Giancarlo Esposito, the actor who portrays Moff Gideon on The Mandalorian, teases what his role could be in season 3 and why it needs him.
Giancarlo Esposito has recently talked about why The Mandalorian season 3 needs his character, Moff Gideon. The Mandalorian, which premiered in 2019 on Disney+, is the first live-action Star Wars show. It has been a massive success for Lucasfilm and Disney, bringing in many subscribers on the streaming platform’s first day and continuing to do so. It has also spawned spinoff shows such as The Book of Boba Fett, which launches later this year. Season 3 has no official release date besides it coming out in 2022.
Details of The Mandalorian season 3 are still very much under wraps. The show follows a Mandalorian named Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) who comes across Grogu, a young alien that is the same species as Jedi master Yoda. The new season will presumably follow him as he deals with the aftermath of Grogu going to train with Luke Skywalker after rescuing him from the clutches of Moff Gideon. Gideon made his first appearance toward the end of the first season and continued to hunt down Djarin and Grogu throughout the second season. While there were other villains that the main characters had to deal with, Gideon was the main threat to Grogu.
Now, Esposito has talked about his character’s role in the third season. In an interview with Variety, Esposito teases that he thinks fans will get to see more of Gideon even though Lucasfilm has not confirmed his return. He also talks about why the show would need his character, which can be read below:
“I think we need to see Moff to continue the story, and to continue the pressure and edge that someone with the big brain that Moff has thinks about.”
While remaining cryptic, Esposito provided some hints at what The Mandalorian season 3 could be about. Gideon’s past is still very much a mystery, but Esposito saying the story needs Gideon could indicate that he continues to be a threat to Grogu while Luke trains him. With the popularity of Luke Skywalker, it would make sense if season 3 continued Grogu’s storyline even though he is no longer with Djarin. Training with Skywalker could make Grogu one of the most powerful force-wielders, which would be the opposite of what Gideon wants. Seeing Gideon escape to hunt down Grogu could not only provide a satisfying storyline but could also bring back a fan-favorite character.
While his role and the upcoming season’s details are slim so far, it seems that Moff Gideon will be making some sort of appearance. Disney is notoriously secretive when it comes to their Marvel and Star Wars projects, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Esposito hasn’t been confirmed for The Mandalorian season 3’s cast. Moff Gideon played a crucial role in the first two seasons, but season 3 could benefit from introducing new villains to the series. Grand Admiral Thrawn was teased in season 2, and with Gideon captured, it’s possible the story could move on from his character.
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