The Mandalorian season 3 time jump explained

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In case you weren’t already aware, The Mandalorian is back for season three, with the first episode dropping today (1st March) on Disney+. However, you may have some questions when you sit down to watch it.

If you’re asking yourself, “wasn’t Mando’s ship destroyed at the end of season two?” And “didn’t Baby Yoda leave to train with Luke Skywalker?”, you’re not the only one.

So how have they ended up back together on a brand new ship? Well, to find out the answers you actually have to have seen a completely different show, The Book of Boba Fett (also available to stream on Disney+).

the mandalorian season 3 time jump explained

The fifth episode of The Book of Boba Fett – which aired at the start of 2022 – essentially picks up directly where season two of The Mandalorian left off. And in some ways, it almost acts like the season three premiere despite being a completely separate show.

*Spoilers* That fifth episode sees Din show up, with the special episode essentially concentrating on him. And by the end of Boba Fett’s season, Din finds himself a new ship, as well as a new quest, with The Armorer explaining that he must be washed within "the living waters beneath the mines of Mandalore" to truly regain his status as a Mandalorian and show penance. Grogu also decides to return to Din and abandon his training with Luke.

Quite a lot of information to miss out on if you hadn't already seen it!

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Series creator Jon Favreau has explained, "it became clear to me as we were looking at what their lives would be like apart ... I guess you could do Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as like Butch Cassidy a few episodes and the Sundance Kid separately."

"We felt that time had to be spent apart and we had to show progression, so that when we meet Grogu now we understand why his abilities are different. And also the fact that the Mandalorian has to learn about what he has to do, or can do, to be permitted back into the fold after committing the one sin that was very clear from the first scene of the first episode, that was part of his identity," he continues.

Even though we do get some explanation in The Mandalorian’s season three premiere, particularly when it comes to Din’s new quest, you may want to go back and watch that episode to fully understand what has happened since.

Catch the first episode of The Mandalorian season three – as well as the previous two seasons – now on Disney+.

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