The Mandalorian is no doubt one of the silver linings of a rough 2020. The Jon Favreau-created show left fans satisfied after showcasing surprises week after week, essentially proving that the long-form storytelling formula ultimately worked.
Admittedly, Season 2 of the hit Star Wars show is already successful in the eyes of critics and fans, but the finale took it up a notch by expanding the scope of The Mandalorian even more. A good chunk of the show's sophomore run was focused on bringing back iconic characters from previous Star Wars projects like Ahsoka, Bo-Katan, and Boba Fett, but “Chapter 16” featured the biggest cameo of the series to date.
As a result, it laid the groundwork for more stories that The Mandalorian will tackle in Season 3 and the rest of the already-announced spinoffs set within the timeline of the show. Now, it looks like the interconnected narrative of the series will not end anytime soon.
Kessel Run Transmissions shared in a recent video that the story of The Mandalorian will “stretch out” to 2027, and it may even expand to “feature films” down the line.
“From what we've been hearing, the story of The Mandalorian is gonna stretch out to the year 2027. We're hearing that maybe it will even go to feature films at this point, it might be in theaters...”
WHAT THIS MEANS
While fans can take this rumor with a grain of salt, it makes sense for a multitude of reasons.
After the divisive reaction towards the sequel trilogy of the Skywalker Saga, The Mandalorian's dominant run managed to revive the interest of fans for the franchise, and this was mainly due to the core dynamic of its lead stars, Grogu and Din Djarin. The grounded nature of the storytelling of the show also contributed, showing viewers a different perspective of the Empire's defeat and the New Republic's emergence.
As a result, it's no secret that Lucasfilm is banking towards the success of The Mandalorian, as evidenced by the arrival of two spinoffs (Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic) set within the timeline of the show. By stretching out the narrative of the show to last until at least 2027, the repercussions from the Season 2 finale could provide hints on how The Mandalorian will expand the narrative moving forward.
Not much is known if Grogu will still be featured as a main character in Season 3 and beyond, but there are still several plot points that need to be addressed even without the presence of the Yoda-like toddler. Throughout Season 2, the “side quests” of Mando to help characters like Bo-Katan and Ahsoka Tano tell a self-contained story on its own, and there's a good chance that the third season will likely go back and explore those lingering elements.
From the Darksaber's wielder to eventually retaking Mandalore, the story possibilities are endless for The Mandalorian.