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The Mandalorian Season 3 Has Already Improved On 1 Crucial Aspect

The Mandalorian season 3 looks to somehow be improving one of the show’s most-acclaimed aspects thus far: its behind-the-camera talent. Alongside the newest trailer for The Mandalorian season 3 came news of certain directors being added to the team that has been established throughout seasons 1 and 2. With this, The Mandalorian season 3 is improving a crucial aspect of the show’s continued success.

The Mandalorian season 3 is once again being written by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, the masterminds behind the inception of the show. The duo was also highly involved in the spin-off The Book of Boba Fett alongside Mandalorian season 2 director Robert Rodriguez. Going into The Mandalorian season 3, Favreau and Filoni have expanded their team once again, including Academy Award-nominated filmmakers.

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The directors in question that have been hired for The Mandalorian season 3 are Rachel Morrison, Lee Isaac Chung, and Peter Ramsey. In terms of Morrison, she is largely known as a cinematographer on films such as Black Panther and Mudbound. In terms of directing credits, Morrison has directed episodes for TV shows such as American Crime, and American Crime Story. Isaac Chung is mostly known for writing and directing the 2020 film Minari, while Ramsey is known for co-directing 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

These directors all improve The Mandalorian in one crucial aspect: Academy Award recognition. Prior to The Mandalorian season 3, the only director involved in the show with filmmaking Oscar recognition was Taika Waititi for his work on Jojo Rabbit. Morrison received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography for Mudbound. On top of this, Isaac Chung’s Minari was nominated for both Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Finally, Peter Ramsey became the first African American person to be nominated and win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Into the Spider-Verse.

With these accolades, The Mandalorian is showing its ambition. While Favreau, Filoni, and even the other directors known for The Mandalorian are no strangers to awards recognition, the accolades of the new additions are not to be ignored. While Morrison, Isaac Chung, and Ramsey are joining the team, The Mandalorian still features some familiar faces behind the camera for season 3.

These directors include Rick Famuyiwa, Carl Weathers, and fan-favorite Bryce Dallas Howard. Famuyiwa directed The Mandalorian episodes 1×2, 1×6, and 2×8, while Weathers directed episode 2×5 alongside starring as Greef Karga. Dallas Howard’s Star Wars work includes the acclaimed The Mandalorian episodes 1×4 and 2×3, as well as The Book of Boba Fett episode 2×5, which focused on the return of Din Djarin’s titular Mandalorian. These three directors returning for The Mandalorian is an incredibly good sign.

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Each of these filmmakers, while maybe lacking in awards recognition of the new additions, knows The Mandalorian universe inside and out after working on it both in front of and behind the camera since its inception. Favreau and Filoni have built a core team that knows the strengths and weaknesses of both each other and the show, which can help guide the newcomers to The Mandalorian season 3 through their already exceptional work on the show thus far.

With these directors announced to be working on The Mandalorian season 3, questions will be asked about Favreau and Filoni themselves. Filoni has directed in each of The Mandalorian seasons (episodes 1×1 and 1×5) and The Book of Boba Fett (episode 1×6), while Favreau only directed episode 2×1 of The Mandalorian despite writing almost every episode of both shows so far. With six directors being announced for the show, many will be wondering whether Favreau and Filoni will join the team.

It has already been announced that Favreau and Filoni will be the sole writing team for The Mandalorian season 3, besides Noah Kloor in episode 3×3. This likely means that neither filmmaker will be directing for this coming season, largely due to their duties as writers and Filoni’s busy schedule working on the upcoming 2023 Star Wars TV show Ahsoka. However, with six directors being announced for season 3 and eight episodes known to make up the season, The Mandalorian season 3 could see Favreau and Filoni helm the other two episodes should the other directors only craft one episode each.

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