Lucasfilm recently released a new trailer for The Mandalorian’s upcoming third season and, within 24 hours, it garnered over 83.5 million views. With this number, it now holds the record for the most viewed trailer for a Star Wars series, beating the previous holder, Obi-Wan Kenobi, which had over 58 million views within its first 24 hours, by more than 25 million.
Lucasfilm had earlier released a teaser that was poorly received by the show’s fans, partially because of the multiple leaks ahead of its release. This performance prompted many observers to suggest that the season’s prolonged absence – the final episode of the second season aired well over two years ago on December 18, 2020 – has led to dwindled interest.
The new trailer’s performance has put all doubts to bed since a record viewership number means fans are still interested in the Pedro Pascal-led show.
According to the show’s official synopsis, Din Djarin and Grogu "will cross paths with old allies and make new enemies as he and Grogu continue their journey together." In line with the synopsis, the trailer shows The Mandalorian making his way across the galaxy with his ward. It implies that the titular character will travel to his home country of Mandalore in search of forgiveness. It also suggests that Grogu is more adept at using the Force than the last time we saw him.
Apart from these tidbits, there is little else known about the show’s plot.
The Mandalorian is the first live-action television series in the Star Wars franchise as well as one of Disney’s most successful shows. The action-adventure space western television series has consistently earned rave reviews from critics with its critical success resulting in numerous awards, including 14 Primetime Emmy Awards, three Hugo Awards, one Golden Globe Award, and many more. The show has also enjoyed lots of attention from viewers with the second season becoming the most-watched streaming title in the United States in January 2021.
For the upcoming season, Pedro Pascal and Giancarlo Esposito will reprise their roles as mortal enemies Djarin and Moff Gideon respectively. Katee Sackhoff, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Amy Sedaris, and Omid Abtahi will also return. The show will feature new characters as well, with Pascal stating that, "There will be some familiar faces and there will be a lot of new faces. In addition, there is again a lot of action and a really great story."
Favreau, the show’s creator, will reprise his role as executive producer with Dave Filoni, Colin Wilson, Kathleen Kennedy, Karen Gilchrist, Carrie Beck, and Rick Famuyiwa. The showrunner also wrote the script for all eight episodes, although he had help from Filoni on two of them and Noah Kloor on one.
The Mandalorian's success has led to the creation of two spin-offs: The Book of Boba Fett, which premiered in December 2021, and Ahsoka, which will be released sometime later this year. Favreau has also since stated he's already writing the script for the fourth season meaning that the show might be on our screens for a while longer.