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How The Mandalorian is copying Game of Thrones in Season 2

Published: 9/Sep/2020 4:05

by Isaac McIntyre

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The Mandalorian is set to borrow heavily from the Game of Thrones story-telling game plan in its sophomore season, director Jon Favreau revealed ahead of the flagship Star Wars TV show’s long-awaited Season 2 trailer reveal date.

The second season of The Mandalorian is finally on the horizon ⁠— Disney only just locked in their late October release date ⁠— and it’s going to be a big one; series creator Jon Favreau has teased Season 2 will bring “a larger story” to the show.

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“The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show,” Favreau told Entertainment Weekly

There’s also plans to make the show less “Mando-centric,” the producer added.

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These plans may see The Mandalorian, Din Djarin, sidelined for some of the second season’s eight episodes. Supporting characters like Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) and Cara Dune (Gina Carano) could take center-stage at points.

The Mandalorian, Cara Dune, and Greef Karga could split time as lead characters in The Mandalorian Season 2.
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The Mandalorian, Cara Dune, and Greef Karga could split time as lead characters in The Mandalorian Season 2.

There’s also the plethora of incoming characters rumored to be joining the series.

Anakin’s old Jedi apprentice Ahsoka Tano, fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett, and even former Mandalorian queen Bo-Katarn Kryze have all been tipped to appear in parts of Season 2 by multiple Star Wars insiders.

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Tano, who starred in The Clone Wars and follow-up series Rebels, will be played by Rosario Dawson. Katee Sackoff will take her Clone Wars character Bo-Katarn into live-action, while Temuera Morrison returns to Star Wars as Fett or Captain Rex.

New faces like Timothy Olyphant, who is set to play outlander Cobb Vanth, and Terminator alum Michael Biehn could also step into the Mandalorian spotlight.

“As we introduce other characters, there are opportunities to follow different storylines,” Favreau continued, and pointed to HBO’s smash-hit phenomenon Game of Thrones as a major inspiration for Season 2’s “expanding” story.

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“The world was really captivated by Game of Thrones, and how that evolved as all the characters followed different storylines. That’s very appealing to me.”

Epic Game of Thrones storylines like Stark bastard Jon Snow's have played a role in The Mandalorian's new plots.
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Game of Thrones storylines like Jon Snow’s has had a helping hand in steering The Mandalorian’s second season, Favreau said.

That’s not to say The Mandalorian is going to steer far away from what made it the biggest Star Wars hit of the post-Disney era. Fans will still see plenty of Mando, and of course ‘Baby Yoda’ will be along for the second season ride too.

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“The personal story between the Child [Baby Yoda] and the Mandalorian develops in a way I think people will enjoy,” Mandalorian director, writer, and executive producer Dave Filoni said. “Everything gets bigger… the stakes are higher.”

Dave Filoni has promised
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Dave Filoni has promised “everything gets bigger” in the Mandalorian’s sophomore season.

One confirmed storyline is the Mando’s showdown with the show’s big bad, Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). The imperial officer challenged the heroes at the end of Season 1, but they managed to escape.

“I’ll be going toe-to-toe with Mando,” Esposito revealed. “It’s an iconic battle. I want to disarm him mentally. Who knows? Maybe there’s an opportunity to get him to fight some battles for me. You’ll get to see [Gideon] be more of a manipulator.”

Giancarlo Esposito teased an
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Giancarlo Esposito teased an “iconic battle” between Gideon and The Mando next season.

Star Wars fans should get their first look at all the action in The Mandalorian Season 2 quite soon. Insiders are tipping the first trailer to arrive as soon as early next week, during Monday Night Football’s doubleheader.

Disney has made a habit of pairing flagship trailers and teasers with NFL’s early-week showdowns. ESPN is set to host the 2020/21 season’s first round; keep your eyes peeled for the new Mando trailer during their Sep. 14 broadcast.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.