"The Mandalorian" fans were left wondering about the fate of Gina Carano's Cara Dune character, who did not return in Season 3 after being a significant part of the show's first two seasons.
The showrunners opted for an approach that addressed Dune's absence without drawing too much attention to it, clarifying where the character went.
Cara Dune was introduced in Season 1 as a former Alderaanian rebel who took it upon herself to track down former Imperial officers who had turned into warlords.
She became disillusioned with the New Republic's shift toward politics and became a mercenary before settling on the planet Sorgan, where she met Din and Grogu.
Initially, Cara Dune was apprehensive and fought the Mandalorian, but they eventually became unlikely friends after teaming up to protect a nearby city from raiders.
Dune remained on Nevarro with Greef Karga, cleaning up the city and defending it against future Imperial threats while assuming the role of the city's marshal and later becoming a New Republic Marshal and ranger.
Despite her new responsibilities, she continued to assist Din whenever he required her help and played a crucial role in defeating Moff Gideon, helping to save Grogu before Luke Skywalker took the child under his protection.
LucasFilm's removal of Carano from a presentation about "Rangers of the New Republic" prior to her firing suggested that the studio was considering recasting the role.
While a new actress could potentially play Cara Dune in the spinoff, it is clear that any recasting would not happen in "The Mandalorian."