The third season of The Mandalorian is coming to an end this Wednesday, and after the ending of Chapter 23, the anticipation has gone through the roof.
Rick Famuyiwa, who directed that episode, is also coming back for the finale, and several members of the cast and crew have been teasing that we should anticipate a satisfying ending that might hurt just a bit.
Stunt double Brendan Wayne, who wears the Mandalorian suit whenever there is no action sequence going on, reposted a story on Instagram from a fan saying “I can’t wait for more” by saying “This next episode is gonna make you wish you hadn’t asked for more”. At the same time, Emily Swallow, who plays the Armorer in the series, shared her thoughts on how she thinks the fanbase will receive the finale in a recent interview with Collider, saying:
“Well, I think there are gonna be some people who are like ‘Woohoo! Yeah!” and some people were like ‘I hate this!’ this because there always are.”
She also teased on social media that something big might happen on Chapter 24, posting the following on Twitter:
The Mandalorian creator and head writer, Jon Favreau, also talked to Collider about how the fans will react to seeing the final episode of the season, and said that he hopes it will be satisfying for them. He said:
“Hopefully they’ll feel satisfied. They’ll feel resolved, and they’ll also feel a little surprised”
That surprise element is also something that his partner in crime, executive producer Dave Filoni (who also co-wrote two of the episodes this season), shared in another interview with Collider:
“[The fans will] have a lot to take in, and I think with any good ending there’s the moment you’re in it when you’re cheering and you feel satisfied, but then there’s a little bit after that where you think back at all the things that happened. Maybe you start to put them together in a different way and you realize it’s an ending, but there are other things happening out there in the galaxy that now you know more about.”
What should we expect from The Mandalorian season 3 finale?
(Beware that we are going to talk about some theories going around, so if you want to go into the episode completely blind, this might be a good time to exit.)
Following the way last episode ended, with the Mandalorians on the run, except for Paz Vizsla, who suffered an unfortunate fate, and Din Djarin, who has been captured by a Beskar-wearing Moff Gideon, we are pretty much at the end of Empire Strikes Back. The Mandalorians must now reassess and figure out a way to get Din back. Perhaps call in the cavalry?
There are have been some indications that Boba Fett is definitely coming back this season, though it’s mostly reading between the lines and perhaps even loosely interpreting some comments. However, it is a possibility we should not discard. (My money has been on Sabine Wren making a cameo ever since the start of the season, but even now I’m starting to question whether or not it will happen.)
Over the past week, there has been a lot of speculation about the Armorer being a double agent. Chapter 23 was titled “The Spies”, yet we only saw one of them in the episode (Katy O’Brian’s Elia Kane). She suspiciously insisted on coming back with the injured Night Owls right before the rest of the Mandalorians were ambushed, and Gideon, along with a group of stormtroopers were wearing Mandalorian armors that someone had to forge. Is she hiding something?
Going into the season 2 finale we had Din assemble a team to rescue Grogu from Moff Gideon’s grip. The tables have now turned for them, and it’s now Grogu who must go after his de facto father. We’ve seen his recruiting skills earlier in the season, where he called Bo-Katan, but now the situation is more serious. If the Armorer is no longer on Din’s side, and with Paz Vizsla gone, Din doesn’t have a lot of allies left besides Bo-Katan. They will need help.
Rick Famuyiwa has teased that the finale will wrap up storylines from all seasons of The Mandalorian, as well as The Book of Boba Fett, hinting that we could see some resolutions to the latter’s post-credits scene, featuring Cobb Vanth in the bacta tank. The Night Owls are also prime suspects to be double agents, meaning they might require more Mandalorian factions to fight. That’s where Sabine could come in, and then set up Ahsoka (though perhaps Dave Filoni wanted to save her for the spin-off series). Could the New Republic also have a say in this? We’ve seen Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma in the Ahsoka trailer…
The question is also whether or not Grand Admiral Thrawn will show up. I was convinced this was not going to be the case, but after the Ahsoka trailer essentially teased that he’s not exactly in hiding, and is in fact reassembling the Empire. Chapter 23 of The Mandalorian doubled up on that, teasing an antagonistic relationship between Moff Gideon and Thrawn; we know that the latter is essentially going to be the Thanos of this story, i.e. the big villain our heroes will have to team up to defeat.
Could this next episode be our introduction to him in live-action? After all, some of us already had our first look at him at Star Wars Celebration; are they going to wait another three months to show him to the rest of the world?
There are a lot of questions in the air as we head into the big climactic finale of the season. What do you think is going to happen? What do you make of any of these questions? Let us know on our social media, and stay tuned as we discuss more The Mandalorian in the next few days. In the meantime, a trailer for the finale has also been revealed: