In celebration of Star Wars Day on May 4, Dave Filoni — one of the current masterminds behind the franchise, directing both The Clone Wars and The Mandalorian, while also creating Star Wars Rebels and The Bad Batch — made an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America (all about that corporate synergy, baby!) to discuss all things galaxy far, far away, including a tease of the upcoming third season of The Mandalorian.
“That’s a tricky one, you know I don’t like to go into those answers as much without my partner Jon Favreau here,” Filoni told Michael Strahan on Good Morning America when asked what he can reveal about season three of The Mandalorian.
“You know, it’s exciting: we’re both working on that, we’re both working on The Book of Boba Fett right now. So there’s a lot of new adventures coming up. I have to be careful, I can’t really say anything specific, but I think the Force will be strong with it.”
What can @dave_filoni tell us about season 3 of #TheMandalorian? "I think the Force will be strong with it, let’s just say that."#MayThe4th#MayThe4thBeWithYou#StarWarsDayhttps://t.co/i9rZzYvW4s pic.twitter.com/6hMl0yxryh
— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 4, 2021
Obviously, given the arrival of Luke Skywalker in the season two finale, it’s always been clear the Jedi are going to become a larger factor in the series: the question has simply been how much and how soon. Given Filoni’s choice of words there — “strong” — that’d suggest the answers to those questions are “a lot” and “soon”, respectively.
My personal theory has been that we’ll get regular updates on Grogu’s training. The Mandalorian has become such a pop-cultural behemoth it’s essentially the heir apparent to Game of Thrones in terms of how it dominates the zeitgeist. And a large portion of that success is due to the massive virality of Baby Yoda, who swiftly became recognizable to people who didn’t even watch the series. The notion that Disney would mothball the beloved, adorable Jedi-in-training for an entire season feels insane to me.
At this time, while season three of The Mandalorian doesn’t have an official release date, it’s expected to hit theaters in early 2022. Prior to that, The Book of Boba Fett will hit Disney+ in December.