The latest episode of The Mandalorian packs more classic Star Wars thrills as well as some new hints about what the Empire wants with our precious Baby Yoda.
Released first thing Friday morning, fans had hoped the episode might see the live-action debut of one Ahsoka Tano, but that now appears more likely to happen in episode five (from The Clone Wars showrunner Dave Filoni, no less).
However, the most recent chapter in the Disney+ series wasn’t devoid of familiar faces, as Gina Carano’s Cara Dune and Carl Weathers’ Greef Karga made their triumphant return when Mando stopped off on Nevarro.
While the reception to The Mandalorian season two has been positive thus far, some fans are getting antsy about when they can expect answers to the show’s biggest questions, including the fate of Boba Fett and the location of Yoda’s species.
Of course, it doesn’t help that the series is not a binge-watch launch, with The Mandalorian release schedule instead dropping just one episode per week across a period of two months.
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You can also read our The Mandalorian review for season two, episode four (beware spoilers!) online.
For now, here’s all the essential information about season two of The Mandalorian.
The Mandalorian season 2 release date
The Mandalorian season two premiered on Disney+ on Friday 30th October.
Unlike with season one, fans in the UK aren’t having to wait longer for the second season than our friends across the pond, meaning it should be easier to avoid spoilers.
The Mandalorian is once again following a weekly release schedule, with new episodes released on Fridays at 8:00am GMT over the next two months.
— Star Wars (@starwars) September 2, 2020
Fortunately, production on these episodes wasn’t severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, as filming had wrapped by the time COVID-19 began rapidly spreading.
“We were lucky enough to have finished photography before the lockdown,” said showrunner Jon Favreau during a virtual panel for the ATX Television Festival.
“Thanks to how technology-forward Lucasfilm and ILM are, we have been able to do all of our visual effects and editing and postproduction remotely through systems that had been set up by those companies for us.”
Favreau originally confirmed the start of shooting with an Instagram post on 13th November 2019, barely a day after the series premiered in the United States.
Furthermore, it’s been reported that a third season of The Mandalorian is already in the works at Disney+, with Jon Favreau busy working on new scripts during lockdown.
The Mandalorian season 2 cast
The Mandalorian cast is led by Pedro Pascal as the eponymous character, also known as Din Djarin, who famously never takes off his helmet in front of another living soul.
Returning actors from the first season include Carl Weathers as bounty hunter boss Greef Karga, Gina Carano as ex-soldier Cara Dune and Giancarlo Esposito as the formidable Moff Gideon.
“It’s so exciting for me to be in a show where I can wear a cape and own it, and where I can have a lightsaber and really own it,” Esposito said of his villainous role, which will see him battle with legendary Star Wars weapon the Darksaber.
And Pedro Pascal hinted in an interview with Variety that he spent a lot more time on set in season two than in season one, in which he provided a lot of voiceover work while stuntmen were in the suit.
In the same interview, Pascal was asked how he felt essentially being the face of the Star Wars franchise, to which he replied, “I mean, come on, there isn’t a face! If you want to say, ‘You’re the silhouette’ — which is also a team effort — then, yeah.”
Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) also appears as Mandalorian warrior Bo-Katan Kryze, a role she previously played on animated shows The Clone Wars and Rebels.
She was joined by WWE star Sasha Banks (credited as Mercedes Varnado) and Simon Kassianides (Agents of SHIELD) as her warrior associates.
Justified star Timothy Olyphant pops up in the first episode as Tatooine marshal Cobb Vanth, first introduced in a series of Star Wars novels, while Attack of the Clones star Temuera Morrison cameos as original trilogy character Boba Fett.
Sin City’s Rosario Dawson is bringing another fan-favourite character back to screens – Jedi knight Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s former apprentice and another key figure in the Clone Wars and Rebels TV shows.
Horatio Sanz also returns as Mythrol in season two, AKA the blue guy from the very first episode, while John Leguizamo is unrecognisable as the voice of Gor Koresh in Chapter 9: The Marshal.
Looking ahead, Aliens and Terminator actor Michael Biehn is said to be joining the cast as a bounty hunter from Mando’s past, but he’s yet to make his first appearance.
The Mandalorian season 2 trailer
There is indeed! Teasing a hunt for Jedi across the stars the new footage shows us Mando and The Child taking on new challenges, fighting their way through the worst scum and villainy the galaxy has to offer and enjoying a lot of scenic spaceship rides.
Plus, Baby Yoda knows how to use buttons now! They grow up so fast.
And in October, a second trailer arrived – with a 60-second teaser showing the Razor Crest crashing on an ice planet, after being chased by X-Wing fighters.
It also sees Mando reunited with Gina Carano’s Cara Dune and Carl Weathers’ Greef Karga, whom he informs, “I’m here on business, I need your help – I’ve been quested to bring this one back to its kind.”
And the bounty hunter is as loyal as ever to good old Baby Yoda – informing an antagonising alien creature that “Wherever I go, he goes.”
The Mandalorian season 2 plot
The Mandalorian season two is still unfolding so there’s room to speculate on where the second half will take us, but we’ve already seen a lot of exciting developments.
Mando has been scouring the galaxy looking for clues as to where The Child comes from, a journey that has so far seen him cross paths with Cobb Vanth and Bo-Katan Kryze, with Ahsoka Tano not far behind.
This being The Mandalorian, there have also been some entertaining detours, including one scary encounter with a nest of giant alien spiders (arachnophobes may wish to skip that episode).
Generally, the series has maintained its format of relatively self-contained episodes, but we are seeing continuing themes and plot threads emerge – just as showrunner Jon Favreau had promised prior to the premiere.
He told EW: “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.”
We’re seemingly building up to a big confrontation with Giancarlo Esposito’s villain Moff Gideon, an ex-Imperial officer who wants to get his hands on The Child for his own nefarious purposes.
“I’ll be going toe-to-toe with Mando,” said Esposito. “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.”
How did coronavirus affect The Mandalorian?
Not too badly, actually – as noted above, season two had already completed filming before the pandemic-induced lockdown, and postproduction continued remotely meaning the series returned more or less one year on from its original US airdate.
And looking ahead to the next season, the future’s also looking bright. Showrunner Jon Favreau revealed that the show’s “virtual sets”, which are explained in behind-the-scenes documentary Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, are a major advantage in today’s difficult landscape.
Favreau told The Hollywood Reporter: “The fact that the set is much more contained is a benefit, because you can limit the number of people… The amount of people near the camera could be much smaller than [usual].
“We also shoot a lot outside, which is helpful, too. We build to a moment in filming more like an animated production, where we have a lot of storyboards, a lot of discussions and scouting in virtual reality.”
Apparently, the only difficulty from the lockdown was recording the orchestral soundtrack, which instead had to be put together using considerable ingenuity.
“We had to have people either recording remotely, or in much smaller groups, distanced very far apart,” Favreau said. “I’m hearing the music now as we’re mixing episodes, and it’s remarkable what they were able to achieve under the circumstances.”
So, it’s quite possible that any delays on The Mandalorian’s future production may not be quite as drastic as some other television shows have suffered, a relief for fans excited to see what’s in store.
The Mandalorian season 2 news
Ahsoka in The Mandalorian season 2
Four episodes in and she’s yet to make her first appearance, but fans are optimistic it could happen in the next chapter, which is written and directed by Clone Wars mastermind Dave Filoni.
Rumours are already swirling over whether Dawson could play the character in more projects further down the line, as Tano is one of the franchise’s most popular characters.
Is Boba Fett in The Mandalorian season 2?
Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in the Star Wars prequels, returned for The Mandalorian’s season two premiere in an extremely brief cameo as his cloned son, Boba.
The last time we saw Boba he was plummeting into the mouth of the deadly Sarlacc in Return of the Jedi, but it appears that he found his way out of that agonising death trap.
The enduring cult fanbase behind Boba Fett was essentially the inspiration for The Mandalorian, so expect the character to reappear in a larger role somewhere down the line – or perhaps even in his own spin-off.
The Mandalorian character posters
Disney Plus has revealed a slate of brand new The Mandalorian character posters featuring four of the main characters.
First up, Pedro Pascal’s title character, whose armour is looking particularly suave here, if we do say so ourselves.
Next, we have his pint-sized companion, The Child – better known by the nickname Baby Yoda.
Carl Weathers returns as Greef Karga in the next poster, who allied himself with Mando in a daring confrontation on Tatooine in the first season.
Last but not least, Gina Carano’s ex-soldier Cara Dune is also back in the fray for season two, looking just as formidable as ever.
How to watch The Mandalorian in the UK
As with season one, The Mandalorian will be available on Disney’s new streaming service Disney+.
The service launched in the UK back in March, with the first season of the Star Wars spin-off available to binge there now, alongside all nine movies and acclaimed animated offering The Clone Wars.
The Mandalorian season 2 directors
After mostly writing and producing the previous season, Jon Favreau himself has taken on a directing role this season.
“We’re working on season two, writing, prepping with the directors and getting ready to direct myself, actually,” Jon Favreau told Entertainment Weekly in September 2019. “I didn’t get a chance the last time around because I was doing Lion King. So I’ll step in for one of them.”
Check out the directors announced so far below.
- Jon Favreau: The Lion King, The Jungle Book, Iron Man
- Carl Weathers: Hawaii Five-O, A Burger and a Bullet and The Mandalorian’s Greef Carga actor
- Robert Rodriguez: From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids, Sin City, Alita: Battle Angel
- Peyton Reed: The Break Up, Yes Man, Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp
- Bryce Dallas Howard: The Mandalorian season one, Jurassic World actor
Will there be spin-offs from The Mandalorian?
It’s very possible.
Bob Iger has said that Disney is considering “the possibility of infusing it with more characters and taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series.”
Meanwhile Disney+ has also launched a companion series, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, which offers fans a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, with Jon Favreau telling stories about the making of the show.