The Mandalorian kicked off its third season on Wednesday, bringing Din Djarin and Grogu back to audiences. The premiere picked up on events from the season two finale and from The Mandalorian episodes shoved into The Book of Boba Fett. Among other things, the show addressed Cara Dune’s absence from Nevarro.
The end of season two of The Mandalorian set Cara Dune, played by Gina Carano, up for a seemingly big role. The New Republic recruited her and made her a marshal. Fans speculated Dune would be part of the Rangers of the New Republic spinoff TV series. However, Lucasfilm parted ways with Gina Carano in February 2021. This came after Carano made a number of posts on social media. In one instance, Carano compared political differences in that moment to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.
Some wondered what it meant for Cara Dune. The Mandalorian season three premiere has that answer: basically, she’s busy elsewhere. Din Djarin visits Nevarro to attempt an IG-11 resurrection. High Magistrate Greef Karga explains he could use Din’s help as a marshal. When Din inquires about Marshal Dune, Karga says Special Forces recruited her. Star Wars novels, including the Aftermath trilogy and Alphabet Squadron, have mentioned the New Republic’s Special Forces. The unit is part of the overall New Republic Defense Force.
Din, of course, declines the position. He has his own priorities and they don’t include staying on Nevarro. And it doesn’t sound like Karga plans to get a replacement marshal from the New Republic.
Either way, it seems like that is that for Cara Dune and Star Wars.
New episodes of The Mandalorian premiere on Wednesdays on Disney+.