm hasn’t officially confirmed the nature of the show yet, this is not season 3 of the parent show. A Boba Fett series was previously reported to be filming before season 3, and the December 2021 release date would line up with that.