Lucasfilm is giving us a small pause in the audiovisual department, but 2023 has the return of The Mandalorian and more.
The Rogue One prequel has left us with a 12 episode long first season. Star Wars: Andor has concluded in Disney+, during a 2022 in which we’ve been able to enjoy quite a bit of content set in the galaxy far, far away. Besides the final episodes of The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the animated short series Tales of the Jedi, Andor took the audience back to the age of the birth of the Rebellion. So what now? Well, there’s some stuff…
Clone Wars and Rebels are some of the greatest animated Star Wars series, both having already finished. From creator Dave Filoni and their team, we also got The Bad Batch, an almost spiritual successor to Clone Wars starring several very special clones. Already in the Galactic Empire age, the members of this squadron face a new status quo in the galaxy. The release of Season 2 is set for January 4, 2023.
Also on the animation side of things, there’s two more projects on the way. Star Wars: Visions returns with a second season, although no longer focused on Japanese animation studios. This time, the shorts will come from everywhere around the world, set to be released sometime during Spring 2023. Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures is also the first production set in the High Republic Era that isn’t a book or novel. This one, however, is being marketed specifically towards children.
The Mandalorian and two more spin-offs
Din Djarin and Grogu are back together again. Both galaxy explorers will travel to Mandalore in Season 3, a planet devastated by the Empire where some legendary mysteries of the Mandalorian cult are hidden. Together they’ll face redemption, often involved with conflict, with Bo-Katan Krize wanting the throne of Mandalore as the legitimate ruler. Since Mando is in possession of the Dark Saber, tradition and legend points at him as the one with the right of rule.
The Mandalorian Season 3 is set for release in February, although we still don’t have a specific date.
The Book of Boba Fett was the first The Mandalorian spin-off, but not the last. Ahsoka, a series starring Anakin Skywalker’s former padawan (played by Rosario Dawson), will continue the Togruta’s journey in a production that looks to bring characters from Rebels like Ezra Bridger, Hera Syndulla, and Sabine Wren back into the fold, now in live-action. The search for Grand Admiral Thrawn, right hand of Emperor Palpatine alongside Tarkin and Darth Bader, will be one of the main plot threads of this new series.
The third spin-off also takes place after Return of the Jedi, and will premiere in Disney+ on 2023. Skeleton Crew is still a bit of a mystery, but we know it’ll center around a character played by Jude Law and a group of children and teens. It’s been described as “The Stranger Things of Star Wars”.