As season three of The Mandalorian approaches, viewers are wondering how the show will address the departure of Gina Carano’s character Cara Dune, who was written off after the actress made controversial statements on social media.

In an interview with Deadline, executive producer Rick Famuyiwa says her departure was discussed by the writers, but ultimately the focus remains on the central characters of Din Djarin and Grogu. Dave Filoni, another executive producer, suggests that while Carano’s character won’t appear, there are many other characters in the Star Wars universe to explore.

“Cara was a big part and continues as a character to be part of the world. It had to be addressed in the creative and [Jon Favreau] took the time to think about that. It was something that was discussed as we knew it was going to have impact on the show, but at the same time, what has been at the heart of the show are the two characters — Din Djarin and Grogu — so ultimately it felt like a servicing of that, and around the Mandalorians.”

Rick Famuyiwa – Deadline

Dave Filoni also had some word salad when asked about the return of Dune:

“It’s a big galaxy and we have many characters in it — many characters are fighting for their screen time. We’ll just have to see as the season unfolds what the adventures are, but it’s a great character, someone who was vital to Din Djarin’s beginnings; we’ll see if he has evolved beyond that. Now Season 3 is mainly dealing with Mandalorians and the Mandalorian saga, the Mandalorian tale, there’s different characters he’s met since Bo-Katan takes a lot more prominence, which makes sense where his arc is going, the story of him and Grogu specifically.”

The Mandalorian in the title is the story about the Mandalorian and his people.”

Dave Filoni – Deadline

For those who can’t read the room, what they’re saying is don’t hold your breath for Cara Dune, because she’s not coming back anytime soon if ever, and it doesn’t matter because this show is about The Mandalorian after all.

Also, in this article it was revealed that Rick would be directing Episode 1, 7, and 8 of The Mandalorian Season 3!

Nick and I will talk more about this interview on today’s episode of the SWTS, so don’t forget to tune into the Star Wars Time Show on a weekly basis via our podcast platforms or via YouTube if you prefer the livestream angle. 

*Parts of this article were written by ChatGPT

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