With The Mandalorian season 3 already halfway done, it feels as if there are still a few too many unanswered questions to fit into the final four episodes. Episodes 1-4 of The Mandalorian season 3 have been phenomenal, with enticing storylines and perhaps unexpected character developments.
Despite the excellence so far, though, there are still some questions fans are rightfully expecting to be answered in the coming episodes.
*Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian season 3*
Who is the real enemy here?
Before The Mandalorian season 3 began, there was a lot of speculation as to whether Bo-Katan would turn out to be the villain of this story. Whilst this is still possible, for now, she seems pretty content with her new situation.
Something that seems unnerving, however, is The Armorer‘s reaction to Bo-Katan admitting she sees a Mythosaur whilst exploring Mandalore. Though Din is present, only Bo-Katan witnesses the emergence of the mighty beast in the living waters. The Armorer appears unbothered. This could be because she simply doesn’t believe Bo, but could she have known about the beast’s presence all along?
Din Djarin and Bo-Katan’s differing beliefs on Mandalorians have been brought up a lot in the new season; Bo-Katan consistently refers to Din’s group as a cult and Din busts myths that Bo grew up on. With Bo-Katan now joining the group said cult, what could this mean for her future as a Mandalorian?
There is a lot that needs to be unpacked relating to this subject in the remaining episodes of The Mandalorian season 3. Will Bo-Katan remain a Child of the Watch? Will Din keep his helmet on and make his redemption last?
The Big Bad
Perhaps the main antagonist of The Mandalorian season 3 hasn’t been revealed yet. Many fans are theorizing about the potential return of Moff Gideon. In his recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, Giancarlo Esposito teased, “The odds are good that you’re gonna see [Gideon] soon.” This obviously led to fans anticipating the character’s return in the remaining episodes.
Of course, it is possible for Gideon to have escaped the clutches of the New Republic after his capture in “Chapter 16: The Rescue,” but is his return too predictable?
Another popular fan theory, though, is the appearance of one Grand Admiral Thrawn. Thrawn is an imperial military leader of the disbanded Galactic Empire, which gives way to the New Republic. This links to the related unanswered question:
What is the relevance of episode three?
The fan-dividing third episode of The Mandalorian season 3 came across to come viewers as unnecessary. It follows our protagonists for only around ten minutes, then spends the remaining time telling the story of a New Republic amnesty programme that helps ex-imperial officers start a new life. Inside said programme, however, lies a traitor. Elia Kane.
Viewers will recognise Elia as a Communications Officer working onboard Moff Gideon’s star cruiser in previous seasons. Whilst she initially appears improved by the amnesty programme, it is later revealed that she remains unchanged in her ways. This has led viewers to believe Kane is acting as a spy for the Empire inside the New Republic to identify weaknesses and gather information on their enemy (we see later in the timeline that the New Republic evolves into The First Order).
Going forward, it will be interesting to see if and when we return to the Empire and its accomplices, who bombs Bo-Katan’s home, and who really is the main antagonist of the season.
The fate of the Darksaber
We obviously know that the current wielder of the Darksaber is Din Djarin. He obtains the weapon after a confrontation with Moff Gideon in the season two finale. This displeases Bo-Katan, as her goal is to win the Darksaber in battle herself—in order to reunite and rule the people of Mandalore. Though her mission is unsuccessful, she still has a close eye on the Darksaber.
In The Mandalorian season three, episode two, we finally see Bo-Katan use the Darksaber in her attempt to rescue Din. It is clear that she is more capable and trained in use of the legendary weapon, as she flawlessly executes the threat at hand. In the same episode, we see Din struggle to use the Darksaber, the same issue he has during his appearance in The Book of Boba Fett. Whilst The Armorer attempted to ease Din’s mind with tips on using the weapon, we can see her words have no effect.
In The Book of Boba Fett, we see Paz Vizsla challenge Din Djarin in the hopes of obtaining the weapon forged by his ancestor, Tarre Vizsla. After a brutal battle, Paz yields, leading Din to keep custody of the weapon. With Vizsla still on the scene in The Mandalorian season 3, is it possible he will continue to fight for the weapon he believes he deserves?
But who else could get involved with the Darksaber?
With Ahsoka coming to Disney+ in 2023 and potentially introducing some Star Wars: Rebels characters into live-action, many fans are speculating about the appearance of Sabine Wren in The Mandalorian season 3. Sabine is heavily involved with the Darksaber in Rebels and if her character is set to make an appearance in Ahsoka, it could make sense for them to introduce her in The Mandalorian.
An Ahsoka trailer could be on the way in a couple of weeks at Star Wars Celebration London, which takes place one week before The Mandalorian season 3 finale airs. With these events lining up, could audiences be in for a treat at the Lucasfilm panels at the convention? Stay tuned to Agents of Fandom for plenty of SWC coverage!
In the last few weeks, it has also been heavily rumoured that a certain Gunslinger and Bounty Hunter could be returning to our screens in The Mandalorian season three. Might we see Din calling upon his old friends Fennec Shand and Boba Fett for some backup this season? We hope so!
Will Grogu become a Mandalorian?
He has his armour, and he’s killing it in training…but will Grogu reach his full potential and become a fully pledged Mandalorian? Din explains in episode four that Grogu is not old enough to speak the creed, therefore not old enough to wear a helmet or be anything other than a foundling in training. Perhaps there is more to it than that, though.
Tarre Vizsla, who forged the Darksaber, was the first and only Mandalorian Jedi. He was a force-sensitive Mandalorian who was introduced to the Jedi order as a child—the first of his kind to do so. In The Book of Boba Fett, we see Grogu choose his own path as either a Mandalorian or a Jedi, after Luke Skywalker lets him choose between Beskar armour and a Lightsaber. Whilst Grogu selects the path of a Mandalorian, it’s evident that he is still force sensitive.
Could we potentially see Grogu follow Tarre Vizsla’s footsteps and become the second Mandalorian Jedi? This could be a complex yet epic path for Grogu to follow in The Mandalorian season 3. One that makes for more adorable spin-offs.
What of the Mythosaur?
As mentioned before, Bo-Katan reveals to The Armorer that she saw a Mythosaur in the living waters of Mandalore. The Armorer appears unbothered, or perhaps just in disbelief, as their ancestors are said to have extinguished the beasts from their home world. Many of the Mandalorians’ beliefs are forged because of the legends of the Mythosaurs, and their signets feature the creature as a symbol of unity amongst all of their kind.
It is unclear whether we will return to Mandalore in The Mandalorian season 3, but if we do, will the Mythosaur’s existence be recognised, or ignored? Bo-Katan clearly carries her discovery with her, and it will be interesting to see whether she reveals the truth to Din about what pulled him into the living waters.
The Mandalorian season 3 coverage
All eyes are on The Mandalorian as we venture into the next half of season three. Will viewers be left satisfied, or will these questions remain unanswered and leave us on edge?
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