This article includes spoilers for the entirety of the first and second seasons of The Mandalorian, both of which are currently available for streaming on Disney+ for all your Winter Solstice Baby Yoda-bingeing needs.
The Mandalorian creator, showrunner, and executive producer Jon Favreau appeared on Good Morning America on Monday, December 21st, 2020 to discuss the second season finale of the breakout Star Wars streaming series and reveal some details about what comes next.
Favreau appeared on Good Morning America via Zoom, and his background décor featured a trio of Mandalorian-inspired Tiki glasses (including Grogu, Din Djarin, and IG-11), as well as what appears to be a Pit Droid sitting in a director’s chair (how wizard is that?).
After reflecting on the ingenuity of fans who were faced with zero Yodito merch during the 2019 holiday season (a problem that has been pretty well alleviated in 2020), the hosts asked Favreau about the big reveal at the end of the second season.
The Book of Boba Fett
Last week, during the Walt Disney Company’s Investors Day announcements, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced the extremely full slate of upcoming Star Wars projects.
However, The Book of Boba Fett was not included, with the reveal instead relegated to an after-credits stringer scene that appeared at the conclusion of The Mandalorian’s second season finale. Apparently, holding the announcement until The Mandalorian‘s season finale was done at Favreau’s behest.
Surprise has been an integral element of The Mandalorian since the reveal of Grogu which capped the series premiere of the series and captured the internet’s imagination. According to Favreau, applying the element of surprise to the diminutive Force user was a strategy that was suggested by none other than Lando himself, Donald Glover.
As confirmed by a Tweet posted by the official Star Wars account earlier today, Temura Morrison will continue in the role of Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen will return as Fennec Shand (still no word on whether or not she’s related to Episode VII’s Crokind Shand), and the executive producers will include Favreau, Filoni, and Robert Rodriguez, who directed the show-stopping Mando episode “Chapter 14: The Tragedy.”
The Book of Boba Fett, a new Original Series, starring Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen and executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Robert Rodriguez, set within the timeline of The Mandalorian, is coming to @DisneyPlus Dec. 2021. pic.twitter.com/YT2zbLufI8
— Star Wars (@starwars) December 21, 2020
The Mandalorian Season Three; Other Spin-Offs
According to Favreau, shortly after completing production on the first season of the spin-off series The Book of Boba Fett, production will begin on the third season of The Mandalorian, featuring a return to the narrative centering Djarin as the protagonist.
Favreau also offered some additional details about the other two spin-offs of The Mandalorian.
One spin-off, Ahsoka, is currently being written by Favreau’s creative partner on The Mandalorian, Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels). Meanwhile, we are still waiting for additional details about Rangers of the New Republic.
All three of the spin-offs of The Mandalorian will be set in the same time frame as the mothership series, which is “right after Return of the Jedi,” a movie that was particularly influential on a young Favreau.
Coming soon in a Galaxy far, far away
Will The Book of Boba Fett be set entirely on Tatooine, and will this give us a chance to see more of Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) and Marshal Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant)? Can we hope to see more of Captain Carson Teva (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) and Trapper Wolff (Filoni) in Rangers of the New Republic? Will season three of The Mandalorian follow Din as he searches for a new ride, and if so, is there any chance he’ll end up with the greatest ship in all the Galaxy, the N-1 Naboo Starfighter?
Perhaps some of these answers will be forthcoming in December 2021, when The Book of Boba Fett is slated to arrive on Disney+.