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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
— The Mandalorian (@themandalorian) September 2, 2020
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.
— The Mandalorian (@themandalorian) September 15, 2020
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.