The Mandalorian season 3 opener addresses Gina Carano’s absence

The popular Star Wars show The Mandalorian returned for its third season today and straight away, the absence of Gina Carano was addressed. 

Carano played a character called Cara Dune, a former shock trooper turned mercenary who teamed up with Pedro Pascal’s titular Mandalorian in the first two seasons of The Mandalorian.

Carano made some unsavoury comments online in 2021, including comparing “hating someone for their political views” to the Holocaust. Lucasfilm then promptly fired Carano from her role as Cara Dune.

Lucasfilm’s statement at the time said: “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

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With The Mandalorian season 3 hitting Disney+ today, the question on everyone’s mind is, will Cara Dune even be mentioned? Has she been unceremoniously killed off, or is series creator Jon Favreu going with an out-of-sight-out-of-mind approach? 

It turns out, Cara Dune is still very much alive and, presumably, well in the Star Wars universe. As Mando and Grogu visit Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) on Nevarro, we learn what has become of Cara. 

Karga tells Mando that Cara has been whisked away by New Republic special forces, who have recruited her to join them after she captured Moff Gideon in season 2. 

“Cara was a big part and continues as a character to be part of the world,” executive producer Rick Famuyiwa told Deadline. “It had to be addressed in the creative, and [Jon Favreau] took the time to think about that. 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.”

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There you have it. Cara is still out there, fighting the good fight, but it’s safe to say Carano isn’t welcome in the Star Wars universe, but Famuyiwa did weigh in on the possibility of seeing Cara again. 

“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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