WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE MANDALORIAN SEASON FINALE!
While many of us were left emotional wrecks after the exhilarating final scenes of The Mandalorian’s season finale, The Rescue, it soon turned out that creator Jon Favreau and his team had one last surprise up their sleeve in the form of a post-credits sting. Returning to Tatooine, we finally revisited Jabba’s Palace, not seen in live-action since 1983’s Return of the Jedi, where it was revealed that the Hutt’s right-hand Twi’lek Bib Fortuna had not only survived the destruction of The Khetanna at the Great Pit of Carkoon, but he’d actually also gone on to take over his former boss’s throne. And, following in Jabba’s footsteps (so to speak), put on a few pounds in the process. Mere moments after our re-introduction and his reign came to an abrupt end at the hands of Boba Fett and his new partner Fennec Shand, who made short work of dispatching the boss and reclaiming the throne for themselves. Then, that title card...
‘Coming Christmas 2021… THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT.’
THE WHAT?! As exciting as this announcement was, a slight confusion accompanied it... With this sneaky Boba Fett project not part of Disney’s huge Star Wars reveal earlier this month, many quickly began to speculate that this would actually be The Mandalorian’s third season; a reasonable assumption given that the Christmas 2021 date was confirmed for the latter during the aforementioned Disney Investors showcase by Kathleen Kennedy herself. Was Din Djarin and Grogu’s journey really over as those final moments suggested? Would The Mandalorian now follow Boba Fett’s story instead, even though, y’know, he’s not technically a Mandalorian? Most importantly, will we ever see Grogu again?!?!
Lucasfilm smartly left fans to worry themselves silly all weekend, and today have clarified that, no, we’ll be getting both The Mandalorian Season 3 and The Book of Boba Fett (a limited series) in the holiday season of next year. In an interview with Good Morning America, Favreau promised that The Mandalorian series would continue “with the main character that we all know and love”, adding that it will start production immediately after Fett and will air in that order also, with both series debuting in December. (They do know that December only has four weeks in it, right?)
In an added bit of good news (now that’s a phrase that’s been in short supply this year!), fans of Chapter 14: The Tragedy’s action-packed 35-minutes will be happy to hear that director Robert Rodriguez is joining the Fett team fulltime as an Executive Producer, meaning he’ll most certainly be bringing his unique brand of cinematic bombast to our screens again by directing an episode or two also.
Thanks for the early Christmas present, Lucasfilm!