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Report: Pre-Production Beginning on Mandalorian Season 3

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BY April 22, 2020
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After the success of the first season, not to mention the seismic cultural impact of one Baby Yoda, it’s no surprise that The Mandalorian is cruising back this way again this fall. However, even though season 2’s still months away, sources revealed this week that The Mandalorian season 3 is already in the works.

A Look Back at The Mandalorian Season 1

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If, like me, you haven’t gotten around to finishing season 1, then don’t worry. I can’t possibly spoil it for you. As far as I can tell, it’s a light-hearted comedy about a stoic Mandalorian singleton. Everything’s work, work, work for him until he meets The Child, aka Baby Yoda, and spontaneously decides on adoption. And also, Werner Herzog is there.

Season 1 garnered overwhelmingly favorable reviews; it currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of a whopping 93% positive. And critics weren’t the only ones who liked it, of course. The Mandalorian became an instant hit with viewers, no doubt spurred on by the cutest little face in the war of stars. And it definitely helped that the memeable mug was a total surprise.

Disney wanted to keep Baby Yoda under wraps so much that they didn’t prepare any merchandise in advance. That’s big, since it probably cost Disney almost $3 million in revenue. Bob Iger claimed it was because Disney is a “story-first” company. And I’ll pretend to believe him, because Disney never likes to leave money on the table. (Because, as they always do, they also went after folks who created their own merchandise.)

Onward to The Mandalorian Season 3 and What We Know about Season 2

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We still don’t know much about what to expect this fall. We do have some hints, though. For example, Rosario Dawson will be appearing as Ahsoka Tano. (Note: Although various outlets have widely reported this and it’s probably true, Dawson refused to confirm it when doing press last week for Joshua’s favorite show, Briarpatch.) In addition, you’ll remember, like I do, that Giancarlo Esposito appeared in season 1 as Moff Gideon. While nothing has been confirmed yet, Esposito hinted he will return to cut through things with the ominous Darksaber.

Unlike many other shows, The Mandalorian was lucky enough to wrap season 2 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shutdown. They finished in early March, so viewers will get a full season. In the meantime, writer, director, and PCU star Jon Favreau is writing season 3, according to a report from Variety. He’s apparently been working on it for some time, while the art department at Lucasfilm began whipping up season 3 concepts within the past month. Further, production design for the third season also kicked off this week.

While there’s obviously no word yet on when to expect season 3, season 2 will premiere on Disney+ this October.

I hope that Werner Herzog just continues to play different characters within the Star Wars universe. What are your (new) hopes? “Well, actually” me on social media or in the comments below. I eat your disdain like love.

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.

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