There’s Going To Be Less Of The Mandalorian On Disney+

The first episode of The Mandalorian Season 3 will have a shorter runtime than premiere episodes in past seasons.

By Charlene Badasie | Updated

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The Season 3 premiere of The Mandalorian will be much shorter than its predecessors. The news comes by way of Twitter from a user who claims the episode will have a 35-minute and 16-second runtime. That would make the highly anticipated installment the shortest debut of any live-action Star Wars project on Disney+.

The shorter runtime falls behind the 38-minute and 51-minute debut episodes of The Mandalorian’s first and second seasons. The Book of Boba Fett featured a 37-minute first episode, with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor running for 52 minutes and 39 minutes, respectively. It’s unclear if Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are saving longer runtimes for future episodes or if shorter episodes will be permanent.

The new season of The Mandalorian begins after the events of The Book of Boba Fett. The story follows Din Djarin as he travels back to Mandalore to restore his reputation. But the bounty hunter’s quest for redemption won’t be easy.

He will have to fend off attackers who wish to stand in his way. Fortunately, Grogu, who is significantly stronger with the Force, will be by his side to help.

Disney recently released a trailer for the third season of The Mandalorian, which gave fans a glimpse into the upcoming adventure. The clip featured the return of Bo-Katan Kryze who wants to reclaim the Darksaber along with a hint at Moff Gideon’s evil plans. It also showcased a group of Jedi Knights wielding their lightsabers.

Pedro Pascal will reprise his role as Din Djarin for The Mandalorian’s third outing. Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, and Katee Sackhoff will also return to their respective roles as bounty hunter leader Greef Karga, the villainous Moff Gideon, and Bo-Katan Kryze. Christopher Lloyd is also joining the series in an undisclosed guest role.

The Mandalorian Season 3 will debut on March 1, exclusively on Disney+. Meanwhile, Jon Favreau recently confirmed that the scripts for the show’s fourth season are complete. He made the revelation during an interview with BFMTV.

“We have to know where we’re going to tell a fully-formed story, so we had mapped it out,” he said via CBR.

Favreau explained that he wrote it during post-production on Season 3 of The Mandalorian because the story has to feel like a continuation. Preparing for the new season in advance also helped him to create continuity with other Star Wars series like Ahsoka and Star Wars: Skeleton Crew. Additionally, it gives the cast more time to wrap their heads around the show’s sci-fi jargon-heavy dialogue.

Amy Sedaris, who portrays Peli Motto, recently shared her struggles with the dialogue in The Mandalorian. Speaking to Empire via CBR, the actress admitted that she rarely understands what her character is saying. This makes memorizing her dialogue a challenge, despite Favreau’s efforts to coach her through it.

Sedaris isn’t the only star who finds filming challenging on the set of The Mandalorian. Bo-Katan Kryze actor Katee Sackoff recently revealed (via CBR) that the LED video wall-enclosed set often leaves her disorientated which results in an upset stomach. Luckily, these are minor problems, and filming for Season 4 is expected to begin later this year.