The Mandalorian season 2 is only months away, and news and speculation around the return of the red-hot Disney Plus show continue to ramp up. Mando and Baby Yoda could be in for quite an adventure in their second round. Several high-profile directors announced that they will be helming a Mandalorian episode, and we're slowly getting a better idea of which cast members will (and won't) return.
The season 1 finale of The Mandalorian set up some interesting plot threads, and while details are currently thin on The Mandalorian season 2, we can piece together some possible cast members and story beats based on the first run of episodes.
Here’s everything we know about The Mandalorian season 2, including its possible release date, directors, cast and plot.
Warning: This post contains spoilers for season 1 of The Mandalorian!
The Mandalorian season 2 release date
The Mandalorian season 2 will release in October 2020, as Disney revealed during its February 2020 earnings call. We don't have a specific date just yet, but that will put it right in between Marvel shows The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (August) and Wandavision (December). During the same call, Iger teased that more Mandalorian is coming after season 2.
In an appearance on CNBC, Disney exec Bob Chapek explained that The Mandalorian season 2 is still expected to hit its planned release date, as production wrapped before social distancing came to change everything.
Season 2 of #TheMandalorian coming Fall 2020 pic.twitter.com/8VQYLDMQ0VDecember 27, 2019
At a press conference attended by Cinemablend earlier this year, Favreau confirmed that filming for the second season was already underway as of fall 2019.
If you can't wait for The Mandalorian season 2, Disney has something to hold you over. On May 4 (aka Star Wars Day), the company is releasing a documentary series titled Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian. This show will chronicle the creation of the hit Star Wars show, with roundtable discussions featuring the likes of Favreau, Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard and Kathleen Kennedy.
The Mandalorian season 2 cast
The biggest Mandalorian season 2 casting news so far? SlashFilm reported that Rosario Dawson will play a live-action version of Ahsoka Tano, the padawan apprentice of Anakin Skywalker, who we've only seen before as an animated chararcter in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. She was also heard by Rey as a Jedi voice in Rise of Skywalker (in all three cases, voiced by Ashley Eckstein).
In May 2020, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, will join the cast of The Mandalorian season 2. Morrison will reportedly play Jango's son Boba Fett from the original trilogy, seemingly confirming that Boba Fett survived falling into the sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Boba Fett will play a small role in the show, but we're eager to see how he's connected to our titular character.
Disney has also confirmed that actor Michael Biehn is boarding the Mandalorian season 2 cast as a bounty hunter from Mando's past, while comedian Bill Burr will return as Mayfield (the thief who betrayed Mando during the prison ship heist).
The Mandalorian newbies will join the series regulars from season 1, led by Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian/Din Djarin. Also returning are: Gina Carano as former shock trooper Cara Dunne; Carl Weathers as bounty hunter guild leader Greef Karga; and Giancarlo Esposito as the villainous Moff Gideon.
We also know of one character that won't be coming back. Comedian Bill Burr, who played mercenary Mayfield in season one, made it pretty clear to Vulture that he likely isn't returning for a second round.
"Once these two things [King of Staten Island and F Is for Family] come out on the same day, the well is dry," said Burr, when asked about upcoming projects. "I got nothing. So we shall see."
It's possible that we'll see another appearance by Emily Swallow as Mandalorian leader and weapons forger The Armorer. Oh, and whoever does the puppeteering and adorable child noises of Baby Yoda will certainly be back.
The Mandalorian season 2 trailer
Disney has yet to drop an official trailer for The Mandalorian season 2. We would have expected one to debut at San Diego Comic Con 2020, but that event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. We'll be sure to update this article as soon as an official teaser arrives.
While you wait, you can enjoy this parody trailer put together by IGN that imagines what season 2 would be like with a teenage Baby Yoda.
The Mandalorian season 2 directors
The Mandalorian season 1 was largely written and executive produced by Jon Favreau (with contributions from Dave Filoni of The Clone Wars/Rebels fame and Christopher Yost), though a group of directors took the helm for different episodes. The first season’s directors included Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, Bryce Dallas Howard and Taikia Watiti.
It seems The Mandalorian season 2 will take the same approach. As reported by SlashFilm, Favreau confirmed that he will be directing at least one episode himself. He also noted that Carl Weathers, who also stars in the show as Guild leader Greef Carga, will be getting in the director's chair for an episode.
On Star Wars Day 2020, other Mandalorian episode directors revealed their participation in season 2. Robert Rodriguez ("Spy Kids," "Sin City") tweeted that he got to direct the biggest star in the world, aka Baby Yoda:
I am truly humbled to say I have now had the very rare privilege of directing the biggest star in the universe. @StarWars #TheMandalorian #MayThe4th #StarWarsDay pic.twitter.com/pcmzOHfgaWMay 5, 2020
Peyton Reed (the "Ant-Man" movies) posted an image of his director's chair with Mando's helmet on it:
#MayThe4thBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/XUk5Xfs0JEMay 4, 2020
The Mandalorian season 2 plot: what to expect
We don’t have an official synopsis for The Mandalorian season 2 just yet, but the season 1 finale sets up some obvious plot threads. Season 1 ends with Din Djarin setting off with The Child to find its homeworld and hopefully discover the mysterious, tiny green species that it and Yoda belong to. That could set up some very interesting interactions and huge universe-spanning revelations, and may set the stage for more Force wielders -- and even Jedi -- to make an appearance in Season 2.
Meanwhile, we know that Greef and Cara are sticking around on Nevarro, and that Greef would like Cara to be his enforcer within the Guild. That should lead to some fun and dysfunctional buddy-cop action, especially since Cara doesn’t seem too fond of the grizzled old bounty hunter.
We also know that Moff Gideon survived his TIE Fighter crash at the hands of Din and is packing a deadly Darksaber, which could make things very hairy for Greef and Cara. Gideon possessing the Darksaber is significant, as the unique, black-light lightsaber was first forged by Tarre Vizsla, the first-ever Mandalorian Jedi. Here's hoping we get some backstory as to how Gideon got his hands on one.
Emily Swallow’s the Armorer, the Mandalorian clan leader that forges Din’s armor, seems to have survived the Imperial attack at the end of season one, so it seems likely we’ll see her return -- possibly to team up with Greef and Cara.
It’s worth keeping in mind that The Mandalorian season 2 should push us further into the timeline towards the events of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. While this is purely speculative, this could allow Favreau and crew to give us a look at the origins of both The First Order and The Resistance from Din’s point of view.
What about The Mandalorian season 3?
While The Mandalorian season 2 hasn't dropped yet, the third season of the hit Star Wars show is already in the works. Variety reports that pre-production has begun on The Mandalorian season 3, with Favreau having started on writing and creative director Doug Chiang already at work on general concepts.
Of course, we're not sure when The Mandalorian season 3 will actually start filming, as the coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to nearly all major film productions.