The success of The Mandalorian showed Disney that there was long-term value and money in the high-budget prestige tv episodic model. Since then, Disney has continued growing its Star Wars streaming slate with various spin-offs and shows which are adjacent to The Mandalorian.
Now season 2 of the Pedro Pascal led show ended on a cliffhanger with Grogu going with Luke Skywalker to continue his training and Din Djarin winning the Darksaber, thus effectively becoming the ruler of Mandalore.
So, fans are excited to see more and are breathlessly waiting for season 3 to answer their questions and prove their theories. But right now it looks like fans will have to wait till next year to get those answers since production hasn’t even started on season 3 of The Mandalorian.
Production isn’t moving forward on The Mandalorian season 3 right now because Lucasfilm is busy with multiple other spin-off series. This includes Rangers of the New Republic, The Book of Boba Fett, and Ahsoka for Disney+.
But reports suggest that more than any of these series, it is the Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor that’s impacting plans regarding season 3 of The Mandalorian. Collider says that the third season of the highly viewed Disney+ show can’t begin production soon as a result of Pedro Pascal’s schedule as well as the Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
To understand why this delay is happening you need to know a little about Hollywood productions. Know that even though production happens year-round, but a lot of filming happens on Hollywood stages. Now, these stages are limited in number. So right now, those stages are getting used to film Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
As we mentioned, Obi-Wan Kenobi isn’t the only reason behind the delayed filming of The Mandalorian. Lucasfilm is right now juggling for lead star Pedro Pascal’s dates. This is because he is also slated to begin filming HBO’s adaptation of the famous video game The Last of Us this July.
So note that when Pedro Pascal agreed to play Joel in that show, he signed a first-position agreement with the studio. This means that he has to prioritize The Last of Us over any other show that he might be doing.
The Collider report also mentions that right now Disney and Lucasfilm plan on starting production on The Mandalorian season 3 towards this year’s end or early in 2022. So even though months have passed since the season 2 finale in December 2020, viewers will have to wait till mid to late 2022 to get season 3 of the show.
We have concerns over whether season 3 will be available for viewing in 2022. This is because a production date of late 2021 or early 2022 doesn’t mean that it’s bound to happen. It just means that it’s the earliest possible time slot when the show can begin filming. (Note that with star Pedro Pascal set to shoot another show, fans should be ready for more production delays).
We should also mention that studio stages are going to be a problem for not just Star Wars shows, but also Marvel ones. This is because Disney will need a substantial amount of stages and spaces to continue production on shows belonging to two of the most famous franchises in the world.
So between this filming problem and Pedro Pascal’s date issues, fans should prepare themselves for a long break between season 2 and 3 of The Mandalorian. However, there’s still hope that The Mandalorian will be able to begin a little production without star Pedro Pascal. This can be done with the help of a body double since Din Djarin keeps on his Beskar armor and helmet for most of his screen time on the show.
But there are a lot of production issues even with that idea. So if Disney isn’t able to increase stages and production spaces, then the house of mouse could decide to end its first Star Wars Disney+ show after a limited number of seasons.
After all, with a growing number of The Mandalorian spin-offs, the post-Return of the Jedi story can be told in other Star Wars projects as Grogu and Din Djarin make occasional appearances. However, we think that it’s unlikely Disney or Lucasfilm will cancel The Mandalorian anytime soon. After all, Disney loves money. So as long as The Mandalorian remains profitable and successful, Disney will keep on churning out new seasons.
For now, season 3 of the show doesn’t have an official production or release date. However, fans should tune into The Book of Boba Fett in December 2021 to get a glimpse of the same world. We hope that the show will satisfy fans enough till Mando returns in season 3.