After eight weeks of standoffs, shootouts, and space heists, season one of Disney+ flagship show The Mandalorian has come to a close — but don’t worry, a second season of the Star Wars spinoff has already been confirmed. Here’s everything we know about what lies in store for Mando, Baby Yoda and friends.
Pedro Pascal will return as the title character, whose given name we learned in the season one finale is Din Djarin. While little other news is out there regarding the cast of season two, it stands to reason that Carl Weathers and Gina Carano will also reprise their roles as Greef Carga and Cara Dune respectively. At the end of season one, Moff Gideon was set up as the main antagonist moving forward, so fans can also expect Giancarlo Esposito to return.
Other actors in the season one ensemble whose stories remain unfinished include Ming-Na Wen as sharpshooter Fennec Shand, whose unconscious body was shown being taken by an unseen figure, Natalia Tena as the vengeful Xi’an who is currently incarcerated and no doubt planning her escape, and Emily Swallow as the exposition-spouting Armorer, who was last shown handing out whoopings to a roomful of Stormtroopers.
Deadline also reports that at least one character from the Star Wars movies will make an appearance in season two of The Mandalorian.
The Release Date
While no exact date has been confirmed yet, show runner Jon Favreau announced on Twitter that the second season ofThe Mandalorian will be coming to Disney+ later this year — in the fall, to be exact. In the same post, Favreau gave fans a sneak peek at one of the aliens who will be making an appearance in season two, and it looks like a Gamorrean. (The last time one of this species showed up in Star Wars, they were guarding Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi.)
Much like that adorable reveal at the end of the series premiere, the plot of season two of The Mandalorian is shrouded in secrecy. That said, the season one finale did tease a number of upcoming storylines. For instance, Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) emerged from the wreckage of his TIE fighter wielding a Darksaber, a weapon with great significance in the wider Star Wars mythology. The original Darksaber was forged by a Mandalorian, and may hold the key to helping audiences who haven’t watched the animated spinoff shows understand the esoteric connections between the Mandalorians and the Jedi, who were finally mentioned by name in the season one finale.
Fans are also likely to learn more about the powers and origins of Baby Yoda in season two. The last we saw of Mando, he was taking his newly adopted charge on a quest to reunite him with his people. This means that we might finally end up learning the name of Yoda’s species, a piece of Star Wars lore that George Lucas has never deigned to reveal. It’s possible that the cutest green puppet of all time (sorry, Kermit) may even be given a name other than “The Child” — but good luck getting the internet to refer to him as anything other than Baby Yoda.