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When is The Mandalorian Season 2 coming out? Release date, trailer, more

Published: 5/Oct/2020 7:50 Updated: 5/Oct/2020 7:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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Smash-hit Star Wars television series The Mandalorian now officially has a release date for its second season. Here’s everything we know about Season 2 including plot details, casting news, the Disney Plus release date, and more.

The Star Wars fandom has been at loggerheads over the franchise post-Disney takeover, but there’s one thing everyone has agreed on; The Mandalorian has been an exceptional return to form for the blockbuster space opera series.

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It came as no shock then that Disney green-lit the show for a second season while the first was still airing. The Child ⁠— affectionately called ‘Baby Yoda’ by the entire world ⁠— Din Djarin, the titular “Mandalorian,” and more will all be back.

Here’s everything we know about The Mandalorian season 2, including its  confirmed release date, all the offseason casting news, and its ongoing plot.

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The Mandalorian Season 2 announced

Is anyone really surprised The Mandalorian will be continuing on Disney Plus for a second season and more? Star Wars has been hit or miss since Disney’s takeover, but the bounty hunter TV series has been a smash-hit so far.

Jon Favreau confirmed the show would return in a tweet on December 28. Star Wars has ordered eight episodes for the follow-up season, which will air in “Fall 2020.”

The Mandalorian is currently set for an October release date on Disney Plus.
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The Mandalorian is currently set for an October release date on Disney Plus.

Release date

Disney has confirmed The Mandalorian Season 2 will be released on October 30 on Disney+. This date has been locked in, following chief executive Bob Chapek revealing that the show won’t be delayed despite the ongoing global pandemic.

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The second season is expected to air in the same style as the premiere eight episodes. That means The Mandalorian fans will have to watch week-to-week for each part following the first Mandalorian Season 2 release date.

Season 2 trailer

On Tuesday, September 15, the first trailer for The Mandalorian Season 2 went live. In it, we see the Razor Crest heading towards an unknown planet, with The Armorer telling Mando to reunite The Child with its own kind — that’s right: Baby Yoda, but even more of them.

This is our first look at Mandalorian Season 2, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for any new trailers or footage that emerges ahead of the show’s October 30 premiere.

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Mandalorian casting news

The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal will be returning as Din Djarin for the follow-up season, alongside The Child (Baby Yoda). Carl Weathers (Greef Karga), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), and Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon) are all set to return.

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“Baby Yoda” will be back in The Mandalorian Season 2!

There’s also been some huge casting news for the second season since the show’s return was confirmed. Here’s everyone who will be debuting in Season 2:

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Rosario Dawson, as Ahsoka Tano

Yep, this is the big one. The Clone Wars heroine, who shot from Anakin’s scrappy apprentice to clear Star Wars fan favorite in Dave Filoni’s animated series, is set to make her live-action debut in Season 2.

Rosario Dawson all but admitted she’ll be playing the famous Togruta, telling EW she’s “very excited for that to be confirmed at some point.” It didn’t take all too long for that confirmation to come through. The German Instagram account for Disney Plus included her name in a cast lineup story on October 3. The character will supposedly come into the Season 2 narrative from episode five onwards.

The Clone Wars heroine Ahsoka Tano will finally be making her live-action debut in The Mandalorian.
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The Clone Wars heroine Ahsoka Tano will finally be making her live-action debut in The Mandalorian.

Temuera Morrison, as Boba Fett

Morrison, who last appeared in the Star Wars franchise as Jango Fett’s clone army in The Revenge of the Sith in 2005 has been cast as an old version of Boba Fett in The Mandalorian.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news Morrison will appear as Boba Fett in “just a small role” in the Disney+ title’s sophomore outing, though there are also major insider rumors suggesting Fett’s appearance will lead to a spinoff series too.

Morrison played Boba Fett's father Jango all the way back in The Attack of the Clones in 2002.
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Morrison played Boba Fett’s father Jango all the way back in The Attack of the Clones in 2002.

Katee Sackhoff, as Bo-Katan Kryze

Ahsoka Tano isn’t the only Clone Wars alum making her jump into live-action Star Wars this season either; Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff will also reprise her role as Mandalorian warrior queen Bo-Katan Kryze.

Timothy Olyphant, as Cobb Vanth

Olyphant has also officially been confirmed for a role in Season 2. There has not yet been any confirmation on who he will be playing, however. Star Wars insiders have suggested he will be playing Tatooine sheriff Cobb Vanth.

Vanth first appeared in the Star Wars canon in the Aftermath novel series. He rules over Tatooine’s city of Freetown, and wears stolen Mandalorian battle armor.

Michael Biehn, as ‘bounty hunter’

Sci-fi veteran Michael Beihn ends the headlining Season 2 casting news. The Aliens star will play a bounty hunter “from Mandalo’s past,” according to Making Star Wars.

Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff will bring her animated Bo-Katarn character to live-action in Season 2.
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Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff will bring her animated Bo-Katarn character to live-action in Season 2.

What will Season 2 be about?

Little is known about the second season of The Mandalorian story-wise, so far. However, there are a few details we can put together to figure out where the plot will be heading in October.

The main storyline will surround Baby Yoda, as Din Djarin looks to uphold his promise to find its family. This is likely where Ahsoka Tano ⁠— one of the only remaining Jedi in the galaxy at this stage in the saga ⁠— comes into the plot.

She will likely draw in her old Clone Wars ally Bo-Katan Kryze. Boba Fett and Cobb Vanth will likely be adversaries The Mandalorian comes up against during his Season 2 adventures.

Finally, there’s the little issue of Moff Gideon. The Imperial Officer was last seen wielding the Dark Blade, and he’s probably out for revenge against Din Djarin. He wants The Child back and will pursue The Mandalorian in Season 2.

Giancarlo Esposito's Moff Gideon will play a major role as Season 2's main villain.
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Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon will play a major role as Season 2’s main villain.

Writers and Directors for Season 2

Perhaps unsurprisingly, much of Mando’s second season has been written by Jon Favreau. He’s responsible for six of the eight episodes, including the first four in a row along with the season finale as well.

Popular Clone Wars writer Dave Filoni fills in for episode five, where Ahsoka Tano is reportedly set to make her live-action debut. Meanwhile, Nigerian-American screenwriter Rick Famuyiwa lent his talents to the penultimate episode. Famuyiwa is all too familiar with the series, having directed two episodes in the first season.

The Mandalorian Season 2 Writers:

  • Season 2 Episode 1 – Jon Favreau
  • Season 2 Episode 2 – Jon Favreau
  • Season 2 Episode 3 – Jon Favreau
  • Season 2 Episode 4 – Jon Favreau
  • Season 2 Episode 5 – Dave Filoni
  • Season 2 Episode 6 – Jon Favreau
  • Season 2 Episode 7 – Rick Famuyiwa
  • Season 2 Episode 8 – Jon Favreau

The list of Directors for the second season also features a few familiar faces as well, according to reports from ComicBook.com. Jon Favreau makes his return in the role, as does Famuyima, Filoni, and Bryce Dallas Howard. They’re joined by a handful of new names as Carl Weathers, Peyton Reed, and Robert Rodriguez have also directed episodes this time around.

The Mandalorian Season 2 Directors:

  • Season 2 Episode 1 – Jon Favreau
  • Season 2 Episode 2 – TBA
  • Season 2 Episode 3 – TBA
  • Season 2 Episode 4 – TBA
  • Season 2 Episode 5 – Dave Filoni
  • Season 2 Episode 6 – TBA
  • Season 2 Episode 7 – TBA
  • Season 2 Episode 8 – TBA
Mandalorian Season 2 Robert Rodriguez.
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Robert Rodriguez confirmed his involvement back in May.

So there you have it; everything we know about The Mandalorian Season 2 so far. Keep your eyes peeled for more news too. We’ll make sure to update you on any further developments as the October 30 release date flies up on the horizon.

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Classic Pokemon anime scene of Ash being a bad Trainer goes viral

Published: 12/Oct/2020 23:01

by Brent Koepp

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A classic moment from the Pokemon anime went viral online after fans re-discovered Ash Ketchum being a poor Trainer. The heartbreaking moment has left one monster stranded all alone for decades.

The Pokemon anime first aired on television in 1997. The lovable series quickly exploded into a cultural phenomena, and became the highest-grossing media franchise in the entire world in 2020.

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Decades later, a scene from season two has gone viral on Reddit as fans question protagonist Ash Ketchum’s decision to abandon one of his monsters. However, is there more to the story than meets the eye?

ash saying goodbye to pidgeot
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Ash says goodbye to his Pidgeot in the classic anime episode.

Pokemon anime scene goes viral

The scene in particular is from season two episode one, Pallet Party Panic, which made its debut in North America on December 4, 1999. After Ash defeats a Fearow in battle, he leaves his Pidgeot behind to protect the Pidgey and Pidgeotto flocks.

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However, the Trainer infamously tells his ‘mon “we’ll be back as soon as we get Professor Oak’s Pokeball. See you soon, Pidgeot!” Only, Ketchum never actually returned for the bird.

A post on the r/Pokemon subreddit went viral on October 11 when one user questioned the character’s actions. “I hate that Ash promised to come back and get Pidgeot after returning from the Orange Archipelago but he never did,” ‘eeeeeep‘ wrote.

The Pokemon fan further explained their gripes with the beloved Trainer. “Earlier in the same episode, Pidgeotto had taken a Poison Sting for Ash, with Misty commenting how loyal it was. After evolving, Pidgeot stays behind with Ash pledging to return. It sucks Ash never even went back. Come on, it was the second Pokemon you caught man, do better!”

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I hate that Ash promised to come back and get Pidgeot after returning from the Orange Archipelago but he never did… from pokemon

It turns out there is more to the story. Several other users pointed out that in the Japanese version of the episode, Ash doesn’t actually say he will return to fetch his Pidgeot. 4kids, the company responsible for making the English dubs, actually added the extra lines in for the North American version.

The addition of dialogue drastically changes the tone and direction of the story. Hilariously, when fans asked why the company would make such a change, one person replied, “Because we need to teach western kids how to make empty promises.”

This isn’t the first time the anime scene has gone viral. In fact, Pokemon fans have been talking about it for years. The classic moment has even been made into a meme, such as a comical video in 2019 that depicted the bird waiting for his owner to return.

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An Over-exaggeration of Ash’s Pidgeot’s Suffering from pokemon

While it appears that Ash Ketchum has been vindicated from the accusations of being a bad Trainer, the moment is still pretty sad considering it’s the second monster he ever caught.

Despite airing over two decades ago, various scenes from the classic anime have continued to go viral years later. Such as a Team Rocket rant that is comically adult.

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