As the Star Wars fandom awaits the next chapter in the Mandalorian saga — The Book of Boba Fett this December — Season 3 of showrunner Jon Favreau’s and executive producer Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian is gaining steam.
With production on the third season seemingly hitting various hurdles along the way, it may not be until 2023 that fans get to see the new adventures of Pedro Pascal’s Din Djarin as he handles being the owner of the Darksaber and as a result, the rightful ruler of Mandalore. Now, a new report has detailed a possible leaked scene that could make for a historic moment in the Star Wars galaxy.
The Mandalorian has done as much on screen as it has behind the scenes for the Star Wars franchise. In a post-sequel trilogy world, The Mandalorian‘s second season somewhat stitched a divided fandom back together with its impressive two seasons and that action-packed Season 2 finale. Bringing Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker back in a shocking cameo, Pascal’s titular bounty hunter finally completed his quest of getting Grogu AKA “Baby Yoda” into the hands of the Jedi. While this moment rightfully stole the show, another, darker situation was occurring.
After winning the Darksaber from Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) in combat, Din Djarin became the rightful ruler of Mandalore, something fellow Mandalorian, and leader of the Nite Owls, Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) so desperately wanted. For the importance of the Darksaber we can turn to Lucasfilm darling, Dave Filoni, he said:
“George wrote that little speech [about the Darksaber] for Pre Vizsla […] What I added to that was this idea that the Darksaber was Mandalorian-made. That it was something that the Mandalorians felt was part of their heritage would make it way more valuable.”
StarWars.com goes on to add:
While not much is known about Tarre Vizsla, we do know he is a revered figure on Mandalore who later became one of its rulers. His legacy was so well-respected that the Darksaber became a symbol of power the Mandalorians rallied behind as they supported the leader wielding it.
The weapon has passed from former Sith Maul (Sam Witwer) to Kannan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr.) to Sabine Wren (Tiya Sircar), and many others, — the latter famously gave Bo-Katan the Darksaber in Star Wars Rebels following the war on Mandalore. The ownership of the Darksaber is so instilled in Mandalorian heritage that Bo-Katan’s want to reclaim it has been her driving force in Favreau’s Disney+ series. But now, it’s Din Djarin’s so what next?
**Possible spoilers for The Mandalorian Season 3**
A new report from Making Star Wars has revealed a scene with multiple Mandalorians joining Pascal’s eponymous hero on Mandalore. Not much is known about the fate of Mandalore following the Galactic Empire’s occupation of the planet and its subsequent ruling by Bo-Katan. As the Star Wars galaxy zoomed towards the New Republic era, the Empire, with Moff Gideon’s involvement, enacted the “Great Purge” resulting in a near-total genocide of the Mandalorians. However, that could be all about to change.
Per the leaked scene:
At present, Star Wars: The Mandalorian is preparing to film a sequence for the third season of the series. The sequence is currently casting actors and finding creative ways to use fan costumers in the sequence [sic: sequence] to fill around 75 different Mandalorian suits of armor. It is my understanding that the featured Mando will cast local actors whereas the background moments will use costumers from the fandom.
The report goes on to add:
It appears that Boba Fett and Din Djarin’s path is one many Mandlorian’s took after Palpatine’s plans tore the galaxy apart, including Mandalore. An interesting tidbit is that these 75 Mandos are also going to do some armor swapping of pieces to create even more variants to be seen on screen. Depending on what they need, that can lead to a whole lot of combinations for these dingy, yet colorful sequences.
The report ends by alluding to the context behind such an epic team-up of Mandalorian warriors. Allegedly, Din Djarin will issue a call for help across the Star Wars galaxy and with the whispers of his new status as the rightful ruler of Mandalore, help indeed comes in the form of these 75 patchwork-armored, Beskar-clad, Mandalorians. If it comes to fruition it may even replace the Luke Skywalker cameo in Mando Season 2 as the most shocking moment in the TV show.
Following Temuera Morrison’s The Book of Boba Fett fans can expect Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi to debut next year. While the news of Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano series, Ahsoka, is still out, The Mandalorian‘s potential 2023 release could signal this new spinoff’s imminent arrival in the Star Wars universe too. At this time Rangers of the New Republic — Gina Carano’s (Cara Dune) rumored series — is “no longer in active development”.
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