The last season of The Mandalorian had Grogu and Din being separted, but come Season 3, the two are back and driving a new ship. The two had actually had their own arc in The Book of Boba Fett, and while fans thought it was a poor choice to have a pivotal character moment on a spinoff show, Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau explains why they did it.
In an interview with Empire, Favreau explains:
“We couldn’t just hit a hard reset… It’s going to be interesting to see how this unfolds for people who may not have seen The Book Of Boba Fett. But I think The Book Of Boba Fett offered time to pass. You saw what Mando was like without Baby Yoda and we saw what Grogu was like without the Mandalorian and neither of them was doing too good. So them coming back together was a really good plot point that allows us to jump back into Season 3 while maintaining the central relationship.”
Favreau does say that they made sure Grogu’s time with Luke wasn’t for nothing, and that now he has some insight on his Force abilities, while at the same time embracing his Mandalorian tribe.
Personally, I’m still in the camp that believes Mando kind of overstayed his welcome in TBOBF. I mean, they could have used some of that Luke time to establish the rivalry between Cad Bane and Boba, but instead it was all just implied by the end.
Either way, we got what we got, and I’m just happy to move forward with the story. Catch The Mandalorian when it returns with its third season on March 1 on Disney+.