The Mandalorian season 3 has many integral Star Wars questions that could potentially be answered. With The Mandalorian being set during such a crucial point in the Star Wars timeline, there are many broader questions regarding the overall state of the galaxy that the show could shed light on. In addition to this, The Mandalorian season 3 promises to tell a seemingly more self-contained story than The Mandalorian season 2, which could lead to many Mando-centric answers being divulged.
Much of The Mandalorian season 2 centered on finding the Jedi to deliver Grogu to his kind. Through this, the show’s horizons broadened with appearances from massive Star Wars characters like Bo-Katan Kryze, Ahsoka Tano, and even Luke Skywalker. The involvement of these key players has massive implications for the Star Wars universe, and with their continued contributions in The Book of Boba Fett, The Mandalorian season 3 is only expected to continue the trend and reveal much about the franchise as a whole.
What Exactly Happened On The Night Of A Thousand Tears?
The first question that The Mandalorian season 3 can answer affects both the story of the show and the expansive Star Wars universe, which is addressing what happened on the Night of a Thousand Tears. The genocide was hinted at in previous seasons of The Mandalorian and finally shown in The Book of Boba Fett, and is known as the event that saw the Empire lay waste to Mandalore after Bo-Katan tried to lead the planet in revolution. As the Empire wanted full control of the galaxy, they committed this atrocity after realizing no one other than a Mandalorian could lead Mandalore, resulting in millions of Mandalorians being killed and Bo-Katan losing the Darksaber to Moff Gideon.
While this is known, it has largely been told or implied rather than shown in The Mandalorian. With The Mandalorian season 3 promising to return to Mandalore, as well as focusing more on Din Djarin’s possession of the Darksaber after Bo-Katan attempted to retrieve it, the season could divulge exactly what happened. Flashbacks to the massacre could be harrowing – albeit intriguing – to see and could flesh out a lot of the surrounding elements of The Mandalorian season 3’s story.
How Did Bo-Katan Lose The Darksaber?
A direct connection to the Night of a Thousand Tears, The Mandalorian season 3 needs to explain how Bo-Katan lost the Darksaber to Moff Gideon. As established throughout Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the Darksaber is won through combat – as is evidenced by Din Djarin winning it from Gideon in The Mandalorian season 2’s finale. Bo-Katan, however, was gifted the saber, which many Mandalorians believe cursed their downfall. Showcasing how Moff Gideon obtained the weapon would not only provide further depth to his character, but help established Bo-Katan’s motives and from of mind.
What’s Going On With Moff Gideon Now?
As for Moff Gideon, The Mandalorian season 3 has to provide details on what his story will be after being detained by Cara Dune aboard his frigate. Moff Gideon has been entirely absent from The Mandalorian season 3’s marketing, leading to the question of how significant a role he will play in the upcoming story. However, speaking with TVLine, actor Giancarlo Esposito stated that Gideon will be like a phoenix rising from the ashes, hinting at a much more menacing role for him after the seeming end to his character arc in The Mandalorian season 2.
What’s Happening On Coruscant In The Mandalorian Season 3?
One of the more intriguing elements from The Mandalorian season 3’s marketing is the return to Coruscant. A shot from the official trailer shows Dr. Pershing, the cloning doctor from The Mandalorian seasons 1 and 2, on Coruscant. With Coruscant formerly serving as capital of both the Republic and the Empire, its inclusion could lead to a number of possibilities. With Pershing also traveling there, The Mandalorian season 3 needs to answer what is happening and how it fits into the wider Star Wars story, potentially through confirming the theories of the show setting up the Star Wars sequels.
Who Saved Grogu During Order 66?
There’s more concerning Coruscant that needs resolution, but not in the present day: who saved Grogu during Order 66? As teased in both The Mandalorian season 2 and The Book of Boba Fett, Grogu was in the Jedi Temple during Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith when the Great Jedi Purge transpired. The official trailer for The Mandalorian season 3 seems to hint that the show will finally divulge who saved Grogu from certain doom. With Anakin Skywalker wiping out the younglings in the temple, the answer to this question could have massive ramifications for the Star Wars franchise.
Will There Be Another Major Star Wars Cameo?
To live up to the peaks of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett ,in which major Star Wars characters made appearances, the new season has a lot riding on if it will continue in its predecessors’ footsteps. In an interview with Comicbook.com, The Mandalorian series lead Pedro Pascal teased some surprises for the upcoming season that outdo those of Luke Skywalker. Pascal revealed that there are more secrets to keep, and now it remains to be seen if the likes of Han Solo or Princess Leia could be involved to outdo Luke’s arrival.
Will Din Djarin Become The Ruler Of Mandalore?
An expected major element of Din Djarin’s character for The Mandalorian season 3 will be his acceptance – or lack thereof – of his role as the leader of Mandalore. Technically, the person who has the right to lead Mandalore is whoever wields the Darksaber. The marketing material for The Mandalorian season 3 seems to hint that Din may take this role more seriously than first thought. From the trailers featuring lines of Mando stating his people are scattered and asking what they stand for to the official poster showing him wielding the Darksaber, his potential acceptance of this role will need to be answered in The Mandalorian season 3 as a key part in his development.
How Will The Mandalorian S3 Set Up Thrawn & Star Wars Crossovers?
In terms of the broader Star Wars TV universe, The Mandalorian season 3 will need to answer how it will set up future stories. During the Disney Investor’s Day event in December 2020, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced that Rangers of the New Republic and Ahsoka will tie into The Mandalorian, culminating in a crossover story event. While the former is likely canceled due to the firing of Gina Carano, Ahsoka and Skeleton Crew release later in 2023.
With both Ahsoka and The Mandalorian season 3 releasing in 2023, the latter will need to answer how it will set up the former and the crossover event. With Grand Admiral Thrawn seemingly being set up as the main villain of the Mandoverse, The Mandalorian season 3 needs to answer how this will all tie together to culminate in a crossover. Be this through another appearance of Ahsoka Tano or linking Moff Gideon and the Imperial Remnant to Thrawn himself, The Mandalorian season 3 could confirm a lot of answers pertaining to Star Wars’ future.
The Mandalorian season 3 debuts on Wednesday, March 1 on Disney+.