It’s been a minute since The Mandalorian has graced our screens. So, what’s the current status of the series? The show last aired new episodes in 2023 following a two-year hiatus, setting up the events of another spinoff. But, rest assured, The Mandalorian Season 4 is coming. It just not might not be coming as quickly as fans would like.
Here’s everything we know so far about The Mandalorian Season 4. Spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian Season 3.
The Mandalorian Season 4 Is Coming!
The Mandalorian is returning to the small screens for its fourth season. Ahead of the finale of Season 3, executive producer and recurring director Rick Famuyiwa told Collider that Season 4 was already been written. And showrunner Jon Favreau confirmed in May 2022 that he was already working on writing Season 4.
“I know Jon has written the scripts. I know he’s excited about continuing to tell stories in this world, and so when and how that happens, considering everything, we’ll see,” Famuyiwa told Deadline. “It’s certainly coming, I just don’t know exactly when.”
In the Collider interview, Famuyiwa explained the production process.
“I’d be shocked if they’d just stopped making them at this point. But yeah, I think that just the way shows come together and the process around the shows, I know that they’re deep into starting the prep and the pre-production process. Now exactly when it goes to the lens, and things start to shoot, I don’t know,” said Famuyiwa.
The delay in production for The Mandalorian Season 4 is largely attributed to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. The two major unions in Hollywood went on strike in May and July, respectively. Both strikes have since ended.
Who Will Return?
For Season 4, fans can, of course, expect Pedro Pascal to return. This is despite Pascal having said his return is a “mystery” at the moment.
“There’s such preciousness around even saying that I’m signed up for season four if it’s already written,” Pascal told RadioTimes. “I’m naturally a blabbermouth. But I really get protective of it, because I get a thrill out of the surprises that are in store for the audience.”
After what happened in Season 3, fans can expect Katee Sackhoff to return as Bo-Katan Kryze. The same goes for Emily Swallow as The Armorer, and Simon Kassianides as Axe Woves. Amy Sedaris is also expected to return as Peli Motto as well as Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Carson Teva.
Carl Weathers, who played Greef Karga, passed away on February 1, 2024. No word yet on whether Disney will recast the role.
Fans will have to wait and see for any official confirmation on who will be back for Season 4.
What Happened in Season 3?
In Season 3 of The Mandalorian, Din Djarin adopted Grogu as his son following Moff’s defeat. Grogu has become Din Grogu and a Mandalorian apprentice. They returned to Nevarro, with Greef Karga providing them a cabin to live in. With Grogu becoming an apprentice, Din Djarin told Carson Teva his plans to be “more selective” in his assignments.
Din Djarin offered to work for the New Republic “on a case-by-case basis.” The rebuilt IG-11 also became the new marshal for Nevarro.
What Can Fans Expect in Season 4?
At the Star Wars Celebration, Dave Filoni talked about what connects all the Star Wars Disney+ shows and the movies.
“On a base level, I would just say the coming conflict, the growing idea that the empire wasn’t as defeated as a lot of people want to believe and that the remnant is out there,” Filoni told Variety. “We saw that from the very beginning with The Mandalorian and how Gideon was plotting. There are always people that are willing to undermine something that the Republic is trying to build and put back on its feet.”
“I grew up with a lot of stories in the expanding universe that were exploring what happened after Return of the Jedi. There has been this, for fans, an idea that there was a new Republic and a remnant Empire and the conflict persisted after Return of the Jedi, even though the heroes won and were more in control. What did that control look like?” said Filoni.
“I think the beauty of this is that it’s a middle chapter for a much larger story,” Jon Favreau told Total Film. “And though we’ll have resolution over time with these characters, I think that how these characters fit into the larger scope and scale, but it’s not like there’s a finale that we’re building to that I have in mind.”
Favreau went on to say, “Quite the contrary, I love for these stories to go on and on. And so these characters potentially could be with us for a while, and I really love telling stories in their voice, and I love the way the adventures unfold and I’m looking forward to doing much more.”
The Mandalorian Season 4 Release Date Speculation
Unfortunately, there’s no official release date yet for The Mandalorian Season 4. For comparison, Season 3 aired in 2023 after a two-year hiatus and aired the season finale on April 19, 2023.
In December 2023, Production Weekly reported that the fourth season would start filming on June 17, 2024. The show is reportedly going to be shot in Los Angeles. But a recent update reveals a listing of The Mandalorian & Grogu starting production on June 17, 2024 as well.
Meanwhile, fans can rewatch the first three seasons of The Mandalorian on Disney+. There are also other new Star Wars properties coming to the streaming platform this year. This includes Skeleton Crew and The Acolyte, which are set to premiere in 2024 on the platform.
Filming for Andor Season 2 had already begun before the strikes in 2023. But the new season is not expected to premiere in 2024. With this in mind, fans can likely expect a 2025 release date for The Mandalorian Season 4. However, that might get adjusted depending on the release plan for The Mandalorian & Grogu.
Will There Be More Seasons of The Mandalorian?
According to Favreau, The Mandalorian could go beyond a fourth season.
“I’m having a blast, and I love working with Dave, and I love how the characters develop over time,” Favreau told the Dagobah Dispatch podcast. “I also love that there are other stories now being told in that same time period, like Ahsoka and Skeleton Crew.”
“Now it feels like there’s a larger context for me to understand…we just knew what happened after, and we knew what happened before, and there’s a lot to draw upon from additional stories that were told outside of what’s considered official canon now, but is held very dearly to the fans who’ve been at it for decades,” said Favreau.