Rick Famuyiwa has directed a few episodes of The Mandalorian already, the most recent of which is Chapter 15 of the series. Famiyuwa was already confirmed to be directing one or more episodes of season 3, and now we may know exactly which ones he worked on. According to news from BespinBulletin.com , Famuyiwa directed the first and last episodes of Season 3.
This information comes from Emily Swallow (The Armorer) and Tait Fletcher (Paz Vizsla) who were on a podcast by The Virtual Cantina. Both actors praised Famuyiwa and said he was one of their favorite directors during the making of Season 3. When speaking about Famuyiwa’s work on Season 3, Swallow said “Seeing him start out the journey of the season, and end the season. Because we’re shooting completely out of order, we’re jumping back and forth between episodes, and to know he was taking care of where we were beginning and where we needed to end up.“
It’s interesting that these episodes were shot out of order, but it does sound like Rick Famuyiwa got to direct the first and last episodes of the season, which hints at quite a symmetrical style of storytelling. It could be that both these episodes tackle similar ideas, or they could both be quite different stylistically as well. Famuyiwa has previously directed Chapter 2 “The Child”, Chapter 6 “The Prisoner” and Chapter 15 “The Believer”. The thing all three of these episodes have in common is that they build quite a bit on fans’ knowledge of Din Djarin and show him in situations that require some growth in his character. In “The Prisoner”, Din’s shady group of ex-friends revealed a lot about the type of person he used to be, and in “The Believer”, fans got to see Din removing his helmet to get the coordinates to Moff Gideon’s ship, in order to save Grogu. All these episodes provided an insight into Din’s thoughts in some way.
Hopefully, Rick’s episodes in Season 3 follow the same trend and Din is focused on in greater detail, something which at times went missing in Season 2 due to his overriding quest to unite Grogu with his own kind. With that quest behind him and Grogu back by his side, the show can focus on Din and his place in the galaxy fully. Who knows, perhaps Rick’s episodes will feature Din Djarin removing his helmet once again to reveal his face.
A glimpse at what Rick Famuyiwa’s work is like in Season 3 isn’t far now if this information is correct, because it means he’s directing the first episode. Season 3 is set to arrive on March 1st, exclusively on Disney+.