The Mandalorian Season 2 Details Reveal Larger Story and Higher Stakes


The larger story that Favreau describes seems to suggest that The Mandalorian will broaden its narrative focus after an inaugural season mostly focused on the stoic gun-slinging exploits of star Pedro Pascal’s eponymous Force-child-babysitting bounty hunter (otherwise known as Din Djarin). In fact, it appears that other characters—both established and new—are set to take center stage in some Season 2 episodes. Indeed, using a certain popular quasi-medieval HBO series as an example, Favreau wants to explore in depth the arcs of these characters and their relation to the wider Star Wars cinematic continuity, stating:

“As we introduce other characters, there are opportunities to follow different storylines. The world was really captivated by Game of Thrones and how that evolved as the characters followed different storylines—that’s very appealing to me as an audience member.”

Plot-wise, The Mandalorian Season 2 will further focus on the machinations of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), who—wielding remnant forces of the Empire and the legendary Darksaber—has filled a rather sizable power vacuum in the galaxy during its setting in the early post-Imperial years after Return of the Jedi. Indeed, as we learned in Season 1 and its climactic battle, said machinations very much involve the still-mysterious nature of Baby Yoda and his Force powers, resulting in an ongoing search for the 50-year-old infant in Season 2 that will become dramatically intensified. Consequently, Djarin’s voluntary endeavor to keep Baby Yoda safe will become increasingly dangerous, possibly leading him to a personal impasse about his own motivations. As Pascal explains of his character’s Season 2 arc:

“We start very directly after the first [season] and he’s going into very dangerous territory. He is very much a passenger to the experience in unexpected ways — not knowing what’s to come, not knowing how much or how best to protect the Child. We don’t know how far he will go to do that, and they’re finding new ways to push the envelope.” He adds, “On a moment-to-moment basis, he’s discovering that question: ‘What do you want?’ That isn’t clear to him, or to me.” At which point Filoni provocatively chimes in, adding, “We think we know how the characters are going to react, and it can be surprising how they do react.”

Compounding this ambiguity, Esposito himself teases that Moff Gideon’s upcoming clashes with the Mandalorian will bear a seductive aspect with regard to the latter’s increasing ambivalence. Thusly, while the epic clash between the two in Season 1’s finale clearly delineated a good/evil dynamic, the actor also hints that we’ll soon see different aspects of Gideon, whose motivations might not be as malevolent as they appeared. As Esposito states of reprising the role for which he earned an “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series” Emmy nomination:

“I’ll be going toe-to-toe with Mando. It’s an iconic battle. I want to disarm him mentally as well. Who knows? Maybe there’s an opportunity to get him to fight some battles for me. You may think I’m a villain, but I’m trying to harness some energy and some powers for a path that could be best for all. You’ll get to see him be somewhat diplomatic and more of a manipulator.” 

Most intriguingly, however, Esposito also teases (arguably spoils,) that Gideon will have direct interactions with Baby Yoda, seemingly hinting that Season 2 could see a custody change at some point. However, such a development won’t likely occur without another major showdown, and the teased toe-to-toe second confrontation with the Mandalorian will see the 62-year-old Esposito in a comfortable place with his character’s swagger and his now-signature weapon, the Darksaber. Also, since we witnessed his modified TIE Fighter get wrecked, he’ll be back with a newer (presumably more-menacing) “larger vehicle” of a ride this time around. He lauds of returning to the role, “It’s so exciting for me to be in a show where I can wear a cape and own it, and where I can have a lightsaber and really own it.”

Additionally, the returning characters of rebel-turned-mercenary Cara Dune (Gina Carano) and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) will come into The Mandalorian Season 2 as part of a more tight-knit unit with our titular hero, having bonded over a shared enemy in Gideon, after their more initially self-centered positions in Season 1. Indeed, Weathers hints that a close friendship will blossom between Dune and Karga, with his character now “on a quest to be more legitimate,” resulting in a dynamic with Dune in which they “almost finish each other’s sentences.” However, he also hints that Karga (who we first met as the shady leader of the Bounty Hunters’ Guild,) is still the rogue we first met, and that he remains unsure if there’s “something in the back of his mind that isn’t more self-involved.”

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