The new trailer for The Mandalorian season 3 reveals a major change in Din Djarin’s story. When viewers were introduced to Din Djarin, he was essentially a lone gunslinger – a bounty hunter seeking to acquire beskar for the Mandalorian sect that had brought him up. The character has changed significantly over the last few years, though, in large part because of his relationship with a diminutive alien named Grogu. Din was originally hired to capture Grogu by an Imperial remnant, but chose to abandon his mission and instead become Grogu’s protector – and father figure.
Grogu briefly left Din Djarin to train under Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, but returned to his side in The Book of Boba Fett. Unfortunately, although he’s gained Grogu as part of his found family, Din Djarin has lost other parts of his identity. The end of The Mandalorian season 2 saw Din Djarin betray his oaths for Grogu’s sake, removing his helmer in the presence of others. Now estranged from the sect who raised him, Din must find a way to prove himself worthy. The issue is made even more complicated due to the fact he now possesses the Darksaber, an ancient weapon whose owner is supposed to be the rightful heir of Mandalore. Disney has now released a full trailer for The Mandalorian season 3, teasing how those plot threads will continue.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Trailer Sets Up Din Djarin’s Status Quo
The Mandalorian season 3 trailer opens by reminding viewers how important Mandalorian culture is to Din Djarin. This is partly done through shots of the show’s hero standing alongside new Mandalorian warriors; but it’s also accomplished through a striking voice-over, a meditation on Mandalorian culture and history. Din Djarin identifies himself more closely with his people than ever before, giving a poignant image of the Mandalorian diaspora as he describes his people scattered like stars in the sky.
Din Djarin Is Teaching Grogu To Be A Mandalorian
The theme of Mandalorian culture and heritage runs on into Din Djarin’s relationship with Grogu. The Book of Boba Fett saw Luke Skywalker offer Grogu a choice – to be a Jedi or a Mandalorian. Grogu chose to return to Din Djarin, and now he is being trained in the ways of the Mandalorians. The two are clearly becoming closer than ever before, helped by the fact Din now flies a modified N-1 Naboo starfighter. This is technically a one-man ship; Grogu can either rest in what was once an Astromech port, or share the cockpit with his father figure.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Sends Din Djarin On A Quest To Mandalore
The Mandalorian season 3 heads to Mandalore, the ancestral home of the Mandalorians. The planet was devastated by the Empire during the Dark Times of the Empire’s reign, and its beautiful domed city lies in ruins. Din Djarin must return to Mandalore to perform a sacred ritual that will cleanse him in the eyes of his sect, the Children of the Watch. Although it’s not teased in the trailer for The Mandalorian season 3, it’s likely this will bring him into head-on collision with rival would-be Mandalorian leader, Bo-Katan Kryze.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Returns To Tatooine
Luke Skywalker may have complained his homeworld was the planet farthest from the galaxy’s bright center, but Tatooine turns up a lot in Star Wars. One shot in The Mandalorian season 3’s trailer shows Din Djarin leaving Tatooine, being waved off by his friend Peli Motto and one of her pit droids. Boba Fett is now Tatooine’s pre-eminent crime boss, so it’s possible this shot hints at a cameo from Boba Fett as well. Boba has his own convoluted history with the Mandalorians, and it would be interesting to explore that farther.
A Tantalizing Glimpse Of Coruscant After The Empire
The Mandalorian season 3 trailer offers viewers a glimpse of Coruscant, where Republic Captain Carson Teva is warning of dark forces stirring in the Outer Rim. The first two seasons of The Mandalorian hinted at an Imperial resurgence, one potentially led by Grand Admiral Thrawn – a skilled military strategist who was lost in a hyperspace accident shortly before the destruction of the first Death Star. It’s surprising to see the Republic government on Coruscant; although the city-planet served as capital of the galaxy for millennia, tie-in books suggested the Republic settled elsewhere after the Empire’s defeat. By the time of the sequel trilogy, the New Republic had claimed the planet Hosnian Prime as their capital.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Features Another Order 66 Flashback
The trailer for The Mandalorian season 3 features a flashback to Order 66, likely meaning there will be more revelations about Grogu’s backstory. He may seem like a child, but Grogu’s race age at a slower rate than humans, and he was originally brought up in the Jedi Temple prior to the Purge. Grogu was somehow rescued from the temple, although details of his escape are still currently mysterious. The Book of Boba Fett revealed the experience traumatized him, meaning Grogu’s memories are confused. A full-on flashback to Order 66 could well resolve the mystery – and it could potentially feature a surprise cameo from Anakin Skywalker himself, who led the Purge.
The Empire Is On Mandalore
The Empire seem to be on Mandalore, with a number of shots from the trailer showing Din Djarin attempting to evade Imperial pursuit. Attentive viewers will notice the pilots are flying TIE-Defenders, heavily-armed vehicles associated with Grand Admiral Thrawn. It’s possible the Empire has claimed the dead planet of Mandalore as a major base of operations; that would certainly explain why Moff Gideon, the previous owner of the Darksaber, was a major figure in the resurgent Empire.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Introduces A Droid Bar
The Mandalorian season 3 offers a glimpse of a delightful new location, a droid bar. This is an amusing inversion of the Mos Eisley Cantina in the original Star Wars film, where droids weren’t allowed. Tie-ins have revealed anti-droid prejudice was a long-standing consequence of the Clone Wars, and it’s striking to see droids now accepted to the degree they are allowed their own establishment – a hint the galaxy really is healing at last. There are even Clone Wars battle droids at the bar.
The Mandalorians Are At War – But Who Are They Fighting?
All Mandalorian factions are warriors first and foremost, and it’s no surprise to see some groups of Mandalorians waging war in the trailer for season 3. It’s unclear who these Mandalorians are fighting, though; they seem to be aliens, and may perhaps be other bounty hunters. It’s entirely possible some of these Mandalorian groups will wind up going against one another over the course of The Mandalorian season 3.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Hints At The Return Of Babu Frik
There’s a great deal of evidence The Mandalorian season 3 will feature a cameo from Babu Frik, the delightful Anzellan droidsmith introduced in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. He would fit well with the subtle theme of droid empowerment that seems to be weaving its way through The Mandalorian season 3, and the trailer confirms there are certainly other Anzellans in the show. Hopefully this means Babu Frik himself will play an important role.