IS THE MANDALORIAN OVER?March 1, 2021
The Mandalorian, created by Jon Favreau for Disney+, is some of the best content set in a galaxy far far away. Set in the Star Wars universe, after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi and before the rise of the First Order, the Mandalorian manages to tell great Star Wars stories without focusing on the eternal struggle between Jedi and Sith.
Season 2 of the Mandalorian ended in December of 2020 and managed to tie the story of Din Djarin and Grogu (formerly known as Baby Yoda) into the larger Star Wars narrative, both on the small and large screens.
Fan favorite characters from the Clone Wars made their live-action debuts, setting up future storylines and potential spinoffs that will keep the wheels on the Star Wars train churning for a long time and the finale…enough said.
However, some concerns have begun to crop up following the jaw dropping finale that season 2 delivered and now many fans are wondering if season 2 of the Mandalorian was the last we’ll see of Din Djarin and Baby Yoda (sorry, Grogu).
THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT
The Mandalorian season 2 saw the return of the greatest bounty hunter who never did anything to earn that reputation. Temuera Morrison slipped into his Original Trilogy role like a well-made glove and proceeded to surpass that incarnation almost instantly.
Then, in a post-credit scene in the season 2 finale, Boba Fett proceeds to Jabba’s palace on Tatooine where he immediately eliminates Bibb Fortuna, Jabba the Hutt’s servant, and takes over.
This sets up a new series that will premiere in December of 2021.
Given how Boba Fett is an immensely popular and well-established part of the Star Wars galaxy, it might not be unreasonable that he might replace the newcomer Din Djarin.
Of course, this is unlikely as Disney (and the Star Wars fandom) would prefer to have two separate but interconnected series featuring both characters.
But another issue may force their hand.
HBO’S THE LAST OF US
Sony, in a deal with HBO, is set to produce a TV adaptation of their hit survival horror game franchise. The Last of Us is considered to be a masterpiece when it comes to storytelling in video games. Reaction to the sequel was…mixed but there was still enough positive acclaim around it to earn many video game awards.
Pedro Pascal, who played the titular Mandalorian for Disney+ has been cast as Joel, one of the leads of the series.
Scheduling is always a difficult proposition when making movies and series and the current pandemic doesn’t guarantee any kind of reduced struggle in that area.
The usual approach if it was obvious that the situation was going to be untenable would be to recast the role of Din Djarin but that would create massive backlash from the fans.
Now, actors have become almost synonymous with the roles they play. Harrison Ford is Han Solo in the way that Alden Ehrenreich could never be, despite a valiant effort and Carrie Fisher (rest her soul) will always be Leia Organa.
If the actor cannot appear to play his role or if casting another to take his place proves too unpopular, then the only alternative would be to end the Mandalorian at season 2 and focus on some of their other spinoffs.
Speaking of which…
THE DISNEY+ STAR WARS UNIVERSE
Disney’s 2020 Investor Day probably should have been scheduled for May the 4th, given how much Star Wars content was paraded.
Some of the spinoffs announced are based on the IP established by the content that predates The Mandalorian like Original, Prequel and Sequel movies and the Clone Wars. The likes of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Lando Calrissian, Andor, the Bad Batch, etc. are all coming from a part of the previous part of the galaxy far far away.
Others like Ahsoka, Rangers of the New Republic, the Book of Boba Fett, etc. are all directly spinning off the Mandalorian. Season 2 took great strides to flesh out the world and give us compelling reasons to stick with the spinoffs.
With all these planned series, it might be in Disney’s best (or financial) interests to close production on season 3 of the Mandalorian to avoid spreading the resources, both human and economic, too thin.
That would lead to some subpar offerings from Star Wars and create too many negative fan reactions.
Speaking of negative reactions…
THE GINA CARANO SITUATION
Gina Carano, a former mixed martial artist, plays former rebel shock trooper turned Marshal of the New Republic Cara Dune.
Oh correction…she played that role.
She was under fire on various social media platforms for her conservative views, with the hashtag #FireGinaCarano trending online.
Surprisingly Disney didn’t immediately act in reaction to the negative social media buzz and many assumed that the cancel culture mob had failed to deprive her of the role.
Then Disney fired the actress citing a post she made that compared the treatment of Jewish people in Nazi Germany to that of the conservatively minded in America as the reason.
The reaction was swift and mixed, some praised Disney for the move, others characterized the move as hypocritical on the part of Disney and some others pointed out how Disney’s actions basically proved Gina’s point.
This came right before Pedro Pascal was cast as Joel in The Last of Us, creating more doubt that there would be a third season of the Mandalorian.
At this point, speculation is all that there is until Disney formally makes a statement confirming that any of this is true.
However, the situation surrounding the entirety of season 3 of The Mandalorian and the fact that not everything at play here can be controlled might create that cascade of events that ends up derailing the Mandalorian’s third season.