The Mandalorian (2019) producer Jon Favreau recently confirmed that the fourth season of the show is already in development, and he also announced that the team would like to do at least five seasons. So, Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu are here to stay. But what does the future hold? Does it hold, well, the future? In other words, will The Mandalorian eventually jump forward in time and catch up with the Sequel Trilogy? Is this the way..?
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The idea that The Mandalorian could lead into the Sequel Trilogy is nothing new. It's a theory fans have pondered for two years. And the clues are already there, especially if you look closely at what might be happening in Season 3.
Not only that, but seeing as Grogu is the most merchandisable character in the Star Wars franchise, it's fair to say that he isn't going anywhere - even Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) couldn't keep him off the show!
As such, Grogu's very long lifespan means that he is surely alive during the time of the Sequel Trilogy, which begins some 25 years after The Mandalorian. But where is he? And will we ever find out what the future holds for him?
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Well, it's clear that Disney and Lucasfilm finally have a roadmap for Star Wars - which is more than what we can say about how the Sequel Trilogy was handled, which was made up as the films went along, with no direction in sight.
But if the showrunners press on with the "Mando-Verse" - and it seems they are, especially with yet another follow-up show around the corner in Ahsoka (2023) - then inevitably, we will keep on getting closer to the sequels, right?
It's entirely possible, though, that the Mando-Verse shows will bide their time, and flesh out their story arcs without moving too far forward. Or maybe there really is a plan to eventually lead into the Sequel Trilogy territory.
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The one show that will probably do this is The Mandalorian, especially seeing as Ahsoka is set to serve as more of a sequel to animated show Star Wars: Rebels (2014). But will this happen over the course of time, or quite suddenly?
There are many ways a leap forward through time can happen. For starters, the show can simply move along as it has been doing, and eventually - with this being the key word - find itself encroaching on the sequels' timeline.
This, however, would require more than just five seasons. Or, alternatively, the show could make small, moderate, and big jumps here and there. But, as Din Djarin himself might say, "This isn't the way." Yep, there are other ways.
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Have we forgotten what Din used to have on his old ship the Razor Crest? That's right - carbonite, which he used to freeze some of his bounties. This would be a great plot device to have Din leap forward through time.
In fact, this would be a great way to also introduce the audience to an older Grogu, while keeping Din at the same age. It's also the most realistic method of "time travel" within the Star Wars universe. But there is another way...
Actual time travel, of course. Fans might scoff at the idea, but so far it has only ever been used in Rebels. But seeing as it's set to make a potential comeback in Ahsoka, the concept could easily be transferred over to The Mandalorian.
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"A World Between Worlds" is introduced in the Rebels Season 4 episode of the same name, in which Ezra Bridger (Tyler Gray) and Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) find themselves in a mystical place where time and space do not exist.
Here, it is demonstrated that time can be altered within the Star Wars universe, and though access to the realm is seemingly lost by the end of the episode, the official logo for the upcoming Ahsoka series definitely suggests otherwise...
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Check it out the official trailer for The Mandalorian Season 3 below:
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As per StarWars.com, here's the official synopsis for The Mandalorian:
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
The Mandalorian Season 3 stars Pedro Pascal (Din Djarin/The Mandalorian), Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon), Carl Weathers (Greef Karga), Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze), Emily Swallow (The Armorer), Omid Abtahi (Dr. Pershing), Amy Sedaris (Peli Motto), and Tim Meadows and Christopher Lloyd in undisclosed roles.
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The Mandalorian Seasons 1, 2, and 3, The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022), and Andor (2022) are now streaming on Disney+.
You can also enjoy all the animated shows -- Star Wars Rebels (2014), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi (2022), and Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021), as well as all 12 Star Wars movies, and more. Other upcoming live-action shows include Ahsoka (2023) and Skeleton Crew (2023).