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When does The Mandalorian season 3 come out?

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Jon Favreau clarifies the timeline with The Book of Boba Fett

The Mandalorian blocks Moff Gideon Darksaber with his beskar spear in The Mandalorian season 2 chapter 16 Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

The Mandalorian’s season 2 finale closed the book on the show we knew. By the final scene, The Mandalorian and his pal Grogu found a semblance of closure in their race across the galaxy thanks to a familiar face. Of course, a few lingering plot threads made a season 3 completely possible — what would Din Djarin do with that pesky Darksaber?

What was unclear when the credits rolled on The Mandalorian “Chapter 16: The Rescue” was when audience would actually see Pedro Pascal’s Mandalorian back on Disney Plus. Reports from April suggested that work on The Mandalorian season 3 was already underway. Thanks to the show’s unique, new “stagecraft” technology, which allows the crew to shoot mostly indoors against a rear-projected LED screen, the assumption was that even through COVID-19 restrictions a new season could get up and running in time for a 2021 release.

The end of The Mandalorian season 2 offered a twist that clouded the premiere schedule. According to a post-credit scene, The Book of Boba Fett, a new spinoff starring Temuera Morrison as the infamous bounty hunter and Ming-Na Wen as his cyborg accomplice Fennec Shand, would hit the platform in 2021.

Would The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian season 3 premiere on Disney Plus in the same window? Or was The Book of Boba Fett a replacement for a season 3? Would we see more of Din Djarin, Bo-Katan, Cara Dune, and the future of Mandalore? Despite announcing nine other Star Wars TV shows for Disney Plus, including Rangers of the New Republic (which could feature a number of Mandalorian veterans) and the Ahsoka spinoff, the ending of season 2 made the future of the franchise a little blurrier.

Shortly after the finale premiere, Jon Favreau took to Good Morning America to clarify, slightly, his Star Wars show rollout plans. According to the interview, The Book of Boba Fett will debut in December of 2021 (Favreau slipped saying “Christmas,” then backtracked to the more general month window), and after the premiere, his crew will begin work on The Mandalorian season 3 “back with the main character that we’ve known and loved.” There was no specific date for the release, but Favreau emphasized that it would come soon after The Book of Boba Fett, which could mean a late premiere that bridges 2021 and 2022 or an earlier 2022 release, similar to Marvel’s upcoming WandaVision, which premieres this January. Favreau also adds that Dave Filoni is currently working on Ahsoka.

For fans of The Mandalorian starving for something new until then, Disney Plus will release a new season of the behind-the-scenes series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian beginning on Dec. 25, 2020.