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Major spoilers below for the entirety of The Mandalorian Season 1, so be sure to watch before reading on.
To no one’s surprise, Disney+'s The Mandalorian has been a cultural phenomenon for the streaming platform. Everything from the show's tone, its action, the characters, and – oh, yeahhhh – Baby Yoda has grabbed a hold of everyone who watched and pulled at their heartstrings. But following the explosive Season 1 finale, most of us are asking ourselves what we can expect from Season 2, as well as when will we be able to see it.
During the wait until Disney+ gives viewers more from Pedro Pascal's bounty hunter, here is everything we know about Season 2 of Star Wars' The Mandalorian.
Is The Mandalorian Season 2 Coming Soon?
Yes, creator Jon Favreau and his super-talented crew will be bringing Pedro Pascal's Din Djarin, aka “Mando,” back to Disney+ sooner rather than later, at least relatively speaking. Before the first season even debuted on Disney+ in November, the executive producer and showrunner revealed that production on the sophomore season was well underway.
During a pre-premiere press conference for The Mandalorian, which was attended by CinemaBlend’s Sarah El-Mahmoun, Jon Favreau wasn’t shy about discussing the upcoming season, saying:
We actually have the first week of the second season under our belt. Our cast, especially Pedro may be a little tired because he was there quite late last night.
When Does Season Two Of The Mandalorian Premiere?
News of the Mandalorian Season 2's premiere date has been trickling in in pieces, starting with Jon Favreau sharing a post-finale update on when we can generally expect to see the show's return, vaguely mentioning "Fall 2020."
Season 1 of The Mandalorian entered production in October 2018 and first debuted on Disney+ on November 12, 2019, which was a little more than a year after filming got underway. That led us to think that we might have to wait until November or December for Season 2 to premiere, however in February 2020, Bob Iger revealed that The Mandalorian Season 2 would be arriving in October 2020. And fans of the series who were worried about the premiere being delayed because of the Coronavirus pandemic shouldn't worry as Disney CEO Bob Chapek confirmed in May 2020 interview with CNBC that principal photography of Season 2 was completed before the outbreak.
How Many Episodes Will There Be In Season 2 Of The Mandalorian?
The first season The Mandalorian featured a total of 8 episodes, including the Season 1 finale that gave fans a post-Christmas boost. So unless there are some major shake-ups behind the scenes, we might expect to see around the same number of episodes when the show returns for Season 2.
Fans would likely be happy to get more than eight episodes of Pedro Pascal's Mandalorian and Baby Yoda flying off on adventures throughout the galaxy, so fingers crossed that the creative team can squeeze out something extra. Still, though, it's sometimes better to be left wanting more than to have too much.
What Directors Will The Mandalorian Showcase In Season 2?
We know that creator Jon Favreau will be returning to The Mandalorian to run the show for its second season, and that he will sit in the director’s chair for at least one episode. However, it's still a mystery which other filmmakers will be around in Season 2 to follow up the list of talented helmers that brought Season 1's installments to life.
It was previously announced that one of the cast members from the first season will step behind the camera for at least Season 2 episode. During a press junket for The Mandalorian shortly before the first season was released, Jon Favreau revealed that Carl Weathers, who portrays bounty hunter head honcho Greef Carga, will be joining the cast of directors when Mando continues his journey.
During that junket, Favreau had this to say about Weathers:
By Carl being there and being part of it, and seeing how we were putting this together, experimenting with it and seeing it all come together, he was perfectly qualified. He understood the story, he understood the characters, the cast, and the technology. So it’s really fun to be working for Carl now.
Man, If I had the time, I would get in there in a heartbeat. I had a set visit for Season 1 and it looked amazing. It looked like so much fun!
Maybe Johnson, who recently released the critical and commercial success Knives Out, could fall back in the good graces of Star Wars fans following his previous experience with the franchise, which has been put under the microscope all over again with the release of The Rise of Skywalker.
In May 2020, it was announced that Alita: Battle Angel director Robert Rodriguez and Ant-Man filmmaker Peyton Reed would both be directing at least one episode in the upcoming season.
Whoever comes on to direct the rest of the episodes will have a lot to live up to after the band of directors who were put in charge in Season 1, which included Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Taika Waititi. We know that Waititi, who sat in the director's chair for the Season 1 finale, won't be coming back to direct in Season 2 due to prior engagements, but Oscar-winning director will return to Star Wars as it was announced in May 2020 that the New Zealand native will get a movie of his own set in the universe.
Boba Fett Will Be In Mandalorian Season 2
In a bit of news that surprised everyone, it was revealed in May 2020 that Boba Fett would be returning to Star Wars, at least in a live-action production or as the bounty hunter, for the first time since fans watched him fall in the sarlac pit in Return Of The Jedi, nearly 40 years ago. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Temuera Morrison, the actor who played Jango Fett in Attack Of The Clones, will be stepping in to fill the shoes of the galaxy's most notorious bounty hunter. How Boba Fett plays into The Mandalorian remains to be seen, but it's safe to say that everyone is excited to see his return.
Rosario Dawson Has Been Cast As Ahsoka Tano
Boba Fett won't be the only character to make a return to Star Wars cannon in Season 2 of The Mandalorian as Rosario Dawson has been announced to portray the beloved Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels character Ahsoka Tano when the Disney+ series returns in fall 2020. Despite being one of the voices that speaks to Rey in The Rise Of Skywalker, this will be the first live-action appearance for the former Padawan to Anakin Skywalker.
Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff Has Been Cast As Bo-Katan Kryze
Also making their live-action Star Wars debut will be Bo-Katan Kryze, the Mandalore leader and former Death Watch lieutenant who fans might remember from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans of the stellar animated series will probably recognize the character's voice when she appears in Season 2 of The Mandalorian, as Katee Sackhoff will be reprising the role. In addition to voicing the character in nine episodes over the course of the Clone Wars series, Sackhoff is also known for her portrayal of Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on Battlestar Galactica.
What Characters Are Returning In The Mandalorian Season 2?
Now that we’ve seen the epic conclusion of The Mandalorian's first season, we have a better understanding of what to expect to see when the show returns for its sophomore season. But more importantly for this section, we have an idea of WHO will be back.
Mando and Baby Yoda
More than a few moments went by where we thought that maybe, just maybe, Mando himself might fall prey to the dying breath of the Galactic Empire in the Season 1 finale, but his story thankfully isn’t over quite yet. With that being said, expect to see Din Djarin continue his mission involving The Child when we next see him, which means we're definitely going to see Baby Yoda back as well.
We last saw the former shock trooper turned mercenary agree to serve as an enforcer for Carl Weathers’ Greef Carga under the condition she be granted a clean slate throughout the galaxy. This definitely doesn’t seem like a grand send-off for Gina Carano's Dune, but rather the start of a new life journey for the character. She's a little too invested in this story to go away now.
If we expect to see Cara Dune prominently featured when Season 2 picks up, we can also expect to see Greef Carga returning as well. With Carl Weathers stepping in as one the show’s directors in Season 2, we’ll probably see a larger role from the leader of the Bounty Hunter’s Guild as The Mandalorian continues to strengthen his character and motivations. Weathers recently told SFX (via GamesRadar) that his Greef Carga will be playing a larger role in Season 2, saying:
I think [Greef’s backstory] is more saved for Season 2. But you get some glimpses at Greef and who he is through the stories in the first season. There’s some real strong indications that give you some idea of who he is. But we never let on completely.
Will we be seeing more of Giancarlo Esposito in the role of Moff Gideon, the mysterious Imperial marshal who made his superb entrance in the final moments of Season 1's penultimate episode? That's a 99% certainty, which is great, since everything from Gideon’s insane outland TIE fighter to his armor has everyone intrigued to learn more about him. And judging by the final moments of the season finale, we will be seeing a vengeance-seeking Gideon in Season 2, where we'll hopefully learn the exact reason he wants to get his hands on The Child.
On the flip side of all those characters' presumed returns, we almost definitely won't be seeing returns from Werner Herzog’s The Client, Nick Nolte’s Kuiil, since both of those characters met their fates in the final moments of the Season 1 penultimate episode. The same can likely go for Taika Waititi’s IG-11 and most of the Mandalorians, as all but one of the warriors were wiped out before the credits rolled. (That said, we've seen IG-11 return from the "dead" before, so it's possible it could happen again.)
What Happened At The End Of The Mandalorian Season 1?
During the Season 1 finale, The Armorer – who serves as the de facto leader of the surviving Mandalorians – revealed what viewers were already aware of, that Baby Yoda is force sensitive. In giving the bounty hunter a signet featuring the mudhorn that was defeated earlier in the season. The Armorer also told Mando that he is now tasked with protecting The Child until either finding his homeland, or until Baby Yoda is all grown up.
Following those revelations, Mando and the rest of the group were making an escape through tunnels of lava (naturally), and IG-II justified his rewired circuits once more by sacrificing himself to ensure “The Child” remained protected against Stormtrooper threats. But before the group could continue their journey, Mando had to take on Gideon once and for all in a high-octane sequence. Using an explosive charge, Mando eventually brought the TIE fighter down and saved himself with his newly acquired jetpack. But by the looks of the final scene, which featured a familiar Star Wars weapon in the form of Gideon's darksaber, we haven’t seen the end of this evil villain, nor his plan to acquire The Child.
Where Can You Stream Past Seasons Of The Mandalorian?
Season 1 of The Mandalorian is currently streaming on the Disney+ platform in America, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico, and became available in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom on March 20, 2020. That should give viewers in most Western European countries more than enough time to binge the first season before Season 2 premieres later in the year.
What Is The Mandalorian’s TV Rating?
Every episode in Season 1 of The Mandalorian had a rating of TV-PG for violence. Disney had previously stated that no adult-geared or R-rated content will stream on the platform, so it’s safe to say that Season 2 will have the same content rating as its predecessor.
That’s all we know about the upcoming season of The Mandalorian, but only for now. We should have more information about Season 2 and what to expect in the coming weeks and months, so make sure to check back for all the latest news. And stick with our Winter and Spring 2020 TV schedule to see what awesome shows you can get obsessed with in the meantime.