Warning: spoilers ahead for season two of The Mandalorian.
The season two finale of The Mandalorian was full of twists and turns that even the most ardent Star Wars fans couldn’t have seen coming.
From Mark Hamill returning as a younger version of Luke Skywalker to The Book of Boba Fett being announced in the post-credits scene, there was a lot to unpack in the explosive 46-minute episode on Disney Plus.
As Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu (affectionately known as Baby Yoda) share an emotional goodbye, we have several questions regarding where the story of The Mandalorian could go in season three.
Will we see Grogu’s training with Luke Skywalker?
In one of the last scenes of the season two finale, The Mandalorian fans were astounded to see Star Wars icon Luke show up on their screens, with Mark reprising his legendary role.
Luke masterfully makes his way past numerous stormtroopers and dark troopers on Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) cruiser, wielding his green lightsaber before reaching Din, Grogu and their allies.
The Jedi tells Din that Baby Yoda is in need of guidance, as although he is ‘strong with the Force’, ‘talent without training is nothing’.
‘I will give my life to protect the Child, but he will not be safe until he masters his abilities,’ he adds.
After an emotional goodbye with his father figure, Grogu departs with Luke and droid R2-D2.
Now that Din and the Child have gone their separate ways (for the time being), will we witness Grogu in training with Jedi Luke?
We already know from the sequel trilogy that Luke forms a Jedi academy, training young Force-sensitive individuals including his nephew, Ben Solo, the son of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) who will go on to become Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
Will the protagonist of season three be Boba Fett?
Following the season two finale credits, an additional scene aired, depicting Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) taking over the former palace of Jabba the Hutt.
At the very end, as Boba takes his seat on Jabba’s old throne, some wording appears, which reads: ‘The Book of Boba Fett. Coming December 2021.’
Many excited Mandalorian fans took this statement as confirmation of a Boba Fett spin-off, due to be released on Disney Plus at the end of next year.
However, others suspect this could indicate that Boba will become the protagonist of The Mandalorian season three, considering the third series is due to come out around the same time.
Will Grogu and the Mandalorian reunite?
Since The Mandalorian was first launched in November 2019, Din and Baby Yoda have been joined at the hip, the bounty hunter barely letting the Child out of his sight in a bid to protect him from those that would do him harm.
Throughout the second series, the Mandalorian has been striving to reunite Grogu with another of his kind – a Jedi – who can train him in the ways of the Force.
During the season finale, they finally meet a Jedi willing to take him on, Luke, who welcomes Grogu with open arms along with R2-D2.
As he says goodbye to Grogu, who he has come to care deeply for, the Mandalorian says: ‘That’s who you belong with, he’s one of your kind. I’ll see you again. I promise.’
But will they ever meet again?
Will the Mandalorian start taking his helmet off more regularly?
During their emotional farewell, Din takes off his helmet to reveal his face for only the third time throughout the entire Mandalorian series.
The first time in season one, the bounty hunter has his helmet removed by a droid so it can administer life-saving medication to a head injury.
For the second time, which occurred during last week’s episode, Din takes off his helmet so that he can use face-recognition technology to locate Moff’s cruiser, a necessary measure in the search for Grogu.
One of the most important vows Din takes as a Mandalorian is to never remove his helmet while in the company of others.
However, the season finale marks the first time he has voluntarily removed his helmet without any pressing need to do so, just so he and Grogu can look directly into each other’s eyes for the first – and possibly the last – time.
Does this voluntary action mean that Mando could start taking off his helmet on a more regular basis?
Will Ahsoka Tano return?
After appearing in the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, season two of The Mandalorian finally saw the live-action portrayal of fan-favourite character Ahsoka Tano, played by Rosario Dawson.
While she only starred in one episode, meeting Din and Grogu in Chapter 13 on the planet Corvus, she made a massive impression.
It’s already been confirmed that we will be seeing more of Ahsoka in her own eponymous series, which is set to be released on Disney Plus in the near future.
But could she also reappear in The Mandalorian season three?
Will the Mandalorian and Bo-Katan fight for possession of the Darksaber?
Following his nail-biting duel with Moff in the finale, the Mandalorian brings the menacing individual to Bo-Katan and the rest of his team.
Having defeated Moff in combat, Din obtains his Darksaber, which he plans on handing over to Bo-Katan.
However, as Moff explains, the Darksaber cannot simply be given to another person, as it must be won in battle in order for someone to take ownership of it.
Just as Moff tells Din that he and Bo-Katan must go head-to-head, Luke arrives, overcoming a horde of dark troopers and stormtroopers in his path.
Could we see Bo-Katan and Din fight for possession of the Darksaber in the upcoming season?
Will we visit Mandalore?
While Din was raised on the settlement of Aq Vetina before being taken in by the Mandalorians as a foundling, the homeworld of the Mandalorians is Mandalore, a planet located in the Outer Rim Territories.
While we haven’t visited Mandalore in the show, its name has come up, with Bo-Katan expressing her desire to become leader of the region, with the help of the Darksaber.
Perhaps season three could take us there, now that the Darksaber is (almost) within her grasp.
What will happen to Moff Gideon?
The season two finale ends with Moff in handcuffs, as Din, Bo-Katan and the others watch Luke leave with Grogu.
Cara Dune (Gina Carano) mentions earlier that they need to capture Moff alive, as he has valuable information.
While Moff could find himself in the custody of Cara, he could very well be taken by Bo-Katan, who has a strong vendetta against him.
Just as at the end of season one, Moff’s fate is yet to be determined.
When is The Mandalorian season 3 being released on Disney Plus?
The Mandalorian season three is due to be released in time for Christmas next year.
This therefore means that the episodes in the series should air on a weekly basis into 2022.
In addition to The Mandalorian season three, three spin-off series are also in the works: Rangers of the New Republic, Ahsoka and The Book of Boba Fett.
That is, if we receive confirmation that The Book of Boba Fett doesn’t directly cross over with the third season of Mando.
There are also several other Star Wars-related TV shows going into production, including the animated series The Bad Batch, which will feature Fennec, The Acolyte and anime series Visions.
The Mandalorian is available to watch on Disney Plus.
Credit: Original article published here.