The Mandalorian Season 3 will see the titular bounty hunter and Grogu embark on a whole new adventure in a galaxy far, far away. But like many other Star Wars television shows, will Disney and Lucasfilm use The Mandalorian to fill in "gaps" in the sequel trilogy? Is this where the series is heading? Is this the way?
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When you look at all the other Star Wars television shows, whether animated or live action, there's no denying that they're often used to fill in the cracks of certain Star Wars films or trilogies.
Take Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), for example - no other show from the faraway galaxy enrichens its silver-screen counterpart like this show, filling in the three-year gap between the last two films in the prequel trilogy, while also expanding on characters and a number of storylines.
And then there's Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022), a series that bridges the gap between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy where Obi-Wan and Darth Vader are concerned. Lastly, there's Andor (2022), which serves as a prequel to both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and the original trilogy.
Check out the teaser for The Mandalorian Season 3 below:
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And The Mandalorian (2019) seems to be no exception, picking up some five years after the fall of the Galactic Empire as seen at the end of the original trilogy. While the first season takes huge strides to be its own beast, the second season proved that it has no intention of breaking new ground.
Another pattern you might have noticed with some of the Star Wars shows is the fact that they don't orbit the timeline of the sequel trilogy - which remains widely hated among fans. With the exception of Star Wars: Resistance (2018), the shows have avoided the sequels like a plague.
However, the further we move along The Mandalorian timeline, and eventually the likes of Ahsoka (2023) which will be arriving on Disney+ later this year, the closer we will get to those films whether we like it or not. Not only that, but Disney and Lucasfilm can't ignore the sequel timeline forever.
Check out the brand-new official trailer for The Mandalorian Season 3 below:
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Since The Mandalorian debuted on Disney+ back in 2019, many fans have theorized that the show will eventually lead into the sequels, which is something producer Jon Favreau has also previously hinted at. This would, however, involve a pretty major time-jump.
But there are many ways this can be done, whether it's an actual time-jump, picking up decades later to find Din Djarin much older, and Grogu probably only in his teenage years, or even through time-travel itself, a concept fans expect will be revisited in Ahsoka through the "World Between Worlds" storyline previously introduced in Star Wars: Rebels (2014).
Or maybe Din Djarin can simply be frozen in carbonite - something he previously did whenever collecting a bounty that wouldn't stay still. Either way, The Mandalorian isn't going anywhere in a hurry, and who knows what future seasons might hold for the gun-slinging warrior.
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The biggest clue, perhaps, might lie with Grogu. One of the biggest questions the show seems to be forcing us to ask is what lies ahead for the youngling, something that was also foreshadowed in The Book of Boba Fett (2021). We know that Grogu is no longer in Jedi training, and according to the new trailer for The Mandalorian Season 3, Din Djarin is now training him to become a Mandalorian.
A significant time-jump would allow for Grogu's future to be explored - or a part of it, at least, as he probably is due to live for some 800, 900 years just like Yoda. This may, however, involve encroaching on the sequel trilogy timeline. It's probably something fans and even Disney and Lucasfilm would like to steer clear of, but only time will tell.
It could end up being a wise move, though. After all, only in recent years have the prequels become widely appreciated by fans, which undoubtedly has a great deal to do with The Clone Wars. Are the sequels beyond saving? Nothing's impossible in the Star Wars franchise, and if there's anyone can that save them from certain doom, it's our favorite Mandalorian...
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As per StarWars.com, here's the official synopsis for The Mandalorian:
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
The Mandalorian Season 3 stars Pedro Pascal (Din Djarin/The Mandalorian), Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon), Carl Weathers (Greef Karga), Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze), Emily Swallow (The Armorer), Omid Abtahi (Dr. Pershing), Amy Sedaris (Peli Motto), and Tim Meadows and Christopher Lloyd in undisclosed roles.
The Mandalorian Season 3 will premiere on March 1 on Disney+ and will consist of eight episodes.
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The Mandalorian Seasons 1 and 2, The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022), and Andor (2022) are all currently streaming on Disney+.
You can also enjoy all the animated shows -- Star Wars Rebels (2014), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi (2022), and Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021), as well as all 12 Star Wars movies, and more.
Other upcoming live-action shows include Ahsoka (2023) and Skeleton Crew (2023).