Even though we are still months away from the season 2 premiere, anticipation for the second season of John Favreux’s spaghetti-western-inspired Star Wars series is already at a fever pitch. Topping the question list is when we will get more. The answer to that question, while still lacking a specific date, is sometime this fall, probably October. The odds of seeing our first season 2 trailer based on that guesstimate, currently tracks for sometime in August. Of course, in a world dealing with a pandemic, these dates, like everything else, are subject to change.
Recent news regarding the hit show’s second season is focused mostly on who will be guest directing episodes in the show’s second season.
Among the first-season directors returning for the show’s second season are Rick Famuyiwa, series creator Jon Favreau, and Dave Filoni.
Sin City and Alita: Battle Angel director Robert Rodriguez will also direct an episode of The Mandalorian in its second season. Also, joining the directorial team on season 2 of The Mandalorian is Peyton Reed, who directed Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man movie. Carl Weathers, who plays Greef Karga in the series, is also expected to direct an episode of The Mandalorian season 2.
One relatively massive bit of news that has emerged over the last day or so is that Boba Fett himself, will appear in the show’s second season. Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in 2002’s Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, will appear in season two of the Disney+ Star Wars series.
Based on reports, Boba Fett is likely to have just a small role in season two of the series after the character was teased in the season one episode “The Gunslinger,” when a mysterious figure sporting the bounty hunter’s trademark spurs approached the lifeless body of Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen).
There’s more in store for fans of Filoni’s animated series with a special treat. Ahsoka Tano may make the transition from animated character to live-action and appear in the series second season. Tano was a unique and noteworthy character from the Star Wars animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Furthermore, a subsequent report suggests that we could be seeing a lot of Dawson as Ahsoka down the road, with rumors indicating that her contract includes appearances in multiple series throughout the Star Wars Universe.
Casting news for the show’s second season has begun to trickle out, but first and foremost, The Mandalorian’s star Pedro Pascal will undoubtedly return for season 2. He’ll be joined by quite a few newcomers and returning cast members, too.
Also joining the cast in season 2 will be actor Michael Biehn, best known for his roles in the sci-fi classics The Terminator and Aliens. According to Deadline, Biehn will portray a bounty hunter from The Mandalorian’s past. Giancarlo Esposito will also return to reprise his role as Moff Gideon. As most fans already know, Moff Gideon has a deadly connection to The Mandalorian’s past, as well as a powerful artifact from Mandalorian lore: The Darksaber.
Also returning for the second season will be stand-up comedian Bill Burr, reprising the character of former Imperial sharpshooter Mayfield. Gina Carano and Carl Weathers will also return as Cara Dune and Greef Karga, respectively, two of The Mandalorian’s allies from the first season.
Finally, what should we expect from the season 2 narrative? The series will likely follow the narrative suggested at the end of season one, and follow The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), aka Din Djarin, as he attempts to bring The Child, aka Baby Yoda, back to his home planet pursued by Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and the remnants of the Galactic Empire. They want The Child for mysterious and still unknown reasons. As for me, at this point, the show’s most fascinating aspect is how the relationship between Mando and the child develops along with how the child itself develops along the way.