In 2022, we’ll finally get back to seeing new episodes of The Mandalorian. The series is on a bit of a hiatus this year, mainly because The Book of Boba Fett will be streaming in December instead. But needless to say, the needle for The Mandalorian will move again at some point, and we’ll be back in business.
The series, then, will need to be a continuation of the events we saw in season 2. And there’s so much to unpack since we last saw Din Djarin and Grogu — who are both going their separate ways. We left Grogu ready to be trained by Luke Skywalker. And Mando has his own problem left to deal with — letting Bo-Katan have the Darksaber (and, well, the throne of Mandalore), despite accidentally winning it himself in combat against Moff Gideon.
That, naturally, may have fans wondering just when season 3 will take place. So where will the next season fit in the Star Wars timeline? This is what we know so far.
The Mandalorian season 3 timeline
The Mandalorian season 3 will likely take place right after the events of season 2, picking up right where we left off. The series, as GamesRadar+ reports, takes place in the year 9 ABY — which means it happens about five years after Return of the Jedi. So all this happens during the era of the New Republic, even though the shadow of the Empire still lurks… and the dawn of the First Order lies ahead.
We’ve yet to see a time jump in the series, barely even between seasons 1 and 2. So they may stay consistent with that pacing when it comes to bridging the gap between seasons 2 and 3. Though, anything’s possible. They may wish to skip ahead a bit, especially to a point where Din and Grogu have been estranged for a bit longer and Grogu will have completed more of his training.
That would make it so bittersweet, to learn that Grogu and Din have been separated for so long. But a plot point like that could potentially catalyze the two’s longing to be together again as foundling father and foundling son.
Still, then that would mean the series would have to ex machina a solution to the whole Darksaber problem. And we don’t quite believe Bo-Katan would just drop the whole taking-back-Mandalore thing. So, more than likely, the series will waste no time jumping back into things from where we left them in season 2.
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