Fans of The Mandalorian are already eagerly awaiting the third season of the hit Star Wars show, but creator Jon Favreau has revealed that he is already working on the scripts for season four. With some big shows heading to Disney+ in the near future, a fourth season of The Mandalorian is probably at least two years away, but while talking to CinemaBlend at Star Wars Celebration Favreau also hinted that there are plenty of ideas about where the series will go.
Jon Favreau had a big impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he directed Iron Man, and his contribution to the Marvel saga has continued with subsequent Iron Man movies as well as his appearance in the franchise as Happy Hogan. In recent years though, Favreau has become one of the driving forces behind the Star Wars franchise’s movie to TV, working on The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and a number of other projects. With season 3 of The Mandalorian now set to premiere in early 2023, the writer and director is already deep in development of the fourth season. He told CinemaBlend:
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“With television, we’re very lucky that we don’t have to rush things through into an hour-and-a-half, two hours. We get to tell stories slowly. So now, as Dave [Filoni]’s doing Ahsoka, it’s very much informing the writing that I’m doing for [The Mandalorian] Season 4. It becomes – how should I put it – more precise. When I was writing the first season of Mandalorian, I could do anything, set it anywhere. Dave [Filoni] would read it, we’d go back and forth, I would adjust. And there it was. Now we have to figure out why there are certain Mandalorians who wear helmets, certain ones who don’t wear helmets, what’s happening on Mandalore, what’s Bo-Katan doing at the time? How does she feel about that? Where is the Darksaber? So it really creates very fertile ground for imagination, for storytelling.”
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Being set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, The Mandalorian is a tricky series to negotiate, having to canonically remain true to what has come before while also being mindful of the sequel trilogy. However, when it comes to keeping all of the threads from getting knotted, the team have the walking Star Wars bible that is Dave Filoni to rely on, and Favreau commented that when it comes to crossovers and unexpected character appearances, it is Feloni who makes all of that possible. He said:
“I think that inevitably, no matter how simple you start, the story threads start to connect and weave and overlap. And with Dave Filoni’s deep understanding of everything around the time period, opportunities will always arise when we have story meetings and conversations about, ‘Well, you know what character would be here now…’ I mean, that’s really how the Luke thing happened. It wasn’t that we necessarily planned to include Luke Skywalker in Season 2. But as we were looking for [Grogu] to get training, we started to weigh out, ‘Well, what Jedi are around? Who’s left?’ And it started to not make sense for it not to be Luke. As we start to tell stories, those stories take on lives of their own, and they have trajectories. And then as those trajectories begin to organically intersect, larger stories with more characters start to make more sense.”
There is a lot of expansion happening within the Star Wars universe right now, and with plans spreading out years into the future, it doesn’t seem like there is any intention of stopping that anytime soon.