When will The Mandalorian season 3 start filming?

The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+. Image courtesy Disney+
The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+. Image courtesy Disney+ /

The Mandalorian season two came to an emotional end last month, and it left fans with plenty of questions heading into the show’s third outing. When that third season will arrive remains a mystery, however, especially with The Book of Boba Fett slated for the end of this year. The good news is, we do have an update as to when filming on The Mandalorian‘s next chapter will begin.

A new production report from Herb Scribner at Production List suggests that the series will begin filming its next season in Los Angeles on April 5, which, assuming the information is accurate, is sooner than we could have hoped for.

As ScreenRant points out, the fact that the series is filming in Los Angeles also implies that the show will continue to use the same LED technology it leveraged last season.

With COVID-19 protocols in place and another big Star Wars series on the horizon, it’s possible the third season will take longer to turn around than previous outings. The Mandalorian has yet to appear on any Disney+ release plans for 2021, so fans can assume they’ll see the new episodes in 2022. At the very least it’ll be a fun way to kick off the new year.

What to expect from The Mandalorian season 3

It’s unclear what, exactly, the central plot of The Mandalorian‘s third season will be, though fans can probably expect some drama surrounding Mandalore. Now that Pedro Pascal’s Din Djarin has wrestled the Darksaber from Moff Gideon, he can technically claim Mandalore’s throne. And although he doesn’t seem to want that sort of power, this will no doubt keep him wrapped up in Bo-Katan’s plans.

Whether we’ll see Baby Yoda again anytime soon is a question many viewers are asking now that he’s gone off with Luke Skywalker to learn to use the Force. If the new episodes do pursue that storyline, they’ll need to figure out what to do with Star Wars‘ OG main character. CGI may have worked for his brief appearance in the show’s season finale, but it’s unlikely to be a permanent solution if he becomes a major part of the story.

There’s also the Big Bad to contend with. Moff Gideon’s fate remained a question mark as season two came to a close, though it’s likely he’ll be imprisoned at the very least. There are still plenty of people loyal to the Empire, however, so just about anyone could step up to take his place.

There’s a lot to think about heading into this new chapter of the popular Disney+ series, but this production news at least offers some hope. It may be a while before we’re reunited with our favorite characters again, but their return is on the horizon.

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