February 10, 2021, was quite the day on social media for Mandalorian fans. One minute, everyone is up in flames over the news of Gina Carano’s forced exit from the show, and the next, everyone is celebrating the news of the show’s lead, Pedro Pascal, being cast in HBO’s video game adaptation The Last of Us. The question remained, what would happen to Carano’s character, Cara Dune? This week’s premiere of The Mandalorian season three answers that question.
*Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian’s season three premiere*
What happened with Gina Carano?
There were complaints from some fans about Gina Carano after controversial tweets were found from her account via her likes and posts. The liked tweets included racist, fascist content, leading to many accounts calling her out. This isn’t what got her fired, however.
Alongside endorsing racist tweets, Carano was also openly Pro-Trump and continuously mocked the use of pronouns, to the extent of going on a mass-blocking spree of anyone with pronouns displayed on their Twitter profile.
The incident which seemed to spark Disney’s response, however, was an Instagram story she reposted including incredibly antisemitic statements. A few days later, Variety reported that Gina Carano had been dropped by UTA and fired from The Mandalorian.
Fan reactions to Cara Dune news
Of course, many supporters of Carano were quick to jump in with the hashtags “Save Cara Dune” and “We Stand with Gina Carano,” but the majority were celebrating her departure. The last time we see Cara Dune is in the season two finale on board Moff Gideon’s Light Cruiser.
Now, Dune has her moments. Many fans understandably admitted how they enjoyed the character, they just wish she was portrayed by someone else. Questions were raised regarding her possible recast, but no such decision was ever made by Lucasfilm.
Future of Cara Dune in the Star Wars Universe revealed
In the season three premiere of The Mandalorian, Greef Karga confirms Marshall Dune has been recruited by Special Forces after her capture of Gideon, who is now serving time in a New Republic War Tribunal. It looks like we’ve seen the last of her, unless Disney decides to recast the character in the future. This possibility hasn’t yet even been mentioned, though.
Here at Agents of Fandom, we stand for equality and complete inclusivity for everyone. We have no room for opinions such as these in our community. Whilst there is still a long way to go in holding stars accountable for their actions and statements, Carano’s departure is a step in the right direction.
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