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Season 3 of ‘The Mandalorian’ builds on show legacy, explores more of ‘The Way’

The Mandalorian and Grogu are back and this time, their adventures are joined by Bo-Katan Kryze.

Season three of The Mandalorian debuted on Disney+ on March 1. Eight episodes aired between then and April 19, and it looks like the show is here to stay.

Katee Sackhoff joins Pedro Pascal as the main characters of the show. Sackhoff, of course, reprises her role that originated in animation in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

The season largely focuses on Pascal and Sackhoff’s characters seeking to reclaim their home world of Mandalore. Although the early part of the season sees Bo-Katan largely having given up retaking Mandalore, she quickly joins Din Djarin and Grogu on Mandalore when Djarin needs her assistance.

Audiences see the remains of Mandalore for the first time in live-action this season. It’s clear Disney gave the show a huge budget, as the visuals are a sight to behold and rival visuals usually reserved for films.

The show delves more into the culture of Mandalorians, often seen through the lens of The Armorer (Emily Swallow), a character who remains somewhat of a mystery even after three seasons. It’s clear The Armorer is hugely knowledgeable in Mandalorian culture, and most characters defer to her regarding Mandalorian custom.

For one episode, the show breaks away from the main plot to focus on another character from the show: Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi), who since his previous appearances has been taken into a kind of reconditioning program of the New Republic. This episode (Chapter 19: The Covert) is a welcome departure from the main cadence of the series and it’s interesting to see how his character plays a larger role in the overall story as he joins forces with apparently reformed Imperial Eli Kane (Katy M. O’Brian).

The action of Pershing’s episode takes place on Coruscant, the capital of the Old Republic, The Empire and The New Republic that was front and center during the prequel trilogy. The planet’s visuals are just as stunning as they were in the prequel films and it’s nice to see a familiar planet that’s not a desert planet once again.

Probably most fascinating in this season is seeing Grogu start to embrace Mandalorian culture. While he was initially brought up as a Jedi, it’s clear his path is different from that and could encompass both cultures. We see Grogu learn The Way of Mandalorians and it’s clear he wishes to embrace that culture. That said, Grogu still relies on his Force powers and his training from Luke Skywalker as he travels with the Mandalorians.

With Sackoff now co-starring alongside Pascal, their characters almost function as a small family unit. Indeed, The Mandalorian and Bo-Katan can be seen as Grogu’s surrogate parents, and the visuals of the three of them further reinforce this point. There’s a moment during the final episode where the three of them fight alongside each other, and it’s like watching two parents fight along with their child.

All episodes of The Mandalorian from episode one of season one are streaming exclusively on Disney+. A fourth season is said to be in development, although there is no timeline on when we can expect to see it. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.

Until then, we’ve got the pending Ahsoka series, which will follow the former Jedi as she searches for both Grand Admiral Thrawn and Ezra Bridger, both of whom disappeared in the finale of Rebels. Thrawn is even mentioned in the penultimate episode of season three of The Mandalorian, so it is possible we may see our favorite Mandalorians (and Grogu) sooner rather than later. Only time will tell.

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