The Mandalorian Season 4’s Rumored Release Plan Is a Mistake for Star Wars

The Mandalorian season 4 could still release ahead of The Mandalorian & Grogu, but that would be a mistake.

Pedro Pascal as Din Djarin in Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 3
Photo: Lucasfilm

It’s safe to say no one knows what the heck is going on with The Mandalorian season 4 now that Lucasfilm has announced a feature-length movie starring the beloved duo and directed by showrunner Jon Favreau. Has the fourth season of the show been replaced by the film? Not according to Deadline, which reports The Mandalorian season 4 is still in development in addition to the movie. With the film being fast-tracked into production this year, does this mean season 4 has been delayed until further notice? Or will it be filmed at some point this year as well?

Well, according to reports from reliable Star Wars scoopers Bespin Bulletin and Making Star Wars, The Mandalorian season 4 is indeed still a go, but the rumor is that Disney’s plan is for a fourth season to release ahead of the movie. But instead of the normal eight-episode season, season 4 would be only six episodes, with The Mandalorian & Grogu essentially acting as the season 4 finale.

Now, we should note that these rumors don’t completely gel with THR‘s own report over the weekend that, while all the season 4 scripts have indeed been written, there’s no certainty Lucasfilm will move forward with a new season of the show at all. According to the outlet, the movie is taking precedence, and if it’s a success, movie sequels could be green Iit instead of more seasons.

But if the rumors are true and a season 4 precursor to a movie is the new release strategy for The Mandalorian, a show that’s thrived on Disney+ and is the most-watched streaming original on the market, it’s frankly a bit bizarre, and evidence that the Mouse House still hasn’t learned from its recent failures with the MCU. The Mandalorian may be incredibly popular, but it’s become increasingly apparent that audiences have grown tired of the “homework” that now comes with shared universe storytelling. One only has to look back at November’s The Marvels, which starred characters who were first introduced on streaming series, to see that general audiences outside of the more hardcore Marvel fandom are turned off by the thought of having to watch a bunch of TV shows first to understand what’s going on in a movie that costs $20-ish a ticket.


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