The Mandalorian is the first live-action series as part of the Star Wars franchise, and it made its debut on Disney Plus in November 2019.
The series comes before the events of The Force Awakens and it follows a Mandalorian bounty hunter called Din Djarin (played by Pedro Pascal).
The first season proved popular with people of all ages, partly due to the fact it features the adorable ‘Baby Yoda’, known in the series as ‘The Child’.
The second season is due to air on October 30, 2020, and fans are keen to know what happens next for The Mandalorian and The Child.
In April 2020 pre-production started on a potential third season, so fans have plenty of new content to look forward to.
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The larger scale of Season 2 is attributed to the budget allocated to the series by Disney (reportedly $100 million for Season 1), since funds that previously went to start-up costs were this time utilized for what actually ended up onscreen. Adding to the notion, Filoni (also the visionary behind animated hits Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels,) further teases that “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.”
The larger story that Favreau describes seems to suggest that The Mandalorian will broaden its narrative focus after an inaugural season mostly focused on the stoic gun-slinging exploits of star Pedro Pascal’s eponymous Force-child-babysitting bounty hunter (otherwise known as Din Djarin).
In fact, it appears that other characters—both established and new—are set to take center stage in some Season 2 episodes.
Indeed, using a certain popular quasi-medieval HBO series as an example, Favreau wants to explore in depth the arcs of these characters and their relation to the wider Star Wars cinematic continuity, stating:
“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.”
Plot-wise, The Mandalorian Season 2 will further focus on the machinations of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), who—wielding remnant forces of the Empire and the legendary Darksaber—has filled a rather sizable power vacuum in the galaxy during its setting in the early post-Imperial years after Return of the Jedi.
Indeed, as we learned in Season 1 and its climactic battle, said machinations very much involve the still-mysterious nature of Baby Yoda and his Force powers, resulting in an ongoing search for the 50-year-old infant in Season 2 that will become dramatically intensified.
Consequently, Djarin’s voluntary endeavor to keep Baby Yoda safe will become increasingly dangerous, possibly leading him to a personal impasse about his own motivations. As Pascal explains of his character’s Season 2 arc:
“We start very directly after the first [season] and he’s going into very dangerous territory.
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.” He adds, “On a moment-to-moment basis, he’s discovering that question: ‘What do you want?’ That isn’t clear to him, or to me.”
At which point Filoni provocatively chimes in, adding, “We think we know how the characters are going to react, and it
can be surprising how they do react.”
Compounding this ambiguity, Esposito himself teases that Moff Gideon’s upcoming clashes with the Mandalorian will bear a seductive aspect with regard to the latter’s increasing ambivalence.
Thusly, while the epic clash between the two in Season 1’s finale clearly delineated a good/evil dynamic, the actor also hints that we’ll soon see different aspects of Gideon, whose motivations might not be as malevolent as they appeared.
Esposito states of reprising the role for which he earned an “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series” Emmy nomination