Monday’s NFL Wild Card matchup between the Cowboys and the Buccaneers doubled as the unofficial kickoff of Disney+’s The Mandalorian marketing onslaught, with the full-length trailer for the series’ loooooong-awaited third season debuting during ABC/ESPN’s telecast of the gridiron showdown.
When the streamer’s flagship Star Wars drama returns on March 1 it will have been 27 months since Season 2 ended, although Din (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu did resurface last February in The Book of Boba Fett Episodes 5, 6 and 7. Given the events of that three-episode arc (aka “The Mandalorian Season 2.5″) — where Din was told by the Armorer (Emily Swallow) that he “is a Mandalorian no more,” because he had removed his helmet/shown his face to others — Mandalorian Season 3 will find our hero aiming to reclaim his status by visiting the “living waters” in the mines under Mandalore.
“The journeys of the Mandalorian through the Star Wars galaxy continue,” says the new, official Season 3 synopsis. “Once a lone bounty hunter, Din Djarin has reunited with Grogu. Meanwhile, the New Republic struggles to lead the galaxy away from its dark history. The Mandalorian will cross paths with old allies and make new enemies as he and Grogu continue their journey together.”
In addition to Pascal, the confirmed Season 3 cast includes Swallow, Katee Sackhoff’s Bo Katan, Amy Sedaris’ Peli Motto, Carl Weathers’ Greef Karga and Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon (more on the villain’s “rise from the ashes” here).
The directors for the eight-episode season, meanwhile, include Weathers, Rick Famuyiwa, Rachel Morrison, Lee Isaac Chung, Peter Ramsey and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Watch the trailer above and then hit the comments with your snappy judgements.