Rick Famuyiwa directs these Mandalorian season 3 episodes

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 10: (L-R) Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Rick Famuyiwa, and Pedro Pascal pose at the IMDb Official Portrait Studio during D23 2022 at Anaheim Convention Center on September 10, 2022 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Corey Nickols/Getty Images for IMDb)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 10: (L-R) Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Rick Famuyiwa, and Pedro Pascal pose at the IMDb Official Portrait Studio during D23 2022 at Anaheim Convention Center on September 10, 2022 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Corey Nickols/Getty Images for IMDb) /
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Rick Famuyiwa has been widely praised for the episodes he directed in The Mandalorian season 1 and season 2. His previous credits include “Chapter 2: The Child,” “Chapter 6: The Prisoner,” and “Chapter 15: The Believer.” All of these episodes were widely praised, especially in regards to the storyline following Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Migs Mayfeld (Bill Burr) in “The Believer” and their shared scene with Imperial officer Valin Hess (Richard Brake).

Famuyiwa was already confirmed to be returning for season 3 and now Deadline has confirmed which episodes he directed. Famuyiwa directed episodes 1, 7, and 8 in The Mandalorian season 3.

Just like seasons 1 and 2, season 3 will consists of eight episodes, meaning that Famuyiwa directed almost half of the new season. This is also the first season of the series in which Famuyiwa directed the season premiere and the season finale.

In seasons 1 and 2, no director helmed more than two episodes. With five other directors have already been announced (Bryce Dallas Howard, Carl Weathers, Lee Isaac Chung, Peter Ramsey, and Rachel Morrison), Famuyiwa will be the only director to helm multiple episodes in season 3.

While “The Child” was technically the second episode in the series, it felt like an extension of the first episode. It was the first episode that began to develop Grogu as a character beyond his surprise reveal at the very end of the series premiere. That episode also began developing the bond between Din and Grogu that is the heart of the entire series.

It is thrilling to see Famuyiwa now direct the evolution of the bond between Din and Grogu that he began showing through this episode several years ago and to be the one to kick off the directing at the beginning and end of season 3. All of his past episodes feel distinct from each other while maintaining the heart and core themes of the show and this will no doubt be the case again for season 3.

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