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Disney+ is taking Star Wars in a whole new direction thanks to The Mandalorian, which launched as the franchise's first live-action series and the platform that introduced the scene-stealing little alien commonly (although not officially) known as Baby Yoda. The Mandalorian Season 2 entered production before Season 1 even premiered, and Disney boss Bob Iger revealed that the Mandalorian future is bright. In fact, while confirming the Season 2 premiere later this year, he shared "the possibility" of spinoffs.
Speaking with investors in the conference call for Disney's first quarter results, Bob Iger said this about the future of The Mandalorian:
The priority in the next few years is television. With the Mandalorian Season 2 coming in October and then more coming from The Mandalorian thereafter including the possibility of infusing it with more characters and the possibility of taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series.
First of all, fans can now rest easy that the promise of The Mandalorian Season 2 premiere coming in fall 2020 doesn't mean literally the last day of fall 2020! In fact, the October debut proves Season 2 will premiere earlier in 2020 than Season 1 premiered in 2019. October is still a long way off, and Bob Iger didn't share whether The Mandalorian will be back closer to October 1 or October 31, but this is progress. Let the countdown commence!
Second of all, Bob Iger's comment of possibly taking characters "in their own direction in terms of series" suggests that Mandalorian spinoffs could be on the way! The popular success of the first season, which admittedly can probably be partly attributed to Baby Yoda going viral, is proof that there's an audience for live-action Star Wars series, which may mean the expansion of The Mandalorian on top of the Obi-Wan series (despite its delays) and the Cassian Andor-centric Rogue One prequel series.
Bob Iger didn't guarantee that potential spinoff characters or premises will be introduced in Season 2; in fact, his comments suggest Disney is already looking at the long run for The Mandalorian beyond Season 2, so fans shouldn't start counting on a Cara Dune or Armorer or Moff Gideon series picking up where Season 1 left off. There are undoubtedly plenty of characters still to be introduced on The Mandalorian
Still, the possibilities are pretty much endless, and Cara Dune anchoring a series shouldn't be ruled out. And hey, if Mando successfully delivers Baby Yoda to his own people, a.k.a. that "race of enemy sorcerers," then maybe there could be a series about where Baby Yoda ends up. The Jedi in the known galaxy in the post-Return of the Jedi era of The Mandalorian are presumably still being rebuilt by Luke Skywalker, but it's a big galaxy! Who knows what adventures are available wherever Mando takes his little green buddy?
Whatever is in store, the priority for the next few years of Star Wars will evidently be the small screen rather than movies, so now is the time to check out Disney+. If you haven't subscribed just yet, you can always try it out with a free 7-day trial.
For now, you can catch all of The Mandalorian Season 1 streaming on Disney+, along with all of Star Wars Rebels, the first six seasons of The Clone Wars, and the upcoming long-awaited debut of Clone Wars' seventh and final season. If you're in the market for some options set elsewhere than the galaxy far, far away, swing by our 2020 winter and spring premiere guide.