The wait is almost over. The second season of The Mandalorian is due out at the end of October and while Disney have been fairly radio-silent about it all, we finally received our first look.
The first season introduced us to a new world following the demise of the Emperor and his Empire. We follow Din Djarin, an orphan raised by a group of Mandalorian warriors, who makes a living as a bounty hunter- no surprise there. His universe is shifted when he encounters the Child, a being from an unknown species. Abandoning his life as a lonely gunslinger, Mando now travels the Galaxy protecting the Child from the fragmented Empire. The season concludes with Mando and the Child embarking on a journey to find the Child’s species. All the while, Moff Gideon proves that he isn’t a foe to be trifled with as he ignites the legendary Darksaber.
During the build up for Season 2 we were hit with an avalanche of rumors that Disney refuse to confirm or deny. Gina Carano, who plays Cara Duno, has even said that “Some of them are true, some are not true”. As of now, we don’t know which ones are true and which ones are pure fabrications.
Among the rumors you have Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano and Temuera Morrison as an aged Clone Trooper. However, some are saying he’ll play the iconic Boba Fett. Katee Sackhoff has also been rumored to play Bo-Katan Kryze. While Michael Biehn and Timothy Olyphant have been rumored for secret roles.
According to Favreau, this new season will focus on “introducing a larger story in the world”. “The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and hopefully we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show.” Adds Filoni, “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.”
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While season one was very much focused on Mando, it looks as though season 2 will explore new avenues. Inspired by Game of Thrones, season 2 will explore new storytelling angles that look to follow different perspectives, says Favreau. So it is possible that instead of focusing purely on Mando, we could get episodes that take a different route.
As Mando embarks on his quest, he’ll be forced to face new obstacles and enemies along the way. “He is very much a passenger to the experience in unexpected ways — not knowing what’s to come, not knowing how much or how best to protect the Child. We don’t know how far he will go to do that, and they’re finding new ways to push the envelope.” says Pascal.
One of the biggest obstacles, minus the struggles of parenthood, is definitely Gideon. “It’s an iconic battle. I want to disarm him mentally as well. Who knows? Maybe there’s an opportunity to get him to fight some battles for me. You may think I’m a villain, but I’m trying to harness some energy and some powers for a path that could be best for all. You’ll get to see him be somewhat diplomatic and more of a manipulator.” Says Esposito who plays the great Moff.
Obviously, one of the biggest surprises in season one was the appearance of the Darksaber. We’re hoping we find out how Gideon got it and what happened during the Great Purge. But, regardless of those answers, it looks as though Gideon will prove himself a worth wielder of the legendary blade. The actor also confirmed that he will command “a larger vehicle, hint-hint” and will have some one-on-one quality time with the Child.
That can only go well…
We have a lot to look forward to. But will it be as good as season one? Well, it seems that the cast and crew are confident that this season will exceed expectations. “I have no question fans are going to like this season even more — everything’s in there,” Carano says. “If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’re going to get to see things you’ve always wanted to see.”
Written by Iron Man‘s Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. The series debuts new episodes weekly on Disney+ from October 30th.