It was the first break out hit for the new Disney streaming service Disney+. So big that even though the service and the series had only been released in a few countries around the world, the imagery and fan-name of Baby Yoda was already recognisable with memes and merchandise being shared and consumed at a phenomenal rate. So big was the demand and impact of The Mandalorian that people were connecting with one of the show’s lead characters on social media images and word of mouth alone, though no matter how hard Disney tries, The Child will always be known as Baby Yoda.
As Disney+ expanded into other markets, The Mandalorian would hit the top trends once again. Although the first season had already aired in full in those earlier markets, subsequent releases still aired an episode a week rather than make the entire season available to binge ensuring The Mandalorian traction and a social media presence for a significant proportion of the past 10 months. And we can’t get enough of The Child and his armoured bounty-hunter protector “Mando” (Pedro Pascal).
Having luckily wrapped filming just before the COVID shutdowns came into place back in March (a mere four days), The Mandalorian is one of the few fall series that is ready to return and fans are anxiously waiting to escape once again to a galaxy far, far away at the end of next month. So what can fans expect from season 2? A whole lot more action, adventure and bromance between Mando and the Child plus some pretty cool cameos.
The first season ended with Mando embarking on a search for the Child’s own kind, and Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) was revealed to possess the mysterious ancient black-bladed weapon the Darksaber. Season 2 picks the action right up from there.
“We start very directly after the first [season] and he’s [Mando] going into very dangerous territory,” Pascal, says to EW. “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.”
“The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world,” says showrunner Jon Favreau. “The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and hopefully we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show.” Adds Dave Filoni, executive producer and director “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.”
And now we know over just how many episodes we will get to explore this in season 2 with Favreau confirming that there will be eight episodes again this season and like season 1, they will be of different lengths. However, unlike in season 1 where the episodes ranged from 31 mins to 48 minutes, “There’s probably even variation [in episode lengths] this year,” remarked Favreau.
Fans were also given a first look at images from the new season. Check out the gallery below.
The Mandalorian season 2 premieres on Disney+ on October 30.
- This Is Us Season 5 Teaser Offers Glimpses Of A “New Chapter” For The Pearsons - October 15, 2020
- We Welcome Back Our President With The Trailer For A West Wing Special To Benefit When We All Vote - October 9, 2020
- Belinda Is Back! My Dad Wrote A Porno Returns For Christmas Special And Book 6 - September 22, 2020