The Mandalorian’s Jon Favreau has teased what fans can expect from the anticipated samurai/Western-inspired Star Wars series as first-look pictures emerge – and it would seem everything is about to get a lot bigger.
Given the high-profile nature of the series, little has been revealed about the plot for The Mandalorian season two so far, and the only name officially confirmed is Pedro Pascal, returning as the titular bounty hunter.
Favreau has now revealed that the show will expand beyond Mando-centric tales, telling Entertainment Weekly: “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.
Executive producer Davie Filoni added: “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.”
Season two will also feature new storytelling angles, with Favreau continuing: “As we introduce other characters, there are opportunities to follow different storylines.
“The world was really captivated by Game of Thrones and how that evolved as the characters followed different storylines — that’s very appealing to me as an audience member.”
There will be eight episodes again and Favreau added that “there’s probably even variation [in episode lengths] this year.”
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Fans can also expect Mando to come up against some obstacles in this series as he and the Child – or Baby Yoda, to us – continue their quest.
“We start very directly after the first [season] and he’s going into very dangerous territory,” Pascal detailed. “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.”
Pascal also suggested that the Mandalorian’s motivations aren’t entirely clear in this series, continuing: “On a moment-to-moment basis, he’s discovering that question: ‘What do you want?’ That isn’t clear to him, or to me.”
Filoni said: “We think we know how the characters are going to react, and it can be surprising how they do react.”
A third season of The Mandalorian is already in the works at Disney+, with Favreau busy working on new scripts during lockdown.
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