Breaking down the best parts of The Mandalorian Season 3 trailer

Despite a few bright spots – viz Rogue one and Andor – Disney’s message Star wars has pretty much was missing the huge appeal of the original trilogy, or even the prequels, for that matter, and apparently bottomed out with the disappointing one-two punch of The book about Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Now we have The Mandalorian Season 3, which looks to build on the success of Season 2 and, to a lesser extent, plot points established during the random episode in The book about Boba Fett. While I’m still not completely sold on the need for more Mando adventures, I’m still intrigued by the character. I remain invested enough to continue watching, if only to see how he and Grogu fit into the larger Star wars story.

With that said, let’s dive into the new The Mandalorian Season 3 trailer, examine some of its more enticing beats, and see if we can’t wrangle a few absurd theories along the way.

Grogu’s powers

Grogu originally started out as a mysterious creature on the internet aptly dubbed Baby Yoda (for obvious reasons), whose shadowy backstory served as the focal point of the overall story. What is he? Where does he come from? What is his purpose? Is he a reincarnated Yoda, back from the dead to help in the coming war? Or a powerful being destined for a greater (or more dangerous) purpose?

As it turns out, he is none of those things. Actually, from what I gathered in season 2 and The book about Boba FettGrogu is your typical Jedi youth in dire need of training – and that’s about it.

It does not mean The Mandolorian won’t give the guy more opportunities to show off his stuff. In the trailer, the green tike uses her Force powers to kick the bejesus out of an alien monster while cruising in her Professor X hover chair. It’s a fun little bit that teases Grogu’s newfound abilities, which should come in handy whenever he and Mando get into trouble.

The question is: how powerful will the child become? Want something – anything — lure him to the dark side? Will he turn on Mando at some point after discovering more about his past? Will he decide to kill Luke Skywalker after learning about Anakin/Darth Vader? Will he ever talk, and if he does, will he talk like Yoda? This season will let the kid do more than serve as a cute and cuddly supporting character. At some point he has to grow up and accomplish something beyond marketing plush toys.

More order 66

As we all know, Grogu is a survivor of Anakin Skywalker’s death march on the Jedi Temple during the famous Order 66. The book about Boba Fett gave us a brief glimpse of Grogu’s experiences that fateful night. That The Mandalorian season 3 The trailer ups the ante by showing four Jedi with lightsabers ignited as they wait by a door that looks like it’s about to be kicked in by Stormtroopers.

Colors me fascinated, if only because we’ve yet to get a proper glimpse of Anakin’s carnage outside of some cheesy holograms in Episode III and the goofy, shaky cam-plagued prologue that started Obi-Wan Kenobi. So why not kick Mando’s next adventure off on the right foot, Jon Favreau? Give the fans what they’ve been wanting to see since 2005!


Mando plans to return to Mandalore to ask for forgiveness for his past transgressions, which should be a fun side trip for him and Grogu – or one hell of a weekend!

In the Season 2 finale, Mando pissed off Bo-Katan when he beat Moff Gideon and unexpectedly inherited the legendary Darksaber – a weapon she had coveted ever since Gideon stole it from her. Bo-Katan wants to rule Mandalore, but can’t do it without the Darksaber… or something. There’s a lot of info packed into Rebels Season 3 detailing the weapon’s origins and how Bo-Katan acquired it in the first place, if you want to know the backstory; or watch one of a billion YouTube videos on the subject.

Anyway, I imagine Mando will go to Mandalore and bump into Bo-Katan, leading to an all-out brawl over the dark saber that will decide the fate of the planet and its people. The big money shot of the trailer sees a group of Mandalorians jump off a ship into a city, apparently to engage in a massive battle on Earth. Are they united behind King Mando, or is this a separate incident that has no bearing on the plot? Time will tell.


Snoke does not appear in The Mandalorian trailer, but plenty of chatter online suggests that Crackhead may appear in Season 3. Some have speculated that those cloning thoughts in Season 2, Episode 4 included Snoke clones, a theory marked by John Williams’ Snoke theme, that played over the soundtrack during the creepy scene.

Now the strange organisms in those tanks could be Dark Troopers or a brand new powerful soldier. So why would Dr. Pershing requires Grogu’s midi-chlorine blood if that was the case?

There are plenty of mysteries, but it will be interesting to see if and how Favreau and Co. incorporate Snoke into The Mandalorian series and whether fans enjoy seeing the pointless creature again. Will Favreau’s series will eventually give more weight to the sequel trilogy in the same way The Clone Wars helped prequels?

At the end of the trailer, we also see some Babu Frik-esque aliens watching the Mandalorian battle. Is this another hint that the new season will connect with plot points established in Rise of Skywalker?

Unite the Clans

At the beginning of the trailer, Mando notes that his people are scattered throughout the galaxy. “What are we,” he asks. “What do we stand for?” As mentioned above, will he use the Dark Saber to unite the clans and take on, um, whoever the bad guy is head-on? Or will his appearance create more disorder between the various Mandalorian factions?

One thing’s for sure: Mando’s helmet is 110% better than the clunky armor worn by his brothers and sisters. Time for an upgrade, folks!


In the worst VFX shot of the trailer, we see Dr. Pershing (I think?) cruising about Coruscant in a speeder. This is the second time we return to the old capital after its appearance in Andorand I am curious to see how its politics have changed since the fall of the Empire.

Pershing’s presence suggests that evil still lurks in the vibrant city, which has evidently remained a popular attraction despite serving as the Emperor’s headquarters.

An interesting tidbit is that the Republic set up shop in the Hosnian system, where it was eventually destroyed by Starkiller Base in The power is awakened. So what happened to Coruscant? Did it disintegrate after the emperor’s demise? Was it overtaken by aliens addicted to death sticks? Does Mon Mothma still own an apartment there? Will we see Luthen Rael?

Boba Fett Cameo

Another shot in the trailer sees Mando taking off from Mos Eisley as Peli Motto waves goodbye. Naturally, I assume our heroes will return to the overused desert planet of Tatooine and bump into everyone’s favorite former badass, Boba Fett. Since Mando almost stole the bounty hunter’s spotlight in his own series, it makes sense for the poor guy to get a few scenes in. The Mandalorianif only to bring balance to the Star Wars universe.

It would be fun if Mando finds Mos Eisley overrun by the goofy motorcycle gang.

Robot Orgy

Finally, the last thing that caught my attention was a canteen populated by droids. No really. Like everyone else Star wars droid is packed into one shot, including Battle droids, some R2 units, and the creepy RA-7 droid seen in A new hope. Clearly, the droid uprising paid off well for our battery-powered friends, which should make L3-37 happy.

There are plenty of other mysteries surrounding the trailer, like, what is Carl Weathers doing? What’s with the fireworks and the buried Mandalorian armor? Why do we keep going back to Tatooine? Why do most people do Disney Star wars locals look like Galaxy’s Edge? At least I’m cautiously optimistic that Mando will deliver in round three.

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