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The Mandalorian season 3: news, cast, plot, and more

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The Mandalorian season 3 looks likely to be arriving on Disney Plus around the end of the year, though that's not confirmed just yet. While it's been a while since the second season, The Book of Boba Fett picked up on some key plot points revolving around Pedro Pascal's Din Djarin and his tiny green charge Grogu, so we can expect to see our favorite duo together once more in the next batch of episodes.

We've rounded up absolutely everything else there is to know about the upcoming season right here, with the lowdown on who's who in the cast, updates on filming (production has wrapped), along with where the plot could go next and when we might finally see a trailer – and even quotes from executive producer Dave Filoni and Moff Gideon actor Giancarlo Esposito. That's just the start, too, so scroll on for the ultimate guide to The Mandalorian season 3. This is the way!

The Mandalorian season 3 release date could be December 2022

Grogu in The Mandalorian

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A new report from TV Line (opens in new tab) suggests The Mandalorian season 3 will release around Christmas.

If that's the case, and it continues to drop episodes on Wednesdays now, expect a premiere date of December 7, December 14, December 21, or December 28. The latter two are the most likely candidates.

There's further good news – The Mandalorian season 3 started filming at the tail end of 2021, as confirmed by Greef Karga actor Carl Weathers, and has since wrapped – also confirmed by Weathers. That makes a late 2022 date likely, which is also backed up by a report from THR (opens in new tab) that season 3, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Andor will all arrive on Disney Plus in 2022. 

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However, conversely, Disney has confirmed that Andor and the Obi-Wan Kenobi series will both arrive in 2022 – but did not add anything about The Mandalorian season 3. Could the show come in 2023? Hopefully, we will get some official clarification very soon.

The Mandalorian season 3 cast

The Mandalorian season 3 cast

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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, we can expect Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan to return, especially with how the Darksaber is 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 The Mandalorian season 3 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."

The Mandalorian season 3 set photos

Photos from the set of The Mandalorian season 3 have arrived. In the pictures, which you can see above, we get a glimpse at someone decked out in Mandalorian armor –but nothing much else can be gleaned from the images. (H/T Den of Geek (opens in new tab)

The Mandalorian season 3 story: What could happen next?

The Mandalorian season 3 story

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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, 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. 

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 (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 it?

The Mandalorian season 3 trailer: When to expect a teaser

The Mandalorian and Grogu

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The Mandalorian’s first season started shooting in October 2018 and aired its first episode in November 19. In the interim, we got the first trailer in late August 2019. Similarly, The Mandalorian season 2 started filming in November 2019 for an October 2020 air date. The Mandalorian season 2 trailer was released on September 15, 2020. Each trailer debuted 8-10 months after filming began. 

Considering The Mandalorian season 3 started filming in October 2021, we could see the first teaser around June 2022 at the absolute earliest. We think it'll come later, though.

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