February 3, 2023
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Max unpacks the new trailer for the third season of The Mandalorian and presents us with a few highlights to watch out for!

We are almost one month away from the premiere of the highly anticipated third season of The Mandalorian, written and directed by Jon Favreau. If you are a Star Wars fan, chances are that you love The Mandalorian (and baby Yoda) and the series is quite possibly the crown jewel of Disney’s Star Wars crown. As of now, it is the longest Star Wars series still producing content and may be so for a long time. Most of Disney’s other + series’ only had one season. And the fact that a show is back for a third is quite a milestone. The new trailer is just under 2 minutes in length but packs so many exciting stimuli in its 1-minute 45-second count. So, without further ado, let’s break down the trailer together and see what we can look forward to.

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(L-R): Grogu and Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) in Lucasfilm’s THE MANDALORIAN, season three, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

N1-STARFIGHTER

During The Book Of Boba Fett, we saw Mando had replaced the Razor Crest with a modified N-1 starfighter. At first glance, Mando thought Peli Motto (played by Amy Sedaris) was crazy in trying to substitute the Razor Crest with that piece of junk. However, he was proved wrong when he test-drove the new ship on Tatooine. The N-1 seems incredibly fast and agile and we see Mando flying in the hyperspace simi-tunnel with it. There is a cute top hatch with a sunroof-type bubble for Grogu to sit in. And he gets a (likely) awe-striking experience of being in hyperspace with only glass in between him and Infinitum.

(L-R): The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), Grogu and Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) in Lucasfilm’s THE MANDALORIAN, season three, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

MANDALORE

The main meat of this trailer shows that this will be the first time that Mando is working with a large amount of Mandalorians. Mando’s voice-over tells a sad tale of Mandalorians being spread thin across the galaxy (after their genocide). And it is obvious Mando is looking to find some purpose for himself and his people. We got a brief taste of all-out Mandalorian fighting in the brief scene of the third episode of Season 1. But now we will likely get much more and for much longer.

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Mandalorians in a scene from Lucasfilm’s THE MANDALORIAN, season three, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

KOWAKIAN MONKEY LIZARDS

One of the first scenes is Mando landing on a planet with buildings similar to the most primitive outposts of the galaxy. A Kowakian monkey-lizard jabbers at him from a tree. It is a comical and comforting image as it evokes classic Star Wars. The design of the monkey is a little “cheap.” But I remember saying that about the Stormtrooper costumes in the first season (back in 2018). And I could have not been more wrong about the quality of the project.

This unnamed planet seems to be ruled (or governed) by Greef Karga as he is dressed like a king as he receives Mando and shakes his hand. Perhaps he pulled a Lando and is now a responsible administrative governor?

(L-R): Grogu, Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) in Lucasfilm’s THE MANDALORIAN, season three, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

RETURNING TO MANDALORE

One of the central missions in this season is likely Din Djarin returning to devastated Mandalore (as he says in this trailer) “so that he may be forgiven for his transgressions”. Djarin removed his helmet in front of others meaning that his status as a Mandalorian was technically no more. Now he must make a “religious” pilgrimage to restore his status. We see a haunting brief image of a city on Mandalore devastated by (presumably) the Empire and I am ultra-excited to see how he fares on his home planet.

We also get to see (YAY) Coruscant this season! Why Mando would go to the Galactic Capital is beyond me. But after that brief taste we got in Andor, I am all for more Coruscant in future projects. Perhaps Mando seeks to speak to the New Republic government to help his people. There is a returning character in the trailer (who the subtitles credit as); Captain Carson Teva who warns Mando “There’s something dangerous happening out there and by the time it becomes big enough for you to act; it’ll be too late.” Is he perhaps referring to the Rise of the First Order? How will Mando play a part in its formation?

Jedi in a scene from Lucasfilm’s THE MANDALORIAN, season three, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

BATTLE DROIDS & HELMETS

Additionally, there is also a shot of an R5 unit and several B-1 Battle droids from The Clone Wars. Din Djarin was never a fan of droids after he lost his parents in The Clone Wars. So it will be interesting to see how he interacts with them. Lastly, we see Mando underground and unearthing an old Mandalorian helmet, left to erode in the sand. Is this the underground of Mandalore the Armorer spoke of in The Book of Boba Fett? The place he must bathe in its waters to restore his status as a Mandalorian?

Mandalorian helmet from a scene in Lucasfilm’s THE MANDALORIAN, season three, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

All these questions will hopefully be answered and more questions will likely be generated when the Mandalore returns on March 1st on Disney+. I will be covering all episodes and I hope you enjoy the season as much as I (likely) will.

The Mandalorian returns for an all-new season on March 1. Are you excited about the new season? Will Din Djarin claim the throne of Mandalore? Sound off with your theories below.

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