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The Mandalorian Season 3 - Episode 3 ##TOP##

The third season of the American television series The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal as the title character, a bounty hunter traveling to Mandalore to redeem his past transgressions with his adopted son Grogu and being aided on their journey by fellow Mandalorian Bo-Katan Kryze. It is part of the Star Wars franchise, set after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983). The season is produced by Lucasfilm, Fairview Entertainment, and Golem Creations, with Jon Favreau serving as showrunner.

The Mandalorian Season 3 - Episode 3

By late April 2020, The Mandalorian creator and showrunner Jon Favreau had been writing a third season for "a while" and further development on the season was beginning.[18] That September, co-star Giancarlo Esposito said the second season would "start to lay the groundwork for the depth and breadth that's going to come in season 3 and season 4, where you're really gonna start to get answers."[19] After the second-season finale announced The Book of Boba Fett for December 2021, commentators speculated that the third season would be shifting focus from Din Djarin, The Mandalorian, to Boba Fett. Favreau soon clarified that The Book of Boba Fett was a separate spin-off series that was already in production in December 2020, with the third season of The Mandalorian again focusing on Djarin. He added that the third season was in pre-production, and filming would begin in 2021.[5] Bryce Dallas Howard,[20] Rick Famuyiwa,[21] and co-star Carl Weathers all directed episodes after doing so for previous seasons,[10] with Famuyiwa also being promoted to executive producer.[21] Lee Isaac Chung, Peter Ramsey, and Rachel Morrison all directed episodes of the season.[22]

Favreau wrote all eight episodes of the season, working with Noah Kloor on the third and Dave Filoni on the fourth and seventh episodes.[4][23] The season picks up after the events of The Book of Boba Fett (2021), with the Mandalorian and Grogu traveling to Mandalore so Din Djarin can redeem himself for his transgressions of removing his helmet.[9][24] Discussing the absence of Cara Dune in the season following the firing of actress Gina Carano, Famuyiwa said the character was still "a big part... of the world" and that Favreau took the time to address her absence. However, the creatives knew "the heart of the show" was Din Djarin and Grogu with Filoni stating the season was "mainly dealing with Mandalorians and the Mandalorian saga, the Mandalorian tale", and how that affects the duo's story.[25]

Pedro Pascal stars in the series as The Mandalorian.[5] The Mandalorian is also portrayed by stunt doubles Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder, with Wayne and Crowder receiving co-star credit for the first time in the third season.[6][7] In November 2020, Esposito said he expected to be featured more prominently in the third season than previous ones.[26] Also returning are Carl Weathers as Greef Karga,[10] Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze,[8] Emily Swallow as The Armorer,[9] Amy Sedaris as Peli Motto,[27] and Omid Abtahi as Penn Pershing.[13] Katy O'Brian co-stars as Elia Kane, reprising the role from the second season,[11] while Ahmed Best co-stars as Jedi Master Kelleran Beq; Best originated the role on the children's game show Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge.[14] Paul Sun-Hyung Lee also reprises his role as Carson Teva.[9] In March 2022, Christopher Lloyd was revealed to be a guest star for the season,[17] and in May 2022 it was revealed that Tim Meadows would appear in the season,[9] as New Republic Colonel Tuttle.[15]

Also starring in the season are Tait Fletcher as the Mandalorian Paz Vizsla (voiced by Favreau),[28] Temuera Morrison reprising his role as the voice of clone troopers,[29] Steve Blum reprising his role as the voice of Rebels character Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios, and directors Deborah Chow, Rick Famuyiwa, and Dave Filoni reprising their roles as New Republic pilots Sash Ketter, Jib Dodger, and Trapper Wolf, respectively.[15]

Filming for the season began by October 13, 2021,[30] with David Klein serving as the cinematographer.[31] It had previously been expected to begin once filming for The Book of Boba Fett completed in June 2021,[5][32] but was unable to then because Obi-Wan Kenobi was using the Los Angeles soundstages.[32] Esposito noted that the production did not need to wait for Pascal to complete filming the HBO series The Last of Us since the Mandalorian is primarily seen with his helmet on.[16] Regarding filming the season during the COVID-19 pandemic, Favreau felt The Mandalorian was in an advantageous situation since many characters are in masks and the series employs "a lot of digital work that augments things", allowing the production to be flexible to adhere to filming protocols.[33] Filming wrapped on March 29, 2022.[34] Reshoots occurred in early July 2022.[35]

In February 2023, Joseph Shirley was revealed to be composing the score for the season, replacing Ludwig Göransson. Shirley previously provided additional music for the first two seasons and used Göransson's themes to compose the score for The Book of Boba Fett.[36] A soundtrack featuring selections from the first four episodes of the season was released digitally by Walt Disney Records on March 29, 2023.[37]

Filoni, Favreau, and Sackhoff promoted the season at Lucasfilm's Star Wars Celebration panel on May 26, 2022, revealing the first teaser to those in attendance.[8] They returned for a panel on The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett on May 28 along with Pascal, Esposito, and Weathers, where more footage from the season was shown.[38][21] Filoni, Favreau, and cast members promoted the season at the 2022 D23 Expo, while also debuting a trailer.[12][39] A second trailer for the season was released on January 16, 2023, during Monday Night Football. The trailer had 83.5 million global views in its first 24 hours, becoming the most viewed trailer in that time period for a Star Wars Disney+ series; surpassing Obi-Wan Kenobi (58 million views).[40]

The Mandalorian never had any issues with runtime before: over the course of the first two seasons, episodes typically hovered around a 35-minute runtime, making it perfectly reasonable to throw on during a meal or before leaving the house in the morning. But while Season 3 started with an average-length 35-minute episode, Episode 3 stretched the limits of runtimes with an episode that topped an hour after accounting for end credits.

Fans may not have loved the whiplash in runtimes throughout this season, but hopefully Episode 5 will set a new precedent of a nostalgic 45-ish minute runtime that still is longer than your average episode, but not long enough to bore a viewer or bloat the storyline.

Talk about a change of pace. After easing viewers back into the flow of things during its first two episodes of the new season, episode 3 of "The Mandalorian" season 3 begins innocently enough with an extended aerial battle between Pedro Pascal's Din Djarin and Katee Sackhoff's Bo-Katan and a fleet of TIE Interceptors. But then it does something altogether unlike "The Mandalorian" as we've come to know it over the years. We suddenly shift gears completely and proceed to spend the bulk of the hour without any of our usual heroes. In fact, we follow one of the earliest antagonists established in the series: the sinister Dr. Penn Pershing (Omid Abtahi), one of the main architects behind Moff Gideon's (Giancarlo Esposito) attempts to kidnap and experiment on little Grogu.

That is until season 3 episode 3 of "The Mandalorian" fully commits to its worldbuilding in a way we've rarely seen before. Here, the show takes its biggest risk yet. After the good doctor's TED Talk early on, his subsequent interactions with Coruscant's high society adds a fresh new context: The disinterested upper class hardly see any difference at all between how The New Republic runs things and how the Empire used to do so. Although the oppressed masses under the thumb of Palpatine and Darth Vader would likely disagree, even that notion is further complicated after Pershing's attempts to continue his genetic research with the help of fellow reformed Imperial Elia Kane (Katy O'Brian).

This entire episode has Moff Gideon's fingerprints all over it. Although he was believed to have been headed to a New Republic War Tribunal, rumors abound that he has escaped. His former communications officer, Elia Kane, just so happens to be stationed in the same Amnesty Program that his former asset, Dr. Pershing, is in, and she lures him into having his mind wiped by the New Republic. It certainly makes one believe that Gideon is pulling the strings here. But could he be the one who has marshaled this force against Bo-Katan?

Grand Admiral Thrawn's original story in the "Star Wars" Legends canon was to come back some 5 years after "Return of the Jedi" and bring the Imperial threat back to the forefront of the New Republic's mind. We've already heard whispers of his name in the previous season of "The Mandalorian," and we know that Ahsoka Tano is searching for him.

That story could be adapted to the Imperial technology we've seen and offer Thrawn all of the Imperial era tech he wants. Could this be where all of the storytelling is heading? It's a distinct possibility. There's no doubt we'll discover the true villain behind this plot against Bo-Katan and Mandalore this season, but in the meantime, this is the most compelling possibility.

The episode begins with the Mandalorian covert that Din Djarin is a part of training by their new river, while Bo-Katan Kryze walks among them, observing. Grogu is off to the side playing with creatures before Din brings him to the rest of the Mandalorian foundlings and their training.

That revelation is pretty important because it means the mythosaur only showed itself to Bo-Katan, which is further confirmed after she asks Mando if he saw anything in the water. He did not, so she keeps her little encounter under her helmet. Unfortunately, that means this episode is not about to go buck wild with magic space dinosaurs. Mando has a cult to impress the shit out of with his special bath, so they round up Baby Yoda and get the hell out of Dodge. 041b061a72


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