When The Mandalorian debuted on the Disney+ streaming service on November 12, 2019, it did something that no Star Wars project has done since Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. It reminded Star Wars fans why we love a galaxy far, far away.
The authentic storytelling, the adventures through the galaxy, and the emotional connection we felt to the characters were all vintage Star Wars. For two seasons now, showrunner Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni have taken us on a journey alongside Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu, with both new and familiar faces along the way.
We’ve met Mos Pelgo Marshal Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) on Tatooine, run into Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) on Corvus, and battled Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) Dark Trooper squadron alongside Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) on an Imperial cruiser.
Then, Djarin delivered Grogu to Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (CGI Mark Hamill) and everything changed.
All of a sudden, fans knew The Mandalorian Season 3 would no longer follow the adventures of Djarin and his tiny foundling. Instead, something new would have to happen.
With interconnected series Ahsoka and The Book of Boba Fett set to expand The Mandalorian universe, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Star Wars fans’ new favorite beskar-clad bounty hunter might not need to be the center of the show anymore.
In the Star Wars timeline, The Mandalorian‘s first two seasons took place approximately five years after Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) and about 25 years prior to Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015).
Thanks to a flashback scene in the sequel trilogy, we know that during those two-and-a-half decades, Ben Solo (Adam Driver), well on his way to becoming Kylo Ren, set fire to his uncle Luke Skywalker’s new Jedi Academy, killing the Padawans inside. We can now safely assume that Grogu would have been one of those students.
We don’t know, of course, if Grogu was present at the time of Solo’s destruction — if, however, it turns out that he was, there exists the disturbing possibility that Djarin will meet his demise saving his “Child”.
This would certainly be quite a ways off in the Mandalorian timeline, allowing for at least one more season of stories before Djarin’s death. We still have to tie up the ongoing Darksaber storyline with Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), for example, and, potentially, see Mara Jade Skywalker make her Star Wars canon debut alongside Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Intriguingly, Esposito previously shared that he had heard on-set rumors of four seasons of The Mandalorian being planned. This information, coupled with the fact that Pascal has hinted at a major time jump coming soon, could be setting things up for an epic Season 4 in which we finally meet a young Kylo Ren and see exactly what happened to Grogu at Skywalker’s Jedi Temple.
ScreenRant summed it up well:
No one seriously expects a happily-ever-after in The Mandalorian’s world of scum and villainy, and if one of the main duo must perish, it’s natural that the father give his life for the son. It’d take a brave Lucasfilm executive to green-light Grogu getting skewered by Kylo Ren (or, indeed, becoming a Knight of Ren), and Din Djarin riding to the last-minute rescue makes the most thematic sense as a conclusion to The Mandalorian, neatly bridging the canon gap between Disney+ and the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
What do you think? Will Djarin ultimately die saving Grogu from Ben Solo’s wrath?