On March 1st, probably the most popular "Star Wars" series "The Mandalorian" returns with the third season. The Mandalorian ex-bounty hunter Din Djarin, played by Pedro Pascal (47), and his little green protégé Grogu, also known as Baby Yoda, then experience new adventures in the galaxy far, far away on Disney.
Even if not much is known about the plot of season three in advance, the official plot description, various trailers and statements from those involved allow some conclusions to be drawn about what viewers and fans can expect in the new episodes of the "Star Wars" series.
Every "Star Wars" fan will certainly be able to remember the end of the second "The Mandalorian" season, when Grogu and his protector "Mando" first parted ways so that the powerful little creature could follow the paths of the Jedi can learn.
The spin-off series “The Book of Boba Fett”, which was released at the turn of the year 2021/2022, is important for understanding the third season of “The Mandalorian”. Because in the fifth episode of that streaming series, there is a reunion with the Mandalorian Din Djarin before Grogu appears prominently again in episode six. After these events, the two "The Mandalorian" protagonists are reunited and, equipped with a new spaceship, make the "Star Wars" galaxy unsafe.
The Mandalorian season 3 official storyline states: "The Mandalorian meets old allies and makes new enemies as he and Grogu continue their journey together."
However, the trailers for the new episodes and the events from "The Book of Boba Fett" reveal a lot more about the upcoming plot. So the main character of the series will visit the planet Mandalore. The homeworld of the Mandalorians was destroyed by the Empire in what is known as the Night of a Thousand Tears.
Since "Mando" removed his helmet in front of others in the emotional finale of Season 2 when he said goodbye to Baby Yoda and placed it in the hands of a certain Jedi, he has broken the code of his Mandalorian clan. The armorer/blacksmith (Emily Swallow, 43) therefore explained to him in "The Book of Boba Fett" that he was no longer a Mandalorian.
"According to the Code, one can only wash oneself clean in the living waters below the mines of Mandalore," opens the spin-off series' mysterious character Din Djarin. That's why "Mando" will visit the planet Mandalore in the new episodes - and "Star Wars" fans will get their first in-depth look at the fabled world in a live-action production.
Another plot line of the third "The Mandalorian" season is likely to revolve around the legendary dark sword, which the main character of the series took from the villain Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito, 64) in the finale of season two.
The Mandalorian Bo-Katan Kryze, played by Katee Sackhoff (42), wants to possess the weapon that once belonged to her. Whoever wields the special lightsaber is considered the legitimate ruler of the planet Mandalore.
At the same time, Bo-Katan belongs to "a very different culture in which the Mandalorians take off their helmets," as series creator Jon Favreau (56) explained to the news agency spot on news in an interview. "Din Djarin maintains a much more dogmatic, old-fashioned style. Bo-Katan, on the other hand, comes from a more modern, secular tradition, and the two different styles don't really seem to understand each other".
According to the co-showrunner and lead writers, season three will now show "what happens when a large crowd [Mandalorians] get together."
Last but not least, actor Giancarlo Esposito has announced that viewers will see more of his villain character Moff Gideon in the new episodes. So the villain captured in the season two finale may escape and reappear as a dangerous foe.
In addition to those already mentioned, a number of other actors have been confirmed for the new episodes of the "Star Wars" series. Carl Weathers (75) as Greef Karga and Amy Sedaris (61) as Peli Motto will be there again. "Back to the Future" star Christopher Lloyd (84), who played Doc Brown in the legendary trilogy, will also be seen in an as yet unknown role, as "The Hollywood Reporter" has learned.
Other potential returnees such as Rosario Dawson (plays Ahsoka Tano), Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett), Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand), Timothy Olyphant (Cobb Vanth) or Bill Burr (Migs Mayfeld, ZZ) have not yet been officially confirmed.
Spectators will certainly no longer see Gina Carano (40), who played Cara Dune. Because the actress was fired after controversial social media statements from Lucasfilm and Disney.
Following the launch of the first episode of season three on March 1st, new episodes of The Mandalorian will be released weekly on Disney. Since season three again consists of eight episodes, the season finale can be expected on April 19 this year.