The Mandalorian season 2 is just six months away. That may feel like an especially long way away, but it’ll soon come around and deliver a much-needed dose of space escapism in a galaxy far, far away.
To help you prepare for the return of Mando (and Baby Yoda, lest we forget), we’ve wrapped up all the latest news in one neat little package. That includes a release date – plus an attempt to narrow the window down on this hype train even further from its October stop – cast announcements, rumours, and so much more besides that.
There’s even time to dive deep into some Mandalorian theories from ‘round the web and even the *gasp* very first set photo thanks to Jon Favreau. It’s all here in our Mando round-up. This is The Way to keep updated on all things season 2.
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Michael Biehn will appear in The Mandalorian season 2, and Jamie Lee Curtis might be joining him
Cast news! Michael Biehn, who you starred as Kyle Reese in the original Terminator, is gearing up for season 2. He's set to play a bounty hunter with ties to Mando's past.
Jamie Lee Curtis, meanwhile, has reportedly been spotted on set, though we can file this one firmly away under 'rumour' for now.
Rosario Dawson is joining The Mandalorian season 2 as Ahsoka Tano
One of the biggest pieces of news that's emerged about The Mandalorian season 2 so far has to do with a returning face. Namely, Clone Wars stalwart Ahsoka Tano is joining the party later this year, marking the character's first foray into live action. She'll be played by Rosario Dawson, perhaps best known for her turn as Night Nurse in the Netflix Marvel shows. There are even rumours that this could serve as a backdoor pilot for the character's own standalone Disney Plus show...
- In the UK? The Mandalorian release schedule has been fully updated
The Mandalorian season 2 release date set for October 2020
The Mandalorian season 2 release date has been confirmed as October 2020 by then-Disney CEO Bob Iger, who announced the news during an investor call.
While we don't have an exact Mandalorian season 2 release date yet beyond October, we can take an educated guess. As Disney Plus series almost always release on Fridays, including The Mandalorian last year and The Clone Wars season 7 throughout early 2020, we'd expect it to be the same again this time. That means season 2 should return on one the following dates:
- October 2, 2020
- October 9, 2020
- October 16, 2020
- October 23, 2020
- October 30, 2020
Expect the Mandalorian release schedule to mirror season one with new episodes dropping weekly.
As for a UK release date? We'll know more once Disney Plus is out on March 24. Expect a simultaneous release with season 2, however.
The Mandalorian season 2 cast
The Mandalorian season 2 cast hasn’t all been officially announced – but we’d eat our Beskar-lined hats if Pedro Pascal isn’t back as The Mandalorian, real name Din Djarin.
There's also a handful of the wider cast that, while they haven’t been confirmed to return, are almost certainly on board again. They include Cara Dune (Gina Carano), while Karga (Carl Weathers), and the Darksaber-wielding Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) will both return according to recent interviews (check out the 'story' section below for more on that).
That quartet could be joined by some familiar faces in the Star Wars universe. Deadline reports that “insiders have hinted that several established characters from the Skywalker Saga’s feature films mythology will make appearances.”
While that hasn't come to pass yet, one established character from the wider Star Wars mythos, Ahsoka Tano, will appear and be portrayed by Rosario Dawson, and Michael Biehn will appear as an as-yet-unnamed bounty hunter.
One potential person who could appear in the series is Janina Gavankar, who played protagonist Iden Versio in the canon video game Star Wars Battlefront II. Asked on Twitter whether she could reprise the role in live-action by a fan, she answered: "You’ll have to ask Mr. Dave Filoni." Filoni, who directed the very first episode of The Mandalorian, has not responded to the rumors at this point.
Another intriguing cast rumour comes in the shape of a whisper from the Mat Men Pro Wrestling Podcast. WWE Superstar Sasha Banks (real name Mercedes Kaestner-Varnardo) has been linked to an unknown role. Don't expect her to lay the smackdown in a galaxy far, far away just yet, however. It's something the host has been unable to "100% confirm"
Oh, and don’t worry, Baby Yoda will also be back. They have to make use of the $5 million prop somehow.
The Mandalorian season 2 directors
The first season of The Mandalorian had a murderer’s row of talented directors, each bringing their own unique vision to the show.
Dave Filoni (integral to much of Star Wars’ wider television success in the likes of The Clone Wars), Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow (who will direct the Obi-Wan Disney Plus series), Bryce Dallas Howard, and Taika Waititi all helmed episodes. Season 2 is off to a similarly strong start in terms of personnel as show co-creator Jon Favreau will step into the director’s chair for at least one episode, while Carl Weathers was also confirmed as a director back in October.
One of the directors on Season 2 of #TheMandalorian will be @TheCarlWeathers! When he calls “Action!” I don’t know how anyone on set could resist answering “Jackson!” pic.twitter.com/PafyPfbl5aOctober 19, 2019
Some other rumoured directors, such as Ant-Man's Peyton Reed and Robert Rodriguez, have been linked, but there has been no official confirmation as of yet. For now, they're just that: rumours.
The Mandalorian season 2 story
As is The Way with all things Star Wars, plot details for The Mandalorian season 2 are being kept tightly under wraps. However, we can make a few educated guesses when taking into account both the season 1 finale and tidbits from recent interviews.
First, the season finale: Mando has managed to escape the clutches of Moff Gideon and head off-world with Baby Yoda – officially known as The Child – in tow. He has been tasked with raising the mysterious creature as his own and in the ways of the Mandalorian code. Gideon, meanwhile, may have been forced into a crash landing by The Mandalorian, but did get a chance to show off his lightsaber, the Darksaber. Gideon used the weapon to cut loose from his ship’s wreckage and is probably going to be out for revenge. Gideon also still has his eyes on The Child for reasons that are as yet unknown.
Season 2 will surely follow the path set by episode 7, with Gideon hot on Mando’s tail at every turn. Expect some more Force powers on show, too, if Baby Yoda gets a chance to develop his skills under Mando’s guidance. Speaking to /Film, Gideon actor Giancarlo Esposito says he "mostly certainly" has a larger role to play in The Mandalorian season 2 after his brief stint at the tail-end of last season. That even includes another scene with Baby Yoda.
Elsewhere, we’ll definitely be digging deep into Greef’s history. He told sister publication SFX, “I think [Greef’s backstory] is more saved for season 2.”
Another mystery could also be unravelled later this year: who is Baby Yoda? Well, we now know for sure he has another name. Taika Waititi reveals that “He’s not named Baby Yoda! I’ll wait for [Jon] Favreau to give that away.”
Waititi’s best guess is… Nigel. Because of course it is.
I think it's Nigel. https://t.co/SWw6Z3RllRJanuary 6, 2020
The Mandalorian season 2 set photos
Just a solitary Mandalorian season 2 set photo has emerged so far. Taking to Instagram late last year, Jon Favreau gave us a glimpse of the production for the second season.
Ok, it doesn’t reveal much – just a shot of Mando’s squeaky-clean helmet – but the dusty background (and rock on which the helmet is placed) definitely evokes the planet of Navarro, the setting for much of the first season of The Mandalorian. If so, that could clue us in as to where part of the season takes place.
The Mandalorian season 2 theories
With very little information readily available on the series, we’ll have to find solace in some Mandalorian theories. Sure, some of those on the web are wild and unlikely – but that’s what makes them so entertaining. Here are a couple of our favourites so far.
The aptly-named Backpacks-got-jets on Reddit has made the (convincing) case for Boba Fett showing up in the future. The most famous Mandalore of them all could still be alive and kicking post-Return of the Jedi despite his slip into the Sarlaac Pit – and the fact his ultimate fate hasn’t been mentioned by his own clan indicates that he may still be out there. We can but hope.
Another Mandalorian theory involves the Darksaber. The weapon has a rich history away from the mainline movies, including several appearances in The Clone Wars. The last known user of the Darksaber (before Moff Gideon) was the Mandalorian Bo-Katan. We haven’t found out how Gideon got hold of the Darksaber – but The Mandalorian season 2 could fill us in on both that and what happened to Bo-Katan, and several on Reddit agree.
One theory that won’t be making its way into season 2, though, is the idea that Baby Yoda is actually, inexplicably, Yoda. Jon Favreau told USA Today: “This takes place after Return of the Jedi. The fans of the original trilogy will remember that Yoda not only passes away but actually disappears. So Yoda exists as a Force Ghost. But this Baby Yoda character is called Baby Yoda by most people because there's no name for the Yoda species.”
The Mandalorian season 2 trailer
No, you haven’t missed a secret Mandalorian season 2 trailer. But we can perhaps expect one in mid-2020 as the Fall release date approaches, especially with the amount of coronavirus delays currently sweeping the industry. We’ll update this section with any and all trailers, teasers and TV spots as we get them.