The mystery behind Moff Gideon’s fate continues to be revealed in this week’s episode of Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 3.
A new episode of Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 3 is now available to watch on Disney+, with ‘The Pirate’ taking fans back to Nevarro for a pitched battle, whist reintroducing a few familiar faces and deepening the mystery behind what may have happened to Moff Gideon. (Spoilers ahead)
This week’s instalment begins with the inevitable return of the Pirate King to Greef Karga’s frontier city, with the loss of some of his snub fighters in ‘The Apostate’ resulting in Gorian Shard’s Corsair raining down fire on the innocent citizens below.
A cry for help from Karga is received by Rebel pilot Carson Teva on Adelphi Base who realises Nevarro seems to be the centre of one too many galactic coincidences and intends to petition the New Republic for a squad to liberate the planet. Star Wars Rebels fans will no doubt have been floored and delighted by the bar sequence in which the animated character of Garazeb ‘Zeb’ Orrelios makes his long-awaited live-action debut, once again voiced by Steve Blum.
Making his way to Coruscant, Teva realises that the New Republic’s red tape and bureaucracy will prevent assistance from making it to Nevarro in time. In a meeting with pencil-pusher Colonel Tuttle, the Rebel pilot also encounters former Imperial communications officer Elia Kane, who seems to want to discourage Tuttle from offering to step in and help repel the pirate siege. It’s becoming clear that after the events of ‘The Convert’ and this week’s episode that Kane has her own shady agenda and may still be working for Moff Gideon.
Deciding to take matters into his own hands, Teva uses his connection to R5-D4 to locate the hidden Mandalorian covert and request their help in liberating Nevarro. Following an impassioned speech by both Din Djarin and Paz Vizsla, the armoured warriors make their way to the planet, splitting up for a combined ground and aerial assault on Shard’s forces.
Following a pitched battle, the Pirate King is finally defeated, his Corsair crashing into the lava flats and exploding. The citizens of Nevarro manage to return to their city at last and High Magistrate Kreega rewards the Mandalorians with their own land to live on. With the battle won, the Armorer requests Bo-Katan Kryze to remove her helmet and show her face to the rest of the clan, telling her she has lived in both worlds and can unite Mandalore once again.
The episode concludes with Teva discovering a missing Imperial Lambda shuttle floating in space, the same craft that was being used to transport Moff Gideon to trial. A search of the wreckage reveals no survivors or any sign of Gideon, but a piece of Beskar steel lodged in the wall of the craft suggests either another group of Mandalorians may be responsible for his abduction or else someone is trying to frame Din Djarin for the crime.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 3 is currently streaming on Disney+ for all subscribers, with new episodes dropping each consecutive Wednesday.