Only three episodes remain in The Mandalorian season 3, and so far this season has been the topic of controversy amongst Star Wars fans. The linear take on the story and the point-of-view focus on one of the lost tribes of Mandalore has added a fresh perspective to the overall narrative. Adding Bo-Katan and her story into the mix complements the season well, even though she almost seems to be the main character this time around.
[Warning: spoilers from The Mandalorian season 3 below!]
With five episodes of development, The Mandalorian has the chance to end the season with some really strong episodes. Episode five ended on two cliffhangers essentially, Bo-Katan is off to gather the other lost tribes of Mandalore, while Carson Teva discovers Moff Gideon was potentially broken out of imprisonment by some Mandalorians. Here are some of the possibilities for the final episodes of The Mandalorian’s third season.
The return of Giancarlo Esposito’s villainous Moff Gideon
A piece of the puzzle that has been missing so far this season is Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). While we have yet to actually see him, the show has laid the groundwork for his return. There have been multiple hints and nods to Moff Gideon “never making it to trial” for his crimes against the New Republic.
Episode five confirmed this theory, directly showing that he was broken out of a ship that was scheduled to transport him to trial. A remnant of Beskar was left behind, hinting that the Moff was broken out by none other than Mandalorians.
There are likely two options for what happened. Moff Gideon could have been broken out by Mandalorians, but not the ones we think. As some may remember, in both The Clone Wars and Rebels there is a clan of Mandalorians that are loyal to the Empire known as Clan Saxon. Clan Saxon was led by Gar Saxon, who eventually perished at the hands of Sabine Wren and her mother Ursa Wren.
While Sabine later defeated Clan Saxon, some remnants may have remained in exile. The exiled remnants of Clan Saxon could have remained loyal to the Empire beyond their downfall and plotted to break Moff Gideon out of imprisonment. This would make a lot of sense to me as this season has been very Mandalorian focused, and adding another clan to the mix would fit that theme.
The other option is that perhaps someone broke out Moff Gideon and left Beskar behind to throw off the New Republic’s hunt. While this would also make sense storywise, I hope they go with the first option as I feel the Moff would fit right in with Clan Saxon and their ways. One could assume episode six will dive into what happened to Moff Gideon and where he has been taken to. I would also expect episode six to explore where Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) has gone, and which tribes of Mandalore she is gathering.
Bo-Katan’s Quest in the final episodes of The Mandalorian season 3
At the end of episode five, The Armorer tasks Bo-Katan to gather the remaining lost tribes of Mandalore to reunite all Mandalorians to retake Mandalore once again. The interesting aspect of this is that The Armorer is open to both walks of life for the Mandalorians. Those who follow the Creed and never remove their helmet, and other Mandalorians who do not quarrel with those who take off their helmet.
The Armorer seems to be intent on bringing these groups of Mandalore together and is using Bo-Katan as a vessel to do so. The question to be asked is who will Bo-Katan find?
It can be assumed that Bo-Katan will first go and round up the remaining members of her Death Watch faction. These members include Koska Reeves, Axe Woves, and more. The remaining members of Death Watch likely won’t be too happy that Bo-Katan has taken up residence with the Children of The Watch.
For those who may not know, The Children of The Watch are likely the children of the remaining Death Watch members. These Mandalorians were loyal to Pre Vizsla and Darth Maul after they plotted to murder Duchess Satine and conquer Mandalore. After Duchess Satine was murdered in Season Five of The Clone Wars, Bo-Katan split from Death Watch and formed her own faction of the group intent on saving Mandalore. Bo-Katan has essentially gone against everything she stood for by joining this group, something the remaining members of her faction of Death Watch are likely not too happy about.
The other Mandalorian tribes that Bo-Katan could locate are really a mystery at this point. It is assumed Bo-Katan will attempt to contact Clan Wren and see to it that they join the cause. This would be an important development as it could involve Sabine Wren, the famous Mandalorian from the show Star Wars Rebels.
Natasha Liu Bordizzo was cast as Sabine Wren for the upcoming Disney Plus series Ahsoka. Interestingly enough though, Sabine’s casting took place long before the Ahsoka series ever went into production which could hint that we may get a glance at Sabine herself this season. While Bo-Katan will visit the known tribes, there are plenty of other unknown Mandalorians out there in the galaxy that Bo-Katan could attempt to gather.
The Mythosaur and retaking Mandalore
Season three ultimately feels like it’s gearing up for a big return to Mandalore. It can be assumed the final confrontation of the season will take place on the planet. The Armorer now fully believes that Bo-Katan has seen a living Mythosaur, something that signals a new age of Mandalore.
A big assumption is that Bo-Katan will assume the throne her sister once sat on; she is technically the heir to Mandalore. Whether this comes to fruition remains to be seen, but it would be cruel to have Bo-Katan come this far and fail at assuming the throne once again.
The ending of episode five signaled that the Children of The Watch are planning to reinhabit Mandalore. The Armorer also appears intent on awakening the Mythosaur again and using the creature as a symbol for reconnecting Mandalore, sort of how the Darksaber works.
Speaking of the Darksaber, we have seen so little of it this season and some may have even forgotten that Din Djarin possesses the saber. In order for Bo-Katan to fully lead the Mandalorian people she will need to wield the Darksaber, as she did in Star Wars Rebels. This likely means the warm friendship between Din Djarin and Bo-Katan is heading down a rocky path. A final trial of the Darksaber between Bo and Din could be the defining moment for who leads Mandalore into the future.
These final three episodes will likely set the stage for the future of Star Wars on Disney+. The Mandalorian has been thought of as the main event of Star Wars on the streaming platform. The show usually kicks into high gear in the last three episodes of the season.
Season two saw a three-episode arc in the final three episodes surrounding Grogu and rescuing him from Moff Gideon’s ship. I fully expect these last three episodes to be action-packed and full of cameos, Easter eggs, and nods. We may even see a flashback or two to when Mandalore was an inhabited planet, based on some trailer footage we have seen. Overall, this season of The Mandalorian is quickly coming to a close with these three giant episodes remaining
The final episodes of The Mandalorian season 3 arrive this month on Disney+. What are you hoping to see out of these three episodes? Let us know on Twitter or in the Cosmic Circus Discord. And if you haven’t already, check out our review of the season finale of The Bad Batch season 2.