The Mandalorian season 3 finally has a firm release date. As revealed at Brazil Comic-Con, the new installment will be hitting Disney Plus on March 1, 2023. That might seem like a long way off, but there's plenty of information out there about the continued adventures of Mando and Baby Yoda to tide you over while you wait. For one thing, you can watch the trailer below, which features everything from live-action Mandalore to more Babu Friks. We've also got the lowdown on the new footage that debuted behind closed doors at Brazil Comic-Con, too.
Plus, we've got a rundown of who's who in the cast, all that's out there about the plot, and even some exclusive quotes from Din Djarin himself, AKA Pedro Pascal. So, for the ultimate guide to the return of Mando and Grogu, look no further. This is the way to everything you need to know about The Mandalorian season 3.
The Mandalorian season 3 release date is March 2023
As confirmed at Brazil Comic-Con, The Mandalorian season 3 release date is Wednesday, March 1, 2023. That's a very slight delay from the earlier February 2023 release window from Star Wars Celebration.
The Mandalorian season 3 trailer is finally here
The Mandalorian season 3 trailer is finally here, after first debuting behind closed doors at Star Wars Celebration. In the footage, Mando and Baby Yoda are reunited once more – and there are plenty of cute moments between the duo – while we also get our first ever look at Mandalore in live-action. Din Djarin is in trouble with the Armorer for removing his helmet, while Bo-Katan has some harsh words for him. Plus, Babu Frik – or at least a member of his species – shows up. Another tiny sliver of footage was released at Star Wars Celebration, too.
Plus, at Brazil Comic-Con, even more footage was unveiled behind closed doors. Per Collider (opens in new tab), an extended version of the trailer was played, which showed Grogu using the Force to push someone out of a cave. The footage is also said to have included Coruscant, the city-planet from the prequels and Andor, as well as "monkey lizards," and Mandalorians working together. Plus, Bo-Katan confronts Mando about missing the Mandalorian war and tells him his future will be honorless.
A new picture of Baby Yoda and Mando was released at the panel, too, and it's suitably adorable:
The Mandalorian and Grogu return March 1 only on @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/TArlFDw9ETDecember 1, 2022
The Mandalorian season 3 cast
At this early stage, The Mandalorian season 3 cast is anything but set in carbonite. Pedro Pascal will return as Din Djarin and Grogu is back by his side. There were fears the ongoing filming on Pascal's other new show, The Last of Us TV series, would take precedence over The Mandalorian season 3 and delay filming, but we have since seen that production is underway.
Moff Gideon actor Giancarlo Esposito also revealed during an interview with EW (opens in new tab) that Gideon will likely have more of a presence in the third installment: "I have a feeling you'll see more of me next season. More than likely you're going to see a lot of Moff Gideon." How very ominous…
Carl Weathers is back as Greef Karga, and will also be directing again, as he confirmed at Steel City Con. After The Mandalorian season 2 ending. Katee Sackhoff is back as Bo-Katan, and is likely to have her sights set on the Darksaber with the weapon now in Din's hands. Rosario Dawson's Ahsoka could be back, though she also has an upcoming spin-off and her status remains unclear after her cameo in The Book of Boba Fett.
Back to the Future's Christopher Lloyd has also joined the line-up in a mystery role.
Meanwhile, Sasha Banks, AKA Mercedes Varnado, has confirmed that she will not be returning as Koska Reeves in season 3.
Another person who will definitely not be appearing in the series is Gina Carano's Cara Dune. The general consensus was that she would be one of the main characters in the Rangers of the New Republic spin-off. However, LucasFilm has cut all ties with Carano following her social media activity. She will therefore not be appearing in season 3 of The Mandalorian and the Rangers of the New Republic spin-off has reportedly been canceled.
But what about Migs Mayfeld, played by Bill Burr? Talking about season 3 with Screen Rant (opens in new tab), the actor said: "Oh, I hope so. Jon Favreau and Rick Famuyiwa, who wrote both of my episodes that I did – to be a small part of something that big that is that good that means so much to so many people. I'm obviously not allowed to say anything other than I just absolutely love being on that show and I hope it continues and if it doesn't, I've had a blast."
In terms of directors, Bryce Dallas Howard is back to helm an episode. She previously directed two episodes of The Mandalorian and the well-received 'Return of the Mandalorian' in The Book of Boba Fett.
Finally, Babu Frik (the furry little creature from The Rise of Skywalker) will appear in The Mandalorian season 3.
The Mandalorian season 3 story: What could happen next?
Dave Filoni has given us our first tease at what we can expect in The Mandalorian season 3: "There's a lot of new adventures coming up. I have to be careful, I can't really say anything specific, but I think the Force will be strong with this, let's just say that." While this doesn't give anything away, it does sound like classic Mando.
The Mandalorian season 3 could deal with a whole host of narrative threads, just waiting to be tied up.
Among them, as per the trailer footage, Mando and Bo-Katan's claim for the Darksaber appears to be top of the list. During Chapter 16, Din inadvertently claimed the Mandalore weapon as his own by defeating Moff Gideon in combat. This meant that Bo-Katan, who wanted to reclaim it from Gideon, would now have to beat Mando in combat. There seemed to be a plot hole stemming from The Clone Wars which saw Sabine Wren literally hand over the Darksaber to Bo-Katan without any issues, but The Book of Boba Fett cleared that up. Bo-Katan's reign of Mandalore ended with disaster, and the Armorer believes it's all down to Bo-Katan being gifted the Darksaber rather than winning it. It seems Din is keen on keeping the weapon, though, using it in pursuit of a bounty – and getting some training from the Armorer on how to use it.
The season 3 trailer also shows Din seemingly leading a group of Mandalorians, and Pascal teased his character's journey as a leader in conversation with Total Film. "If he is stepping into a leadership position, he's reluctant to do so," he said. "I don't think that there's anything more interesting than a character being forced into discovering what they're capable of, and who they are. That part has been really, really fun. Also, from my point of view, there's so many searchable ways to find the tonality of that. I just tried to achieve the subtleties of that kind of character development."
As for Bo-Katan's thoughts on losing the Darksaber, she was more tight-lipped, but did say: "Anytime you have a goal and you don't succeed, I think you re-evaluate." Intriguing...
Jon Favreau has also discussed Din's search for redemption after removing his helmet in season 2. "We established in The Book of Boba Fett that there was an opportunity for the Mandalorian to be redeemed, because he had transgressed against the Creed by removing his helmet," he told EW's Dagobah Dispatch podcast (opens in new tab). "And among his group of Mandalorians, that is something that's not permitted. Now, we know that there are other groups of Mandalorians where they have different sets of rules. In The Clone Wars, we saw with Dave [Filoni] and also with the character that I voiced that the Mandalorians are very different there, and so these different groups are coming together and we're going to figure out how they all – the nexus point for all of those communities, of course, is their home world from which they are exiled, which is Mandalore."
Favreau also teased at Brazil Comic-Con that the new season would be bigger in scope than the previous two installments – and will feature some surprises.
Another major plot point revolves around Grogu reuniting with Din. The Book of Boba Fett saw Baby Yoda caught at a crossroads between becoming a Jedi or staying with Papa Mando, though he chose the latter. It will be intriguing to see if the youngling has any second thoughts, or if Luke Skywalker will further factor into The Mandalorian.
It does seem that Grogu's powers will indeed continue to be a major part of The Mandalorian. Moff Gideon actor Giancarlo Esposito gave a hint as to why the villain wants to get hold of Baby Yoda so much: "I am going to get this child, and it's for a very different reason than many people think," he said at GalaxyCon. "This child has magic powers, 50 years old, and can see the future, and we want everyone to know, eventually on this show, that this child could save our universe." If that's the case, then it makes sense the Empire are still after the Child – and also makes it likely we'll be seeing the little green guy again.
Esposito also joked: "You're going to see me kill this baby. [Laughs] How about that? It's totally wrong, but you know what, I've got to hold out somewhere that I'm going to win." Here's hoping that doesn't come to pass...
The actor has also indicated his character will still be a formidable foe. "He is that uber villain who is all-powerful and who knows all about the technology and all these other things. So suffice to say, you will see Moff again… and soon," he told Metro.co.uk (opens in new tab).
While Gideon is no longer at large, he seemingly has one last plan left to play. Throughout the season, he has clearly been fed information from an unknown source, and it's something he explicitly brings up during the season 2 finale. It wouldn't be a surprise if the new season on Disney Plus explores that connection further. Could it be Thrawn? Or does the Empire have another major player we don't know about? The inclusion of a Star Destroyer looming large in the Mando trailer certainly suggests that Gideon has friends in high places.
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