Rick Famuyiwa apparently directed both the first and last episodes of The Mandalorian season 3

We’re nearing the premiere of the highly-anticipated third season of The Mandalorian, and it seems we might now know who directed the premiere episode.

Bespin Bulletin recently picked up an interview that actors Emily Swallow (the Armorer) and Tait Fletcher (Paz Vizsla) did with The Virtual Cantina. Fletcher mentioned enjoying working with Rick Famuyiwa, and Swallow then chimed in saying she worked with him more than any other director. Swallow then added,

“He for season 3 directed our first and last episode – and that was really incredible. Seeing him start out the journey of the season, and end the season. Because we’re shooting completely out of order, we’re jumping back and forth between episodes, and to know he was taking care of where we were beginning and where we needed to end up. It was really good.”

That certainly makes it sound like Famuyiwa directed both the season premiere and the season finale of season three, which is noteworthy. We already knew the full list of directors on the season, which in addition to Famuyiwa includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Carl Weathers, Lee Isaac Chung, Rachel Morrison, and Peter Ramsey. But we don’t know which episodes they’re doing, so these are the first two pieces of the puzzle as far as that’s concerned.

This also seems to suggest that the Armorer shows up both at the beginning and end of the season, so it will be interesting to see the storyline unfold as Mando seeks to right his wrongs. Will he do so and rejoin his former clan? Or will he come to realize that his old family isn’t exactly right in how rigid their ways are? I’m excited to follow that thread during the season.

Famuyiwa is, of course, no stranger to The Mandalorian either, and in addition to directing these two episodes he’s also an executive producer on the third season as well. His work on the first two seasons (directing “Chapter 6: The Prisoner” and “Chapter 15: The Believer”) impressed showrunners Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni enough, as well as the Lucasfilm leadership, that Famuyiwa was brought on board in more ways for the upcoming season. And it seems he’ll kick it all off when The Mandalorian season 3 premieres on Disney+ on March 1.

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