It was confirmed months ago that The Mandalorian Season 3 will only begin filming after the production of the upcoming Star Wars series, The Book Of Boba Fett wraps up. In the minds of fans, this meant not knowing Mando and Grogu’s fate for a very long time as there was no telling how much the production of the spin-off show would suffer due to the pandemic. But shooting down numerous rumors and reports, Giancarlo Esposito, who plays the evil Moff Gideon on the Disney+ series, has come forward with a very positive update about The Mandalorian Season 3.
For months now, The Book of Boba Fett, lead by Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shand, has been in production in Los Angeles on the StageCraft Video Call Volume. During an appearance at the recently held GalaxyCon Raleigh, Giancarlo Esposito shared with WRAL that as The Book of Boba Fett finished filming its first season recently, the production of The Mandalorian Season 3 is all set to begin soon. He also revealed that the upcoming season will see more of Moff Gideon who was defeated by Mando and taken into custody by Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) in the Season 2 finale, “Chapter 16: The Rescue.”
The actor also assured that even though Pedro Pascal is currently busy shooting the HBO series, The Last of Us, in Calgary, Canada, The Mandalorian Season 3’s production would be able to continue without him. Though the series, which is a live-action adaptation of a video game of the same name, will wrap up sometime in early 2022, the shooting of the upcoming Mandalorian season won’t be hindered by Pascal’s absence. His character is mostly stuck with a helmet on his face with only the actor’s iconic voice filtering through. This means that anyone who matches Pascal’s body dimensions can put on the helmet and shoot the scenes while the actor can provide his dialogues later.
But whether it is Pedro Pascal behind the helmet or not, The Mandalorian Season 3 is set to push Mando into further chaos judging by the note on which Season 2 ended. Mando managed to subdue the deadly Dark Troopers as well as Moff Gideon but his victory is short-lived. As he is the one who defeated Gideon, not only does the coveted Darksaber belongs to him but he also has the right to the Mandalorian throne now. Though he doesn’t want ownership of either, he has inadvertently made Bo-Katan his new enemy as she was gunning for the Darksaber to sit on the Mandalorian throne. Considering the Darksaber can’t be yielded willingly to transfer ownership, Mando will have to engage in a battle against Bo-Katan whether he wants to or not.
While it is obvious that Baby Yoda will be in The Mandalorian Season 3 as well, it remains to be seen whether the digitally de-aged Mark Hamill will also be returning as Luke Skywalker and whether Grogu will be reunited with Mando after the heartbreaking farewell in the Season 2 finale.