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The Mandalorian strikes back in this first look at season 2

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Star Wars fatigue may have set in for many on the big screen, but thanks to a successful TV series that featured arguably the most popular 50-year old child in the world at the moment (don’t worry Darryn, you’re still the most lovable man-child younger than that), the hype and interest around The Mandalorian remains high. Few thought that a live-action Star Wars series that required expensive visual effects could work as well as it did, especially now that the series has become a major trump card for luring people onto Disney+.

So what’s in store for season two of The Mandalorian? In true Star Wars fashion, we know surprisingly little, but thanks to a special exclusive from Entertainment Weekly, we have some details of what to expect for the show’s second season along with some first looks at some of the on-screen action. It appears that the second season will increase the stakes, as show creator Jon Favreau revealed:

The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world. The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavour, and hopefully, we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show.

A bigger scope that they can apparently afford given all the groundwork done to bring this world to life in the first season, meaning more of the show’s gigantic budget can be spent on increasing its storytelling. One of the things that worked with the first season of The Mandalorian was how it wasn’t trying to be too ambitious, but rather kept things simple and focused on a small set of characters that you could get to know and have fun with. This was highly intentional according to Dave Filoni, arguably franchise creator George Lucas’ own padawan who has been the driving force behind the mega-successful Star Wars animated shows and Favreau’s guide on all things Star Wars.

Quite simply: We didn’t overthink things. George started with these very iconic characters whose relationships are very clear, and then introduced what’s at stake — for us, the [fate of] the Child. An audience tends to enjoy a story by sticking to tropes and characters they understand — like a gunslinger in the Old West. So it was a clear story and a fun adventure even if you’ve never seen anything [in the Star Wars universe].

While Disney is still refusing to officially acknowledge some of the more exciting rumoured additions to the cast like Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano, Temua Morris as Boba Fett, or Katee Sackhoff as Bo Katan Kryze (even forcing actors to walk to set wearing large Sith-like robes to hide their identities), a bigger focus on more characters and more of that Star Wars universe should work well if the series doesn’t become too ambitious. That’s something which Filoni – who returns as director and exec producer – reveals they will keep in check by making the story very personal:

Everything gets bigger, the stakes get higher, but also the personal story between the Child and the Mandalorian develops in a way I think people will enjoy.

Favreau, who launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man and thus knows a thing or two about world-building, believes that going bigger will simply open up the series for more stories to tell. Besides for the MCU, the filmmaker reveals he also learned a lot from how the world was captivated by HBO’s Game of Thrones. It’s that approach of differing, overlapping storylines spinning off on their end before tying back together again that Favreau wants to bring to The Mandalorian season two. Hopefully, he remembers to stick the landing better than what Game of Thrones did.

The series may also have more cinematic flavours as well, as an even more eclectic selection of directors has been brought in to helm episodes, including Robert Rodriguez and cast member Carl Weathers. Favreau himself is stepping behind the camera for the first time with the show, as he directed the new season’s first episode which will premiere on Disney+ on 30 October.

So what does this all mean for the upcoming season? As Filoni slyly puts with a nod back to the franchise’s history, “You want The Empire Strikes Back to be better than A New Hope.”

And right now it seems clear that The Mandalorian is just going to get bigger and better and possibly become the flagship of the Disney Star Wars Universe in how it sets up, tells, and introduces us to more of the galaxy than we’ve ever seen before. The article reveals more details of what to expect from the season’s opening episode, as well as how the cast brought to life their now fan-favourite characters while hinting at where they may be heading. So if you can’t wait for the first episode, you can check the EW link to find out a whole lot more.

Last Updated: September 9, 2020

11 Comments

  1. RinceThis

    September 9, 2020 at 10:15

    They gonna stick any plot and character dev in this season? I am a bit harsh. I stopped watching 3 eps to the end, which is apparently where said character dev was hiding. Need to get back to it, and try not to bite down hard every time a Star Wars merchandise opportunity is thrust in my face or wink/nod at what was in canon was referenced.

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      September 9, 2020 at 11:02

      Just embrace the fact that baby Yoda is a phenomenon. Sure, it’s as in your face as it can get, but this was one of those rare incidents that Disney actually got something right this year.

      Of course, they’ve managed to piss it all away again with Mulan. You have to hand it to the Haus of Rat, they really know how to step right into it, and now it turns out they thanked (in the credits) the Chinese officials who are currently managing and overseeing the Uyghur concentration camps. https://media0.giphy.com/media/1AhP8f6JDYC30cx24v/giphy-downsized-medium.gif

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  2. Son of Banana Jim

    September 9, 2020 at 11:02

    The only Star Wars that matters at this point – especially now that even John Boyega and Daisy Ridley have both come out to slam LucasArts for their horrible mismanagement of the last three dismal movies.

    What I hope they keep with Mandalorian is the hybrid serial nature of season 1. Most of the episodes were standalone, and the overarching arc didn’t overpower the show. It’s something I missed while watching Star Trek Discovery. I get it, series are shorter now. It’s rare to see a tv show with 24 episodes these days, and story arcs are the thing these days. But, I liked how back in the day, some of the later seasons of Star Trek Deep Space Nine/ Enterprise etc. had a general story arc, but each episode explored their own stories. Better yet, earlier Star Trek that didn’t have main story arcs and just told really cool sci fi stories.

    Mandalorian was just fantastic in this regard, and the world building was superb. They introduced new characters throughout the series but they manage to tell those individual stories in such a classic way. There’s a reason why it’s loved, because it’s oozing with nostalgia and it’s reminding us of how cool Star Wars was.

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      September 9, 2020 at 11:02

      Correction: Daisy didn’t really slam LucasArts but she definitely confirmed what many have been saying for years that the whole trilogy was thumb-sucked and mismanaged. I can’t wait for Oscar Isaacs to spill the beans as well.

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      • Skyblue

        September 9, 2020 at 11:19

        Oscar Isaacs is too classy I hope. Tired of the gripes tbh. Star Wars was a kids movie that the world fell in love with.

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        • Son of Banana Jim

          September 9, 2020 at 11:38

          I doubt Adam Driver would say anything. The guy comes off as a perpetual professional. He’ll probably only spill it all in a biography decades from now. He reminds me a bit of Keanu Reeves in that he’s just doing his job. He’ll work on some charities on the side, but won’t try to brag about any of it on social media.

          I think John Boyega though is taking full advantage of the current political climate. He’s more activist than actor, and given how Hollywood operates, he might not care that they’ll inevitably blacklist him.

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        • Skyblue

          September 9, 2020 at 11:19

          Gripes from the actors I mean. And now the Oscars have introduced a diversity clause as well. Time for another meteorite.

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          • Son of Banana Jim

            September 9, 2020 at 11:38

            Nah, I agree. I mean Hollywood is interesting because they like to appear to be on “the right side of history”, and they’ll virtue signal hard, but I’m pretty sure John Boyega won’t get any more major movie roles. He won’t get anything even close to a new Pacific Rim movie.

            Hollywood will support you if your activism focuses on things outside of how the film industry works, but the second you turn your focus inwards, your contacts are lost from the rolodex 😛

          • Son of Banana Jim

            September 9, 2020 at 11:38

            Nah, I agree. I mean Hollywood is interesting because they like to appear to be on “the right side of history”, and they’ll virtue signal hard, but I’m pretty sure John Boyega won’t get any more major movie roles. He won’t get anything even close to a new Pacific Rim movie.

            Hollywood will support you if your activism focuses on things outside of how the film industry works, but the second you turn your focus inwards, your contacts are lost from the rolodex 😛

        • Son of Banana Jim

          September 9, 2020 at 11:38

          I doubt Adam Driver would say anything. The guy comes off as a perpetual professional. He’ll probably only spill it all in a biography decades from now. He reminds me a bit of Keanu Reeves in that he’s just doing his job. He’ll work on some charities on the side, but won’t try to brag about any of it on social media.

          I think John Boyega though is taking full advantage of the current political climate. He’s more activist than actor, and given how Hollywood operates, he might not care that they’ll inevitably blacklist him.

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  3. CrAiGiSh

    September 9, 2020 at 15:42

    Hell yes.

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