Strike Could Mean There’s “Not a Chance” ‘Mandalorian’ Releases Before 2023

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Yesterday, The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) approved the first strike in their 128-year history with a landslide vote.

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Per the official IATSE website:

In the 13 West Coast local unions, where members work under the Basic Agreement, it was required that 75 percent of members voting in each local union approve the strike vote for that local union to authorize a strike. The same conditions applied to the 23 locals across the nation located in production hubs including Georgia, Louisiana, Illinois, and New Mexico operating under the Area Standards Agreement. That threshold was exceeded in all 36 local unions with none reporting less than 96 percent voting to authorize a strike.

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It has been confirmed that Walt Disney World Resort IATSE union employees will not participate in this historic strike, while news about Disneyland Resort workers has not yet been confirmed.

It is, however, expected that this massive strike will impact workers on numerous Hollywood productions, likely including The Mandalorian Season 3, which recently began filming.

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The third season of showrunner Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni’s hit Star Wars series has been fraught with challenges, beginning with the firing of Cara Dune actress Gina Carano in February 2021.

Carano was let go by Lucasfilm, Ltd. and The Walt Disney Company following a series of controversial Tweets throughout The Mandalorian Season 2. Her firing derailed one of three planned Mandalorian spinoffs — Rangers of the New Republic, which Carano was set to star in, has been placed on indefinite hold.

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Then, The Mandalorian Season 3 faced apparent production delays due to both the COVID-19 pandemic and leading man Pedro Pascal’s involvement in HBO’s The Last of Us adaptation.

Now, just as things are finally getting underway for Season 3, it appears that the IATSE strike could further hinder the show’s release date. The most recent estimates for the show’s release indicate it isn’t likely to premiere until late 2022.

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Star Wars fans, though, are convinced that the strike means they will be waiting until sometime in 2023 to see Pascal’s bounty hunter Din Djarin, Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”), and all of their companions again.

Reddit user makeyoufeeldejavu shared a theoretical release schedule for Star Wars shows on Disney+ next year based on rumors that Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen’s Obi-Wan Kenobi will drop in May:

So could the schedule possibly be:

TBOBF Dec-Feb

The Bad Batch S2 Feb-May

Kenobi May-June

Andor July-October

Mando S3 October-December

Could swap Andor with The Bad Batch, I think

Edit: yea with the strike possibly happening, Mando S3 def might be delayed till 2023. Worth it tho if the workers that help make these shows great finally get the pay and working conditions they deserve

Another user, Ezio926, agreed that there is “not a chance” of seeing The Mandalorian before 2023, at least if the strike lasts for any length of time:

Bad Batch is taking the summer spot for sure. Andor will be at the end of the year, and there’s not a chance Mando is releasing this year with the strike.

As for what we can expect next in The Mandalorian, few details have been confirmed — Favreau and Filoni are notoriously tight-lipped about their projects — but both Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon) and Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze) have indicated that the Darksaber storyline will continue.

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During the Peyton Reed-directed Season 2 finale episode (“Chapter 16: The Rescue”), Djarin won the black-bladed saber in battle with Gideon, making him the de facto ruler of planet Mandalore. This, of course, angered Kryze who wants the ancient Mandalorian weapon to avenge her sister, Duchess Satine Kryze’s, death at the hands of Darth Maul.

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The episode also saw the epic return Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (CGI Mark Hamill), who swooped in to save Djarin, Kryze, Dune, Grogu, Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks), and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) from the Moff and his Dark Trooper droids. Skywalker departed with Grogu as his new Jedi Padawan, and the duo is rumored to be receiving their own show in addition to possible Mandalorian saga appearances.

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One thing we do know for sure — bounty hunter Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Shand will return in The Book of Boba Fett on December 29, 2021, marking the first page in the “next chapter” of the “Mando-verse”.

When do you think The Mandalorian Season 3 will actually premiere?

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