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How The Mandalorian is copying Game of Thrones in Season 2

Published: 9/Sep/2020 4:05

by Isaac McIntyre


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.

“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.

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.

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.

“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.
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.

“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
Entertainment Weekly / Lucasfilm
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.


Ninja teases work in leading role on an upcoming TV show

Published: 8/Jan/2021 2:27 Updated: 8/Jan/2021 4:51

by Brad Norton


Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has started work on a mysterious TV show, teasing fans on details surrounding his role as one of the leading characters.

Ninja’s rise to mainstream stardom isn’t slowing down anytime soon as the internet celebrity has teased his involvement in a brand new TV show. Details are scarce and there’s no telling when this show might be revealed, but the streamer did provide some key information in his announcement.

The specific work appears to be for an animated series as Ninja’s involvement has been purely voiceover work for the time being. “recorded my first voice over for a main role in a TV show today,” he said on January 7.

“Although I can’t share more yet, voice acting is so fun. A huge passion of mine that I’m starting to get to live out.”

It’s only been a matter of months since Ninja made one of the biggest moves of his career. Brad Pitt and Chris Evans are just a few of the names Ninja is now brushing shoulders with at Hollywood’s biggest talent agency, the Creative Artists Agency.

This major deal appears to be paying dividends in big ways already. A leading role in an animated series isn’t something you see from popular content creators every day.

Leading this charge is exactly what Ninja set his sights on months back. Focusing on “literally anything and everything Hollywood” is what he outlined to Hollywood Reporter in July 2020

That means everything from an appearance on the Masked Singer to work on various cartoons as well.

Ninja on Masked Singer
Ninja’s first big televised appearance came on hit Fox show The Masked Singer.

It’s only a matter of time until we find out exactly what this show looks like. Could Ninja be the actual character in the animated series? Or is he purely providing his voice for someone else’s creation? We’ll just have to wait and see.

This isn’t the only major Hollywood production Ninja is involved with at this point in his career. Upcoming Ryan Reynolds movie Free Guy is set to feature a number of major content creators, with Ninja chief among them.