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Mandalorian Exec Producers Discuss Moving On Without Cara Dune

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When we left The Mandalorian in Season 2, Cara Dune was an important character, then actress Gina Carrano got sacked. Now The Mandalorian Season 3 exec producers Rick Famuyiwa and Dave Filoni discuss moving on without Cara Dune in a recent interview. I’ll say up front that these answers feel like they’ve been filtered through the Disney PR machine several times before ending up in the mouths of Filoni and Famuyiwa. Then again, what else would you expect in such a delicate situation?

Speaking with Deadline there is what the pair had to say about going into The Mandalorian Season 3 without Cara Dune.

“Cara was a big part and continues as a character to be part of the world. It had to be addressed in the creative and [Jon Favreau] took the time to think about that,” Famuyiwa said. “It was something that was discussed as we knew it was going to have impact on the show, but at the same time, what has been at the heart of the show are the two characters — Din Djarin and Grogu — so ultimately it felt like a servicing of that, and around the Mandalorians.” 

So where is Cara, Dave Filoni just says, ‘it’s a big Galaxy’.

“It’s a big galaxy and we have many characters in it — many characters are fighting for their screen time. We’ll just have to see as the season unfolds what the adventures are, but it’s a great character, someone who was vital to Din Djarin’s beginnings; we’ll see if he has evolved beyond that.”

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“Now Season 3 is mainly dealing with Mandalorians and the Mandalorian saga, the Mandalorian tale,” Filoni added. “(There’s) different characters he’s met since Bo-Katan (who) take a lot more prominence, which makes sense where his arc is going, the story of him and Grogu specifically.”

Asked specifically about the online campaigns to save Cara Dune?

“It’s a great character,” answered Filoni.

“I get requests across the board for all types of characters,” he said. “I’ve been with Star Wars, it’s coming on 20 years. It’s a great galaxy. The hardest thing is finding time and space for everyone out there. George [Lucas] use to talk about when he was making the prequels, he had so many great characters and they all wanted screen time. How do you do it when your job is to tell the story of Anakin Skywalker? I relate to that.”

Ultimately reading between the lines it seems like there will be a passing mention of Cara’s absence in Season 3. She’s off having adventures solely in the realm of the fan fictionists now, and that’s that. In the words of Jeremy Clarkson, “Oh no!…….Anyway.”

Will Cara Be Missed?

Is Cara Dune a ‘great character’? Very far from it in my opinion, I didn’t dislike Dune, but the character was little more than background noise to me. I mean, compare Cara to Migs Mayfield as a well-drawn out character. It’s not even close in my opinion.

That all being said, It’s all really none of my business. I don’t do politics where avoidable and Disney has the right to work with whoever they want in my opinion. End of story, and I doubt we’ll get more than a passing line from Greef Karga about where Cara scooted off to. Will Cara be missed? I have to say I doubt it, but never say never.

It was also revealed in this article that Rick Famuyiwa will be directing three episodes of The Mandalorian Season 3. Specifically episodes 1, 7 and then 8, the finale.

What do you think as exec producers Rick Famuyiwa and Dave Filoni discuss moving on without Cara Dune? Thoughts below as always.

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