The Mandalorian Director Teases Season 3’s Redemption Story
The next chapter of the MandoVerse is slated for early next year when The Mandalorian returns for a third season, bringing Din Djarin and Grogu back to TV screens around the world. Having both appeared in crucial episodes of Boba Fett’s Bookthe main characters are ready for an adventure that will finally lead them to Mandalore.
With Grogu’s Jedi cases temporarily resolved, the series should focus solely on Mando’s efforts to reclaim his world. Sundari’s shattered remains were briefly seen in Season 3 exclusive footage shown to Star Wars Celebration attendees, the aftermath of the Night of a Thousand Tears depicted in Boba Fett. With various factions lurking across the galaxy following the Empire’s purge, Din’s destiny as owner of the Darksaber is to bring his people together and free his home.
But the road ahead is difficult. Mando has amassed an impressive group of allies over three television seasons, but key friends in The Armorer and Bo-Katan Kryze will make his quest difficult. Although the end goal may be to free Mandalore, Din’s first task is to uphold his creed and transgress for removing his helmet. This process will lead to a journey that series showrunner Jon Favreau says will serve as a redemptive arc for the titular character.
Favreau and Filoni tease the future of MandoVerse
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly on the Dagobah Expedition Podcastexecutive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni sat down at Star Wars Celebration to discuss things to come The Mandalorianchronology.
Favreau mentioned the need for Din Djarin to “redeem” himself for removing his helmet Boba Fett’s Bookopening the door to an exciting opportunity to explore Mandalore and its culture by The Mandalorian Season 3:
“Well, we established in The Book of Boba Fett that there was an opportunity for the Mandalorian to be redeemed, because he had transgressed the Creed by removing his helmet. And among his group of Mandalorians, that’s something that’s not allowed. Now we know there are other groups of Mandalorians where they have different rule sets. In the Clone Wars, we saw with Dave and also with the character that I voiced that the Mandalorians are very different there. And so these different groups come together and we’re going to find out… the Nexus point for all of these communities, of course, is their home world that they’re exiled from, which is Mandalore.
Pedro Pascal was greeted with thunderous applause as he joined the “Mando +” panel at Celebration, something “it blew [Filoni’s] disturbs” like Mando did “to become such an iconic character” since its presentation at the previous convention in Chicago:
“How does it feel to see Pedro Pascal grow into such an iconic character? It blew my mind today when it came out. I mean, again, we haven’t been to [Celebration] been like this for several years now and you see the love for this character has grown on its own on the outside. We haven’t been to a Comic-Con or a celebration, you know, and it was amazing and, I think, probably very rewarding for him to feel the recognition.”
Most gratifying for Filoni was watching Pascal introduce Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder to recognize the full “trio who interpret this wonderful character:”
“And the special moment for all of us was that he also brought out Brendan and Lateef, and recognized this trio who play this wonderful character.”
Filoni described his work on Ahsoka as “impressive,” amazed by the unique chance he has of “give a consistency to the character that is very unusual” on different storytelling mediums:
“Oh, that’s fantastic. I mean, that’s all I could hope for. I never dreamed of it because I was learning over the years. But to have a character that just popped up over the years with a lot of fans as they grow up and now she’s at the point where we can do that, it’s wonderful to be that same person that the guide through the different mediums I think gives a consistency to the character that is very rare. A lot of times when you’re an animator you look at your creation as a spin-off and it gets picked up by other people, you never know. And you want to deal with these characters because you know them so well and it’s a really unique situation that we find ourselves in, but it’s great. There is no other way to say it. The simple answer is just, ‘Yeah, that’s great.’ »
Will Mando redeem himself?
Given Mando’s religious adherence to The Way of Mandalore, the search for redemption is the character’s natural starting point. But his growing attachment to Grogu has shown that he is willing to bend the rules of his belief as he deems necessary, which could eventually win out as he refines his moral compass. He displays desperation to repent in Boba Fett’s Bookeven if it’s a safe bet that the desire will go away with time.
Meeting other Mandalorians like Bo-Katan Kryze and Boba Fett who freely remove their helmets opened Mando’s eyes to a much larger world. It’s a choice no doubt meant to make him realize why he’s as strict about following the Helmet Rule as someone like The Armorer, as Kryze and Fett are no less Mandalorian than the Children of the Watch. When Natasha Liu Bordizzo’s Sabine Wren inevitably crosses Din’s path, he’ll have even more to consider – including whether he needs to make amends.
The Mandalorian was portrayed with plenty of nuance through body language, an incredible feat for three separate actors. Din’s choices will become increasingly difficult as his responsibilities increase, making the work of Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder critical to the success of selling the character when Pedro Pascal is unavailable. The reception the three received at Celebration was tremendous, a testament to Mando’s popularity and fan appreciation for the trio’s work.
With the third episode of Mando’s Journey wrapped up, Star Wars faithful can look forward to catching up with Ahsoka Tano as she and Sabine embark on their own journey to find Ezra Bridger and Thrawn. Filoni is in rare company as a creator who can see Ahsoka’s journey evolve through animation and live action, blending mediums in a way that binds the galaxy. Ahsoka is a bit more distant, but it’s a passion project for Filoni, so fans can expect something deeply rooted in lore with new ways to understand the Force.
The Mandalorian Season 3 debuts on Disney+ in February 2023. Ahsoka premieres later in 2023.