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The Mandalorian Season 3: New Trailer Details You May Have Missed

The latest trailer for the third season of 'The Mandalorian' is here. Let's go over some of the juicy details you might have missed.
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The third season of The Mandalorian might be one of the most anticipated shows of the year. The stoic bounty hunter Din Djarin and his adorable companion Grogu will return in March. Until then, we still have surprisingly few plot points to talk about going into the season. Bizarrely, The Book of Boba Fett included two episodes dedicated to continuing Din’s storyline, leading to that series serving as something of “The Mandalorian Season 2.5”.

At the end of the second season of The Mandalorian, Grogu left with Luke Skywalker to continue his Jedi training. However, the adorable Force-sensitive child realized that he preferred traveling the galaxy with his adoptive father, Din, and left Luke’s newly-established temple to rejoin Din on Tatooine. 

The Book of Boba Fett also established some new emotional stakes for Djarin. His clan, the Children of the Watch, firmly believes that true Mandalorians aren’t allowed to remove their helmets in the presence of other living things. Din has done this several times now, and thus he’s no longer worthy to be a member of the order. His mentor, The Armorer, has ordered him to return to Mandalore to bathe at a sacred site, which will purge him of his transgressions.

Many Mandos

One of the most striking elements of the new trailer is that it shows Din working alongside a large number of Mandalorians. Several of these new characters are wearing bold, colorful armor that looks more in line with the Mandalorian designs seen in the excellent animated series Star Wars: Rebels

We also get our first glimpse of the live-action version of Sundari, the capital of Mandalore. This location has been the backdrop for several episodes of The Clone Wars, but this series will finally give us a glimpse at how the planet of Mandalore looks after its devastation at the hands of the Empire.

Fans expect to see a few returning faces, too. Last season, Katee Sackhoff brought the beloved animated Mandalorian character Bo-Katan Kryze to the small screen. Sackhoff voiced the character in Clone Wars and Rebels, so her introduction to the series was natural. Another fan-favorite Mando should also make her first live-action appearance this season–the explosive artist Sabine Wren, a main character in Rebels and one of the most dangerous Mandalorians out there. 

Teaching the Kid

In the trailer, Din tells Grogu that “being a Mandalorian is more than just learning how to fight.” This time around, it looks like Din will teach his young ally how to navigate. In another scene, we see Grogu tangling with an alien aggressor, easily bowling it over with the Force and defending himself in a fight. It seems like his adventures might be making him a force to be reckoned with, even at his young age. 

Grogu will likely become one of the first Force-sensitive Mandalorians to travel the galaxy in hundreds of years. The first person to accomplish this was the creator of the Darksaber, the legendary Tarre Vizsla. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because descendant Pre Viszla once wielded the Darksaber in The Clone Wars, and another relative, Paz Vizsla, is also a member of the Children of the Watch. 

This means that Grogu could grow to become a legendary figure in his own right and likely the rightful owner of the Darksaber. And, given his species’ extremely long lifespans, he could hypothetically become a long-ruling monarch of the planet Mandalore, citing his upbringing as a Foundling under the hero Din Djarin as giving his claim legitimacy.

Returning Friends

A few of Mando’s friends make their return in this trailer, too. We see Carl Weathers reprising his role as the joyful Greef Karga, a former bounty hunter who now operates as the head of the Hunting Guild. Karga is looking sharp these days, wearing a lavish robe and lording over an area defined by white statues and marble architecture.

It’s likely that the Guild has flourished in the wake of Din’s victories over the Imperial Remnant. With Moff Gideon defeated and the Empire’s influence dwindling, smugglers and bounty hunters are likely reigning supreme in the Outer Rim. However, the trailer is quick to remind audiences that a new threat is brewing in the uncharted regions of the galaxy.

A New Republic ranger warns Din in the trailer that something evil is stirring even as the new government tries to instill order. Star Wars fans know this means the First Order is slowly building its influence. The shadowy, cult-like organization was formed after the Empire’s defeat at the hands of Rebellion in order to clone Emperor Palpatine and reinstate him as the “Sith Eternal.” We know these plans will fail when Rey and the Resistance arrive at Exegol, but those events are still years away from this point in the timeline.

Redeeming Himself

Din tells the Armorer in a voiceover during the trailer that he intends to visit Mandalore so he can be forgiven for his “transgressions.” The Children of the Watch are religious fanatics and believe that true Mandalorians should keep their faces covered at all times. This was never mentioned by characters like Sabine or Jango Fett earlier in the franchise, thus marking Din as the outlier among his people.

While the trailer seems to indicate that Din intends to wash away his sins to seek forgiveness from his order, some fans think that he might turn away from the Children of the Watch this season. For one thing, he’s met several Mandalorians who have told him that he’s far too literal with his interpretation of their teachings. For another, we’ve already seen Din softening his once-unshakeable worldview in order to protect Grogu.

It’s possible that Grogu will find himself in trouble once more this season, and, somehow, this will require Din to doff his helmet and help his little companion out of a tough scrape. It seems unlikely that the protagonist of one of the most popular shows on TV will remain a strict adherent of a fringe space cult throughout the entirety of the show’s run. 

A New Companion?

During The Book of Boba Fett, Din took a detour on Tatooine to acquire a new ship. The Razor Crest, his sick freighter, was destroyed by Moff Gideon in the second season of The Mandalorian. Thankfully, his ally Peli Motto hooked him up with an eye-catching N1 Royal Naboo Fighter craft. Eagle-eyed fans will recognize that chassis as belonging to the same ship pattern that Anakin flew during The Phantom Menace.

The souped-up N1 is a perfect fit for Din, but it’s a bit cramped compared to the spacious Razor Crest. Given Din’s distrust of droids, Pelli replaced the astromech slot in the ship with a passenger seat for Grogu. However, several shots in the trailer indicate that Grogu is just riding in Din’s lap. 

Notably, one shot shows an astromech slotting into place, presumably behind Din and Grogu in the N1. Is it possible the two are going to make friends with a sassy droid like R2-D2 to help them with their hyperspace jumps? They could certainly use a tech specialist on their free-wheeling interstellar adventures.

Order 66

One of the biggest reveals in the second season of The Mandalorian came courtesy of fan-favorite returning character Ahsoka, played by Rosario Dawson. Ahsoka explained that Grogu was a youngling during Order 66, the traumatic event that saw the clone troopers ordered to wipe out the Jedi. Somehow, Grogu survived the clone attack on the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. 

One shot in the trailer shows the events of Order 66, presumably through Grogu’s eyes, as he remembers the event that saw most of his allies fall in battle. We still don’t know which Jedi protected Grogu during the chaotic battle against the clones or how he managed to survive for decades without being detected by the Empire.

Sure, Grogu’s been around for a while, but his species ages so slowly that he’s been a baby for fifty years. It’s hard to imagine the slow-moving, adorable little alien being able to defend himself against dangerous Imperial agents like Inquisitors or ISB officers. Perhaps he had a Jedi ally throughout the Age of the Empire who sheltered him until falling in battle against the Empire? We might find out in Season 3.

Other Observations

The trailer also briefly shows Din piloting a Fang Fighter, the sleek, blade-shaped snub-nosed fighter used by Mandalorian in the Rebels series. Another brief shot shows two Anzellan aliens, the same species as the awesome mechanic Babu Frik from The Rise of Skywalker. Maybe one of them will be the same tech-savvy alien who will later help C3P-0 and his friends in the fight against the First Order.

Finally, it’s interesting to see the show jumping ahead so quickly, thanks to the mid-season plot advancement afforded by The Book of Boba Fett. While many fans were annoyed with that series’ sudden turn to focus on Din’s story, it does mean the third season of The Mandalorian will get to tell its story at a faster pace without worrying about the details of how Din and Grogu reunited.