Season 3 of the Mandalorian is coming in 2023. For most Star Wars fans that’s a bit of a disappointment considering that the last time we had an official season of The Mandalorian was in 2020, I say official because everyone knows that The Book of Boba Fett was just a Mandalorian mini series. But, with all of the new content coming out in the Mando-verse, it doesn’t feel like we have been away from Din and Grogu for too long.

Luckily, ET had an exclusive interview with most of the cast of The Mandalorian season 3 to catch up with their characters ahead of the 2023 release date. Let’s see how everyone is doing!

Din Djarin

Right out of the gate Pedro Pascal says that season 3 of Mando will be the very best like none ever was:

“Three is even better than the previous one. It’s safe to say that you’re going to love it.”

Pascal went on to talk about how the relationship between Grogu and Din will grow and change in season 3.

“What I love is the idea of who’s protecting who because Grogu is discovering more and more of his powers. And it’s very important for Mando to nurture it and to also make sure it’s harnessed in the right way.”

Now that Gorgu has made the decision to follow the Mandalorian way official, we can expect to see him back in the co-pilot seat and probably being a bit more useful in tricky situations than before.

Greef Karga

Carl Weathers will be returning to season 3 in a dual role once again, actor and director. Greef Karga was last seen in season 2 as the newly appointed magistrate of Nevarro and trusted friend of Din. Weathers says that season 3 will allow for more exploration of his character.

“…a lot more opportunity for depth. Each of these characters has so much story within their own personal story.”

Weathers also said that season 3 will focus more on character exploration not only for his character, but for all of his cast mates as well.

“As an audience, you get to see just little glimmers of things that we didn’t realize about them,” he says of getting to slow things down and “play with some of that stuff.”

Moff Gideon 

Moff Gideon was the big bad of the first 2 seasons of Mando, but in season 3 we will find him in a much different position, in a Mandalorian prison cell after being beaten by Din and captured by the Night Owls.

“Yes, it’s assumed he is behind bars. I think we could have an opportunity to see him escape those chains that bind him,” Esposito says of Gideon’s current whereabouts, teasing that he’s not just sitting idly by. “We want to see a guy who is a mastermind who has an idea for the future that no one else has. And so, we want to know what that is and we want to know if that’s good or bad.”

Giancarlo Esposito has always been very high minded of how Gideon looks at his plight in the galaxy, an in this interview, he teases that there might be more to Gideon’s aspirations than we think.

“I keep holding onto this idea that he really wants to save this galaxy. Of course, everyone does. But everyone assumes he just wants to control it. So, let’s find out if that’s true or not.”

The Armorer   

Din Djarin’s bunker mom The Armorer, played by Emily Swallow, was last seen in The Book of Boba Fett where she was particularly unhappy with Din about his exploits and decisions in the first 2 seasons of the show. Will The Armorer continue to guide Din along the path of the ‘True Mandalorians’ or will that relationship change?

“We have seen her guide Mando but also he has surprised her and she’s rolled with that and she’s been open to seeing where he leads her.” -Emily Swallow

“[Mando] has brought these surprises her way that she’s open to. And so, I think we’ll continue to see as he makes discoveries on this journey that she’s open to seeing what she learns from that.”

While The Armorer may take a lighter hand with Din, Swallow also notes that season 3 will be much more tumultous than the previous seasons.

Bo-Katan Kryze

Bo-Katan Kryze, played by Katee Sackhoff, might be in the most awkward position in season 3 given how season 2 ended. Her primay throughline from her introduction until now has been to regain control of Mandalore and take her rightful place as its leader, but season 2 ended with Din Djarin winning a duel against Moff Gideon, who held the Darksaber, which technically makes him the leader of Mandalore. How will this play out in season 3?

“She’s still on that journey, you know, from the first time that we met her when she was very young and impressionable. And she’s been continuing to evolve and grow and figure out who she is.”

Sackhoff also says that Kryze still has work to do even though Gideon has been captured and the Darksaber is in the hands of a Mandalorin.

“She’s not done,” Sackhoff says, noting that because Kryze didn’t accept the Darksaber at the end of season 2, “makes us question, it makes her question, ‘What’s different? Why not now?’ And that’s important.”

Boba Fett

The Book of Boba Fett has been written and now it is time for him to return in full to The Mandalorian. Last we saw Fett, he had fully cemented himself as the new Daimyo of Jabba’s empire on Tatooine. Now, it seems that Boba still has some unfinished business to take care of in the galaxy.

“We’ve got to bring him back somewhere. We’ve got to see the old Boba Fett.”

“We reintroduced him. We found out some stuff. But I think it’s time to get him back to his badass ways. No two ways around that. So, I think we sort of have that scope to go back there, but that’s out of my control. I’ll just see what happens.”

Seems like the soft hearted Boba Fett that we saw in Book is something that Temuera Morrison is eager to get away from, but we will see if Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni agree.

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