The Mandalorian Primer: What you need to know before Season 3 debuts

Get ready for another epic season of galactic adventures from everyone’s favorite space duo—bounty hunter Din Djarin and Grogu, a foundling with a strong connection to the Force—in the highly awaited third season of The Mandalorian, coming to Disney+ on March 1, 2023. 

The past two seasons have garnered critical acclaim and are enjoyed by new and long-time Star Wars fans alike. As the New Republic struggles to keep the peace together, The Mandalorian must meet with old allies and face new enemies while he and Grogu explore the galaxy.

Before the new season starts, here are some things you need to know to get up to speed. 

The story so far

The Child and the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) in THE MANDALORIAN, exclusively on Disney+

The first season of The Mandalorian begins with the story of the titular character (Din Djarin), a space bounty hunter who takes on contracts to kill or capture targets. He is tasked to hunt down The Child/Grogu, a mysterious youngling. Upon meeting The Child, The Mandalorian decides to go on the run and not honor the contract. This leads to a journey that becomes a fight for survival as they try to take down The Client, the man responsible for putting up the contract. 

Giancarlo Esposito is Mof Gideon in the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN.

This ends with them making an enemy out of Moff Gideon, who was a part of the Galactic Empire that once ruled the galaxy. The Mandalorian and the Child then formed a new clan as they set off on a journey to learn more about the latter’s true origins.

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in Lucasfilm’s THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+. © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

In the second season, Grogu is abducted by the enemy. This leads to a dramatic rescue and a fight between Din Djarin and Moff Gideon, which ends with Djarin getting a weapon called the Darksaber and saving Grogu. The end of the second season saw Grogu wanting to train to become a Jedi. He then bids Din Djarin goodbye in an emotional farewell.  

Grogu’s origin and powers

Ahsoka Tano meets Grogu

Grogu is one of the show’s biggest stars. We learned more about his abilities and origin story in the second season. His name was revealed by Ahsoka Tano, along with his past as a Jedi in training. We also see Grogu become more comfortable using his powers and abilities, even helping Din Djarin during fights. They include telepathy, telekinesis, healing wounds, calming beasts, and even masking his own abilities to protect himself.

While the second season shared more information about Grogu’s origins, the mystery of who rescued him when he was younger remains. 

Who will claim the Darksaber?

The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) in Lucasfilm’s THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+. © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

A legendary weapon from Din Djarin’s home planet of Mandalore, its holder can claim the right to rule the planet. Realizing the power that this weapon holds, he has the choice to stake his claim. However, Bo-Katan, one of his trusted allies, is Mandalore’s rightful heir and needs the Darksaber 

New adventures await Din Djarin and Grogu in The Mandalorian Season 3, catch them on Disney+ on March 1, 2023. 


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