During Monday’s NFL playoffs, Lucasfilm unveiled the highly anticipated The Mandalorian season three trailer — as well as introduced a litany of directors for the upcoming episodes. The new trailer for Mandalorian Season 3 reveals quite a lot but still leaves up wanting more.
After more than two years of waiting, The Mandalorian is back to continue the tales of Mando and Baby Yoda.
At the end of season 2, Mando and Grogu had a heartfelt goodbye as Grogu was left in the custody of Luke Skywalker to learn the ways of the Jedi. But in season 2 of The Book of Boba Fett, Grogu began to have second thoughts about whether becoming a Jedi is what he truly wanted. When offered a choice by Luke, Grogu chose to return to his foster dad, The Mandalorian, though he did so with a much stronger mastery of the Force.
Mando, is dealing with his own set of problem such as the aftermath of performing the most unforgivable sin in the eyes of his order of Mandalorian warriors: the removal of his helmet. Even though he did it because of the love he has for his adopted son. Unfortunately, although he’s gained Grogu as part of his found family, Din Djarin aka Mando has lost other parts of his identity. We see Mando standing alongside new Mandalorian warriorsand hear a powerful voice-over on the Mandalorian culture and history. Mando identifies himself more closely with his people than ever before, describing his people scattered like stars in the sky.
This history Mandolare history was explained in Star Wars: The Clone Wars that included their honor-based leadership structure and the long history of Civil War between violent extremists and peace-minded progressives.
Now, Mando must grapple with the decision to travel to Mandalore to perform the rituals that will redeem himself in the eyes of his fellow warriors or forge a completely new path with Grogu.
In addition to this, the trailer may answer an even bigger question: How did Baby Yoga survive in season 1? How rescued him? As seen in the trailer at least four Jedi are standing in front of a doorway, as someone — or something — is cutting through. Is this a flashback to Order 66? In Season 2, we learned from Ahsoka that yes, Grogu was in the Jedi Temple at some point, which could mean he’s the direct offspring of Yoda.
The Book of Boba Fett teased Grogu’s memories of Order 66 but stopped short of showing how he survived. Obi-Wan Kenobi also opened with Order 66 and made the revelation about the origin of Reva directly connected to that moment. Are we finally going to see Baby Yoda’s rescuer?
According to the logline, “The Mandalorian will cross paths with old allies and make new enemies as he and Grogu continue their journey together.”
Directors on this season of The Mandalorian include returning helmer Rick Famuyiwa, Black Panther cinematographer Rachel Morrison, Minari filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung, Mandalorian actor Carl Weathers, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s Peter Ramsey and returning Mando director Bryce Dallas Howard.
Pedro Pascal stars as the title character, traveling the galaxy with Grogu. He stars alongside Katee Sackhoff, Weathers, Amy Sedaris, Emily Swallow and Giancarlo Esposito.
Jon Favreau once again serves as showrunner, executive producing with Dave Filoni, Famuyiwa, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist and Carrie Beck co-executive produce.
The Mandalorian season three debuts March 1st.