Season 2 of The Mandalorian begins on Disney+ on October 30.
A third season of the series is being written and planned, but production may be stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Star Wars spin-off series The Mandalorian has announced that it will return to the roster of ongoing Disney+ shows, debuting a second season on October 30. Already, we know there's a lot of exciting things in store. First off, that means there will be more of "The Child," aka "Baby Yoda." We also know we're going to find out more about Giancarlo Esposito's Moff Gideon and his super-cool "darksaber." And some new faces will pop up, Entertainment Weekly reports, including Rosario Dawson (playing Clone Wars fave Ahsoka Tano) and Temuera Morrison (who's played Jango Fett and is the model for every clone, so he could be anybody).
With episodes doled out weekly, there's still a long way to go before season 2 wraps up. But that doesn't mean that we're not already thinking ahead to season 3. Here's what we know so far.
The Mandalorian season 3 is already being planned out.
The question isn't whether or not Disney+ is interested in a third season of the show. It's already been in the works, well before season 2 even aired. "Sources close to the production have confirmed that creator Jon Favreau has been 'writing season 3 for a while,' and that the art department, led by Lucasfilm vice president and executive creative director Doug Chiang, has been creating concepts for season 3 for the past few weeks,'" Variety reported back in April.
It makes sense: Since none of Marvel shows have gotten off the ground yet — WandaVision will be the first, and that doesn't premiere until December — this is Disney+'s flagship TV series. Of course they'd want to keep it going. Plus, who would deprive the world of more Baby Yoda? (We suppose the guy in the suit who travels around with Baby Yoda has his fans, too.)
No plot details have been announced, but the world will get bigger.
The good and bad thing about The Mandalorian is that the production is adept at keeping secrets. Remember how no one even hinted about the existence of Baby Yoda before he showed up on screen? (That's a really hard feat in this day and age, where you can find spoilers for just about anything.) And even after it was confirmed that Rosario Dawson joined the cast of the show, her character was kept under wraps for a while after that.
It's no surprise, then, that no details about Favreau's vision for season 3 have dribbled out yet. In fact, there's still a lot of secrecy about the current season, even for the actors. Entertainment Weekly reports that "the heightened secrecy included actors getting scripts only for their own episodes and being ushered to sets in black cloaks and hoods like incognito Sith Lords."
We have no hints about the planets the Mando will visit, or any characters that might cross his path. We do have a morsel, via Favreau, that subsequent seasons may go to more far-flung worlds with more characters than was allowed in season 1. "As we introduce other characters, there are opportunities to follow different storylines,” he says in that same Entertainment Weekly story. “The world was really captivated by Game of Thrones and how that evolved as the characters followed different storylines — that's very appealing to me as an audience member.”
Esposito confirmed this universe expansion in an interview with People. "We’re living in a universe that is huge and there’s so much to explore," he tells the magazine. "So I think this show is going to lay the ground work for the depth and breadth that’s gonna come in season 3 and season 4, where you’re really gonna start to get answers." Intriguing!
There is no release date for The Mandalorian season 3.
The big question is when and how the show could safely film a third season. The Mandalorian is lucky in that all of the shooting for season 2 was completed before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the rest of it could be finished remotely. The third season has not yet started filming.
Favreau thinks that, because it's such a special-effects-heavy series, they would be able to get back into production safely: "The fact that the set is much more contained is a benefit, because you can limit the number of people," Movieweb reports. "A lot of the people controlling it are doing it remotely from what we call the Brain Bar, which is a bank of gaming computers, essentially. The amount of people near the camera could be much smaller than [usual]. We also shoot a lot outside, which is helpful, too. We build to a moment in filming more like an animated production, where we have a lot of storyboards, a lot of discussions and scouting in virtual reality."
Variety reports that he may just pull it off. "Executive producer and showrunner Jon Favreau told Variety that The Mandalorian is 'on schedule' to start production on season 3 of the series 'before the end of the year' — after Pascal wraps shooting in Europe on the feature film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent with Nicolas Cage." It could be that the show is just lucky, having wrapped filming one season before the onset of the pandemic and starting the next after they've figured out how to safely work through it.
Still, there's no reports of filming resuming on set, which means it's still going to be a long time before season 3 could come to Disney+. At this rate, Baby Yoda could be Teenager Yoda.
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