The Mandalorian has seen some familiar faces, locations, and more over the course of its two seasons. And since it’s not a part of the Skywalker saga, it feels like a love letter to Star Wars in and of itself, even though it’s still a part of the Star Wars universe.
With season 1 came many familiar elements of the Star Wars universe, such as mentions of Life Day, visits to Tatooine, and a myriad of other references that help ground it into the universe. But season 2 kicked things up a notch when old faces from previous Star Wars projects entered the mix. Ahsoka Tano made her live-action debut in the series. Boba Fett was revealed to still be alive after his incident in the Sarlacc pit. And Luke Skywalker himself pledged to be Grogu’s master in the season 2 finale.
That leaves the door wide open for many other familiar faces to return in The Mandalorian season 3. And since someone as big as Luke Skywalker can appear in The Mandalorian, it leads us to wonder if his twin sister, Leia, will appear as well. So what are the chances of her appearing in season 3?
Is Princess Leia going to be in The Mandalorian season 3?
Naturally, plans for The Mandalorian season 3 have been tightly under wraps, meaning very little has been revealed about the next season thus far. So it has not officially been revealed if we’ll see Leia in season 3, but there is definitely reason to believe we could.
Mainly, her connection to Luke Skywalker enhances the likelihood that she could appear. While Luke and Leia are doing their own thing in the post-Empire world, it’s not like they’re completely estranged.
For one, we know that Leia sent her own son, Ben Solo, to be trained in the ways of the Jedi by Luke. So there is much for them to keep in contact about. And it just so happens that Luke will be training Grogu too. Depending on the timeline, it’s possible the two could be classmates at this time — which could lead to a scene where Leia is at the Jedi Academy, or where Luke and his sister chat elsewhere regarding Ben’s training (or something else).
If Leia were to have a more involved role, it’s possible her position as a senator in the New Republic will play a large role in the series. We already know that there’s trouble between the New Republic and the remnants of the Empire. And so it may call for a scene where she and her office are forced to intervene on a matter that involves the Mandalorian and the Empire — possibly even being a tipping-off point for the series Rangers of the New Republic.
The one big thing that may be holding Lucasfilm back from not including Leia is the fact that Carrie Fisher is no longer with us. And even though it’s standard to recast a role when it comes to a younger version of a character, Lucasfilm has seemed to prefer taking the original actors and digitally de-aging them instead. It’s possible they could use a body double and create Fisher’s likeness digitally. But they may not see it fit to have Leia in a live-action role without Fisher there to act out the part.