Even though it feels like The Mandalorian season 3 just started, the season is about to reach its halfway point. Season 3, episode 4 (which is “Chapter 20” in the overall series) is directed by Carl Weathers and written by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.
The episode titles are usually not revealed until each individual episode is released on Disney+. That is not the case this week with Weathers revealing the title on Twitter as “The Foundling.”
Based on this information and where “Chapter 19: The Convert” ended, these are the predictions for “Chapter 20: The Foundling.”
Return to Nevarro
Since Weathers directed the episode, Greef Karga will almost certainly be in it as well, and that means a return to Nevarro. There are numerous shots in The Mandalorian season 3 trailers of Nevarro that were not part of the season 3 premiere that largely took place on Nevarro. Those shots include Mandalorians dropping out of a ship and Mandalorians fighting on Nevarro against the pirates who work for Pirate King Gorian Shard.
Shard wants revenge for what happened when he sent his pirates to Nevarro and then after Din Djarin during the season 3 premiere “Chapter 17: The Apostate.” Shard’s pirates will attack Nevarro in retaliation for what Din and Greef did. Greef will probably alert Din to the situation and Din will waste no time in flying Nevarro to help his friend and ally.
The other Mandalorians shown on Nevarro in the trailer will likely be there to support Din in driving the pirates off of the planet. Now that Din is considered “redeemed” and is a member of the Child of the Watch again, they should be eager to help Din.
After all, a threat or attack against Din is now considered a threat or attack against all of them, just like when the Children of the Watch chose to save Din and help him escape Nevarro back in the season 1 episode “Chapter 3: The Sin.” It is also worth remembering that the Children of the Watch’s covert was located on Nevarro for a long time, with defending their former home being yet another motivation to join Din in fighting the pirates.
A return to Nevarro where the planet is under attack also feels like a prime opportunity for the return of IG-11. Din didn’t find the part he needed for IG-11 and ended up just using R5-D4 when he went to Mandalore.
There wouldn’t have been so much time spent on bringing IG-11 back to just forget about him. Bringing him back to defend Nevarro again makes sense; perhaps the Anzellans got their hands on the part they didn’t have before and that Din was unable to find. Speaking of the Anzellans, the trailers also show them using their unique talents to fight the pirates.
What could the episode title and Filoni’s involvement mean?
Greef, Din, Grogu, Bo-Katan Kryze, the Children of the Watch, IG-11, and the Anzellans defending Nevarro from Gorian Shard’s pirates seems like an exciting and fairly straightforward direction for the next episode to take. “The Foundling” episode title does raise some questions, though. The title has created speculation that this will be the episode that will show the scene from the Jedi Temple in the trailers and may even reveal who saved Grogu during Order 66.
This is possible but doesn’t connect with everything else the episode seems like it will focus on. The foundling referenced in the title may actually be Bo-Katan since she was technically just adopted by the Children of the Watch at the end of the previous episode.
As for Filoni’s involvement, fans have noted that this is one of only two episodes that he co-wrote this season. This has led many to believe that Ahsoka Tano will be part of this episode given Filoni’s history with the character and that he is the showrunner for the upcoming Ahsoka series.
Based on all the other clues, it seems more probable that Ahsoka won’t appear and the episode will instead focus more on Bo-Katan and her character development as she fights alongside the Children of the Watch for the first time.
Like Ahsoka, Bo-Katan is also a character Filoni brought to life in The Clone Wars and who he’s helped bring into live-action in The Mandalorian. It’s also worth remembering that Filoni directed “Chapter 1: The Mandalorian” and directed and wrote “Chapter 5: The Gunslinger,” both of which did not feature any major Clone Wars characters.
The bottom line is that this episode is expected to be Mandalorians and Mandalorian allies including Greef and IG-11 fighting against Gorian Shard’s pirates on Nevarro, with a particular focus on Bo-Katan.
What do you think will happen in “Chapter 20: The Foundling?” Let us know in the comments!