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At the start of the grand experiment known as Disney+, The Mandalorian stood as a bold effort that bridged the gap between the galaxy far far away in theaters and the home viewing experience. Eight chapters later, the world is hooked on this huge streaming hit, with a second season on the way by the end of the year.
While we obviously don’t know what’s going to happen in this new season, we do know some of the characters and actors we’ll be seeing when Season 2 starts streaming. In anticipation of those new episodes that seem so close, yet so far far away, we’re going to run down who’s confirmed to be back and what we might see from them.
Let’s start with the most obvious confirmation for The Mandalorian cast:
Pedro Pascal – The Mandalorian
You can’t have The Mandalorian without Din Djarin himself returning to protect The Child. Pedro Pascal is back for Season 2, and from the sound of things it’s going to be just as punishing and rewarding a season for him as it was during those first eight episodes. Which is awesome, because quite a few other cast members are following him into the fray once more.
Gina Carano – Cara Dune
Also returning for Season 2 of The Mandalorian is actor Gina Carano, whose character Cara Dune had joined the Bounty Hunters' Guild after the events of Season 1’s finale. A former Imperial trooper, Dune has shown promise when it comes to turning towards the light. However, fans are worried that Cara won’t make it out of Season 2, as Carano’s social media posts after wrapping this round seem to hint that may be the case.
Carl Weathers – Greef Carga
A representative of the Bounty Hunters' Guild, Greef Carga was first seen giving bounties in The Mandalorian. Eventually siding with the titular bounty hunter, after some rocky dealings throughout Season 1, Carl Weathers’ character is built into the core team that looks to be moving forward in Season 2. Weathers has returned for this new season, and we might get a little more of his backstory this time out. Just don’t expect the full Bantha, if we do get anything at all.
Bill Burr – Mayfield
Here’s something folks might not have expected any time soon: Bill Burr’s traitorous criminal/fan favorite Mayfield has recently been confirmed as returning for The Mandalorian in this next season as well! Locked up with some of Mando’s former criminal pals after the events of “Chapter 6: The Prisoner”, it always felt like vengeance would be visited upon our rough edged hero. Now we know that at least one party will be returning for their pound of flesh, as per a recent item in Deadline.
Giancarlo Esposito – Moff Gideon
Some people can walk into a room and command every molecule of oxygen, they’re just that commanding. Giancarlo Esposito, both as an actor and as The Mandalorian’s Moff Gideon, has always had that ability, which makes his confirmed return to Season 2 all the more exciting. Though when your character cuts through the hull of a TIE Fighter with a Darksaber, you’re kind of begging to be brought back for more action; even if, according to a recent IMDb interview, Esposito has wrecked quite a few sabers while filming.
Rosario Dawson – Ahsoka Tano
You may have heard this news already, so feel free to skip on if you’re not excited about Ahsoka Tano joining The Mandalorian’s cast. But for the rest of you, one of the biggest pieces of news in recent weeks has been that Rosario Dawson will be playing the first live-action incarnation of this crucial Clone Wars character. Again, we don’t know what she’ll be doing in Season 2, but that won’t stop us from freaking out with excitement over what this could mean for the overall Star Wars universe.
Dude. DUUUUUDE! Someone’s been reading our thoughts, because when you think of grizzled excellence in cinema, Michael Biehn is one of those badasses you just need to bring along for the ride. And with The Mandalorian trading in the exact field of grizzle excellence, the fact that Biehn has been cast in Season 2 is so exciting, we don’t care what he’s doing or who he’s playing? Well, maybe that’s not totally true, but for now we’re still pretty high off of this news, as we’re hoping that not only will we see Michael Biehn as another stalwart bounty hunter, but that maybe this will be a signal that those reports of Robert Rodriguez doing some work on Season 2 are absolutely true.
As you can see, the excitement of The Mandalorian Season 2 is starting to pick up, and it's only going to continue through to whenever the next round of stories premieres later this year. In the meantime, we'll be rewatching Season 1 to start forming even more theories of what's going to happen next, and we encourage you to do the same! Which means it's a good time to either revisit the first eight episodes on Disney+, or if you don't have a subscription, to jump in with a free 7-day trial!