The Mandalorian Season 3 is expected to fully deal with the aftermath of Din Djarin's possession of the Darksaber and the reaction of other Mandalorians led by Katee Sackhoff's Bo-Katan. First official footage from the show revealed that Bo-Katan will lead the opposition against Mando in Season 3, with a scene teasing a thrilling encounter with Grogu. While this sequence didn't confirm if Bo-Katan will be the main villain of the show, it does indicate that she will use some sinister means to take the throne of Mandalore.
In addition, the threat of Moff Gideon is rumored to still be present in Season 3, with a report stating that the villain will receive a big upgrade in the upcoming installments. Carl Weathers, who plays Greef Karga in the series and also serves as director, also teased the show's complex story, saying that it involves "many, many different stories within the story."
Now, it seems that one of the side plots of Season 3 was teased by the lead actor of the Star Wars series.
Pedro Pascal Teases Mando's Leadership Role
The Mandalorian lead star Pedro Pascal sat down with Total Film, via GamesRadar, to talk about the upcoming "leadership" role of Din Djarin in Season 3 of the Star Wars Disney+ series.
Although Mando is "stepping into a leadership position" in the upcoming season, Pascal revealed that the fan-favorite bounty hunter is "reluctant to do so."
The Star Wars veteran also shared that Mando's reluctance to take on a more prominent role is an "interesting" aspect of his journey, saying that exploring it "has been really, really fun:"
“If he is stepping into a leadership position, he’s reluctant to do so. I don’t think that there’s anything more interesting than a character being forced into discovering what they’re capable of, and who they are. That part has been really, really fun. Also, from my point of view, there are so many searchable ways to find the tonality of that. I just tried to achieve the subtleties of that kind of character development.”
Bo-Katan actress Katee Sackhoff also teased that her character is dealing with the disappointment of not taking back the Darksaber, saying that she needs to "reevaluate" after such a failure:
“Anytime you have a goal and you don’t succeed, I think you reevaluate.”
Sackhoff also mentioned her scenes with Grogu (Baby Yoda), saying that every single thing with the youngling is "very, very thought out:"
“It’s funny because you always have to think about how you’re interacting with Grogu. It’s so specific, you have to make sure that you’re not doing anything that says something different. Every single thing, every single interaction with Grogu is very, very thought out.”
Mando's Challenging Leadership in Mandalore
It looks like Pedro Pascal's Din Djarin will have his hands full in The Mandalorian Season 3.
The Book of Boba Fett already confirmed that not all Mandalorians support Mando's possession of the Darksaber, and this story detail will eventually carry over into Season 3. The absence of Katee Sackhoff's Bo-Katan in The Book of Boba Fett suggests that the warrior is out there somewhere in the galaxy, preparing to strike and take the Darksaber from Din.
However, aside from outside forces preventing him from ruling Mandalore, Pascal's comments suggest that there will be an internal struggle for Din that he needs to sort out first in Season 3. The bounty hunter's reluctance to lead is understandable, considering his backstory and him being a lone wolf who simply wants to get the job done.
This evolution of the character from becoming a bounty hunter to a father all the way to becoming a ruler is an interesting journey that will be greatly amplified in Season 3. It also allows the actor to have fun with the role while still discovering something new about Din Djarin as a newfound hero.
Meanwhile, Sackhoff's remark about filming scenes with Grogu could hint that the pair will spend significant time together in Season 3. However, based on the early footage from Star Wars Celebration, it looks like Bo-Katan will not be friends with Grogu. Instead, the skilled bounty hunter could use Grogu as bait to persuade Din to give up the Darksaber.
All in all, it's likely that Din will come into his senses and step up to become Mandalore's leader, even if there is brewing opposition from within.
The Mandalorian Season 3 is expected to premiere on Disney+ in early 2023.