The Mandalorian Season 3: What you need to know to catch up
James R | On 01, Mar 2023
Today see The Mandalorian Season 3 finally premiere on Disney+ UK, continuing the adventures of Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), the titular bounty hunter, and Grogu, aka Baby Yoda. But hang on a minute? Didn’t we see them part ways the last time the show was on screen? And what happened to the guest appearance at the end of Season 2?
Here’s the thing: not only was Season 2 a long time ago – you can read our review here – but The Book of Boba Fett has also happened since then, and the spin-off series took the inexplicable decision to divert away from its main story to instead hang out with The Mandalorian and Grogu for an episode. What was meant to make The Book of Boba Fett interesting instead threatens to leave a lot of uninterested Mandalorian fans frustrated by losing track of what’s going on.
So, we’re here to help with a quick recap of events.
What happened at the end of Season 2?
The Mandalorian essentially completed his quest of reuniting Grogu with his own kind, after Grogu sent out a message to any other Jedi on the planet Tython, only to be captured by Moff Gideon’s troops. Mando naturally chased them down and fought and overpowered Moff Gideon, making him the new rightful holder of the Darksaber. Meanwhile, none other than Jedi Numero Uno Luke Skywalker turned up – along with R2-D2 – in response to Grogu’s message. He took Grogu away to begin his Jedi training. The result was an emotional goodbye for the pair, leading to The Mandalorian taking off his helmet to say farewell – but that decision was a big no-no, as removing one’s helmet is forbidden in the Mandalore code. It is not the way.
Which episodes of The Book of Boba Fett do I need to watch?
Episode 5 and 6 – and the finale, Episode 7 – is when the spin-off series pivots back to The Mandalorian, but you don’t really need to watch it, as we’ve got a handy guide to what happened.
What happened to Mando in The Book of Boba Fett?
The Mandalorian reunites with his clan, but they tell him off for taking his helmet off. The only way he can atone is to be washed in the “living waters beneath the mines of Mandalore”. Except, well, the mines have been destroyed, leaving Mando in a bit of a philosophical and existential limbo – and setting the stage for Season 3, thanks to his getting a replacement ship (an Naboo starfighter) from mechanic Peli Motto on Tatooine. While there, Mando bumps into Fennec Shand and agrees to help Boba with his battle against the local crime syndicate.
And what about Grogu?
Grogu has been busy on a forest planet training with Luke. Mando goes to visit, with a present of chain mail made from his melted down beskar spear. Ahsoka Tano tells him not to see Grogu in person, to avoid him being distracted. But Grogu notices Mando’s ship and, after Luke passes on the gift to the youngling, Grogu has to decide whether to continue his Force training or reunite with the bounty hunter.
So how did they get back together?
Grogu, naturally, chooses his helmeted best friend and so he is transported back to Tatooine, where Mando helps Boba win his battle. Reunited mid-battle, they fly off together in the Naboo starfighter.
And now you’re all set to start streaming Season 3. Watch a trailer for it here.