It’s been a long time, but once again it’s time to announce: this is the way.
It’s been almost two years since the last season of Disney+’s The Mandalorian, but audiences at D23 Expo 2022 had the chance to learn more about the show’s third season ahead of its debut in early 2023 on Disney+.
The third season of the series picks up from the character’s appearance in The Book of Boba Fett, which reunited him with Grogu after the two parted ways at the end of Mandalorian’s second season; the third season is expected to pick up on the larger mythology surrounding the Mandalorians as a tribe, and the fact that Din Djarin was rejected from the tribe during The Book of Boba Fett for removing his helmet.
In addition to the returning cast of Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, and Katie Sackhoff, the third season of the show will feature Christopher Lloyd and Tim Meadows. Behind the camera, the team stays close to earlier seasons, with Jon Favreau returning as showrunner and head writer, and Bryce Dallas Howard, and Rick Famuyiwa returning as directors. Weathers will also direct during the season.
Present at D23 Expo this year were cast members Pascal, Sackhoff, Esposito, Emily Swallow (The Armorer), and Amy Sedaris. Pascal said it was “insane [and] exhausting” to be on stage at the messive event, with Swallow talking excitedly about how making the show was a collaborative effort. Esposito said that he was happy to see that the audience had “passion and wonder” for the project, adding, “If you’re here, you love Star Wars.”
"I've played Bo-Katan for almost 10 years of my life,” added Sackhoff, talking about her character. “It's one of those things where I never dreamed she would come to be a part of my life, and I'm so grateful to these amazing guys for letting me do this. I'm so excited for you to see this season! It's crazy!"
The show had previously shared footage from its third season at Star Wars Celebration earlier this year, with both a teaser and additional footage being shown. No final release date was announced for the show, beyond that it will debut next year on Disney+.
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