The first-ever live-action Star Wars series did okay for itself. Obviously, that’s an understatement. The Mandalorian was a tremendous success for Disney and Lucasfilm, not only bringing Baby Yoda into the national zeitgeist but earning 15 Emmy nominations including Best Drama. The hype for season 2 couldn’t be louder, and now we’ve got a first look at what’s in store.
These new images for The Mandalorian season 2 feature a bunch of old favorites, which is funny because we know there are so many additions to the show. So yeah, we get our first glimpse at Pedro Pascal as Mando, joined by The Child who is as adorable as ever. What kind of hijinks will the little tyke get into now? And will we see those already-powerful Force abilities grow? We also see Gina Carano as Cara Dune, and Carl Weathers as Greef Karga.
Who we don’t see? Rosario Dawson as fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano, Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon, Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett, Timothy Olyphant as Cobb Vanth, and Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze.
Speaking with EW, Favreau says the plan for this season is to expand the world of The Mandalorian, similar to HBO’s Game of Thrones. That’s when co-creator and Star Wars guru Dave Filoni lets him…
“The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world,” Favreau said. “The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and hopefully we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show.”
“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.”
“I’ll come up with ideas and sometimes Dave will say, ‘You can’t do this in Star Wars,’” said Favreau. “Then I’ll cite examples from the movies, or ‘Clone Wars,’ to try to use as a justification. I’m like a lawyer talking to a judge; I am to him as he was to George [Lucas]. I won’t do anything without Dave’s approval. And to his credit, he understands that ‘Stars Wars’ needs to be fun and ever-evolving.”
The Mandalorian returns to Disney+ on October 30th.