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‘The Mandalorian’ may have hinted at Gina Carano spinoff show, too

‘The Mandalorian’ may have paved the way for Gina Carano to leave the show. But it may have also given her a road to a long-rumored spinoff.

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Cara Dune in “The Mandalorian” Season 2.

Cara Dune (Gina Carano) in “The Mandalorian,” season 2.

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The most recent episode of “Star Wars: The Mandalorian” included a brief moment that might have paved the way for star Gina Carano to get her own spinoff.

What happened:

Warning: This article contains spoilers for season 2, episode 4 of ‘The Mandalorian’

The fourth episode of season — titled “The Siege” — showed the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) teaming up with Cara Dune (Carano) and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) again on the planet Nevarro.

The group works to bring down an imperial base. Once it’s done, the New Republic swoops in to expect what happened in the area. One of the officers talks to Dune, asking her why she hasn’t joined the New Republic and if she would ever consider doing so. Dune denies to request. She isn’t a “joiner,” she says. Later, she gives a longing look to a New Republic medallion that is left at her side.

I wrote last week that this moment might have been a storyline for Dune to leave the show entirely, mostly because Carano has been under criticism from cancel culture Twitter recently due to her political beliefs. The episode offered a storyline-based way out if she chose to leave the show or if Disney decided to fire her due to the controversy. There has now been sign she’s going to leave.

Multiple Twitter users told me over the weekend that the moment could have hinted at something else, though — a spinoff.

A potential spinoff?

There have been rumors for a few months now that the character Dune would get her own spinoff. The New Republic moment might hint that the spinoff is actually happening, too.

In October, I wrote about how there was talk for Dune and Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) to unite in a spinoff series. Bo-Katan was recently seen in season 2, episode 3 of “The Mandalorian” as a live action character after spending time as an animated character in “Star Wars Rebels” and “The Clone Wars.”

Dune, a former shock trooper for the Alliance, and Bo-Katan, a former leader of the Mandalorian creed, would unite in the first female-focused television series in the “Star Wars” universe.

It’s unclear if this would be an animated show or a live-action series. But the recent moment definitely showed a path to bring about a new series, either focusing on Dune’s past with the Alliance (which would somehow feature Bo-Katan) or her rejoining the cause (with Bo-Katan) joining the fray.

That said, Bo-Katan’s actress Sackhoff recently commented on the rumors, saying she hadn’t heard anything concrete, according to Express.

“There is stuff that I know about talking with (producer) Dave Filoni about the world, and there are things that no one is meant to know yet.”