Get a first look at “The Mandalorian” season 2 through photos and a preview from showrunner Jon Favreau…
“The Mandalorian” will return for season 2 on Oct. 30 on Disney+ and the first look at what lies ahead has finally been revealed in a series of photos.
The images show most of the major cast returning from the first season including The Mandalorian himself, who was later revealed to be named Din Djarin, as Pedro Pascal stays behind the helmet in these first images. Former MMA fighter turned actress Gina Carano also returns as former Rebel soldier Cara Dune while the great Carl Weathers reprises his role as Greef Karga.
Of course, no “Star Wars” related series would be possible without a compelling villain and Giancarlo Esposito is back as former Imperial leader Moff Gideon, who was defeated a season ago but then revealed that he’s in possession of the mysterious Darksaber — a black-bladed lightsaber that avid “Star Wars” fans recognized from the animated series.
The second season actually finished filming just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this year, which allowed all of the production to wrap up before the shut down took place. The crew did have to take care of all the post-production work, including scoring the eight episode season, while maintaining safe practices but the series was still able to finish up ahead of the Oct. 30 debut date.
Showrunner Jon Favreau teased what fans can expect from “The Mandalorian” season 2 when speaking to EW as he confirmed that Mando will still be exploring the galaxy in an attempt to return Baby Yoda to his true home but he will also get into plenty of adventures that will introduce even more characters.
In fact, Favreau says that while almost every scene in the first season of “The Mandalorian” revolved around Pascal’s character, he’s looking forward to expanding his scope a bit in these second batch of episodes while following different characters from their point of view.
“The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world,” Favreau said. “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.”
There have been all kinds of casting rumors for “The Mandalorian” season 2 including Rosario Dawson appearing as the live-action version of former Anakin Skywalker pupil Ahsoka Tano, Katee Sackhoff as a real life version of a character she voiced on the animated series named Bo-Katan as well as Temuera Morrison returning to the “Star Wars” universe as some incarnation of either Boba Fett or Jango Fett after he portrayed the latter as well as all of their clones in the prequel trilogy.
Once again, the cast and crew from “The Mandalorian” are tight lipped about any of these possible appearances with sci-fi favorite Michael Biehn and Timothy Olyphan also joining the show this year in undisclosed roles.
“Some of them are true, some are not true,” Carano said about the rumored cast additions.
Much like the first season, “The Mandalorian” will largely remain a mystery until the series actually debuts on Disney+ with the first episode dropping on Oct. 30 and then each Friday with a new episode until the season finale.
Stay tuned for more coverage of “The Mandalorian” including our weekly recaps once the season begins in October!