As of late, with multi-platform universes, sequence, sequels, and spin-offs being greenlit at a breakneck tempo, and characters bleeding over from property to property, maintaining along with your favourite characters now appears like a full-time job. The newest sufferer of this phenomenon seems to be The Mandalorian, which unveiled the trailer for its extremely anticipated third season throughout the NFL playoffs this weekend—however finally left some followers questioning what they’d missed.
“Our persons are scattered like stars in a galaxy. What are we? What will we stand for?” Mando (a.ok.a. Din Djarin) narrates over the trailer’s opening pictures. “Being a Mandalorian is not only studying about learn how to battle. You additionally must know learn how to navigate the galaxy. That approach, you’ll by no means be misplaced.” The trailer teases the title character’s return to Mandalore, which would be the first time we really see his house planet, although it has been referenced in a number of episodes.
The trailer places Pedro Pascal’s Mandalorian entrance and heart with Grogu, the breakout character—higher often called Child Yoda—who has develop into an object of cultural fascination because the present’s 2019 premiere. On the finish of The Mandalorian’s second season, Grogu and Mando mentioned goodbye, with the little inexperienced man going off to coach with Luke Skywalker (a transparent nod to his connection to Yoda).
Now, right here’s the place issues get funky. Mando appeared in three episodes of the Guide of Boba Fett, a spin-off sequence, centered across the beloved bounty hunter from the OG Star Wars movies, that did not earn the crucial reward and cultural foothold of its predecessor. Grogu additionally confirmed up in two of these episodes, and the primary season of Boba Fett ends with him selecting between becoming a member of the Jedi and reuniting with the Mandalorian. He finally makes use of the Drive to assist Mando, Boba, and the gang, earlier than reuniting along with his behelmed buddy and caretaker and flying off for brand spanking new adventures.
Somebody who opted to not watch The Guide of Boba Fett can have just about no concept how Grogu and The Mandalorian reunited—a incontrovertible fact that’s drawing the ire of followers on-line. This can be a drawback distinctive to our age of interconnected fictional universes, the place understanding what’s happening in a single program requires familiarity with a number of different totally different reveals. (It’s a criticism that has been levied in opposition to Marvel, notably because the MCU has grown in measurement and scope with the run of Disney+ reveals starting in 2021, the place for instance, watching the TV sequence WandaVision was key to understanding the broad plot beats of the movie Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity.)
The primary episode of The Mandalorian’s third season arrives on March 1, whereas the destiny of The Guide of Boba Fett stays unknown. There are nonetheless a fantastic many mysteries to discover on the heart of The Mandalorian. Let’s simply hope that the solutions might be present in…The Mandalorian.