The Mandalorian season 2 release date, trailer, cast, directors, and more

Bradley Russell
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 The Mandalorian season 2
The Mandalorian season 2

The Mandalorian season 2 is almost here. The new Disney Plus series arrives on October 30, transporting us back to that galaxy far, far away for the first time since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrived on the big screen last December. Before then, however, we have a lot to pick through, including a trailer, new images, and a cast leak that seemingly confirms some old reports.

We've also gone beyond all that to give you a deeper dive into the new series, looking at every director who has been attached to The Mandalorian season 2, plus some exclusive quotes that our teams at Total Film and SFX have collected. After even more Star Wars data? Well, this is the way... (And if you haven’t signed up for Disney Plus yet, be sure to check out these Disney Plus deals and Disney Plus bundles so you don’t miss out on The Mandalorian season 2 next month.)

The Mandalorian season 2 release date is official: October 30

The Mandalorian season 2 release date has been confirmed: it's coming on October 30. Expect new episodes to air weekly into November and December.

The Mandalorian season 2 trailer is here!

We've been waiting a while for this one. The Mandalorian season 2 trailer is now live and you can watch it above! It charts the next leg of Mando's journey to deliver Baby Yoda back to his species. There are some interesting aspects to pull out of the trailer, too, including the mysterious hooded woman, some familiar planets, and even a member of Darth Maul's species all hiding within.

For more, check out our trailer breakdown.

The Mandalorian season 2 cast

the mandalorian season 2 cast
the mandalorian season 2 cast

The Mandalorian season 2 cast has been mostly revealed. Mostly. Pedro Pascal is back as The Mandalorian, real name Din Djarin. Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Karga (Carl Weathers), and the Darksaber-wielding Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) are all set to return.

As per the season 2 trailer, WWE Superstar Sasha Banks is also among the confirmed names in a galaxy far, far away. No news yet on who she's playing, but some fans think it could be Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels. She once held the Darksaber too. Hmm...

The cast 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.” That could include Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett.

While we still have no official confirmation, one established character from the wider Star Wars mythos, Clone Wars stalwart Ahsoka Tano, will make the leap to live-action. Rosario Dawson, known to many for playing Night Nurse in the Netflix Marvel shows, will appear as the character. However, she's keeping schtum as of writing but could be joined by another iconic Star Wars figure...

Sarlacc pits be damned. Boba Fett has seemingly blasted his way out of his Return of the Jedi predicament and will be jetpacking his way into the second season. That is, according to a report from THR suggests it will only be a "small role." It's unknown yet how he will factor into the events of the series, but he joins the likes of Ahsoka Tano in terms of new faces this year.

We also have word that sci-fi legend Michael Biehn, who starred as Kyle Reese in the original Terminator and appeared in Aliens, is gearing up for The Mandalorian season 2. He's set to play a bounty hunter with ties to Mando's past, while Timothy Olyphant is also joining the cast. Disney Plus in Germany went on to confirm that Dawson, Olyphant, and Banks will all be in the series.

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 images and set photos

The Mandalorian season 2
The Mandalorian season 2

Roll up, roll up: the first official Mandalorian images were revealed earlier this year, thanks to the official Star Wars account. They can also all be found on this page, should you wish to burn them into your retina until October. There's Mando, Baby Yoda poking out of a pouch, Cara Dune, a newly-bearded Greef, a Tusken Raider, and a glowering Moff Gideon.

Taking to Instagram late last year, Jon Favreau also gave us an early glimpse of the production for the second season. Later, on Star Wars Day, directors Peyton Reed and Robert Rodriguez both gave us new looks from the set of The Mandalorian season 2.

Greetings from the set of #TheMandalorian season 2 Jon Favreau

A photo posted by @jonfavreau on Nov 13, 2019 at 1:23pm PST

Ok, they don’t reveal much – just two shots of Mando’s squeaky-clean helmet and a glimpse at Baby Yoda – but the dusty background of Favreau's photo (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 directors: every confirmed name

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. 

Ant-Man's Peyton Reed and Robert Rodriguez have confirmed they are helming episodes of The Mandalorian season 2, while Bryce Dallas Howard told Collider that she will also be directing another episode. The series has a few less writers, however, with only three on the call sheet: Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, and Rick Famuyiwa. According to the Writers Guild of America, Favreau took on six episodes solo, while the other two did one episode apiece. 

Here's the full list, as confirmed by Disney:

  • Bryce Dallas Howard

  • Carl Weathers

  • Dave Filoni

  • Jon Favreau

  • Peyton Reed

  • Rick Famuyiwa

  • Robert Rodriguez

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, tidbits from recent interviews, plus the latest trailer.

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. The new trailer even points him in the direction of the Jedi, so expect one (or many) of them to show up in the new season.

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.”

Jon Favreau, though, gave the biggest clue as to the scope of the story, saying, The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world. The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and hopefully we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show.”  

He added: “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.”

Different storylines? As the trailer showed, there will be more than a hint of Jedi in the upcoming season. Could we expect to see an episode entirely about Ahsoka Tano in her post-Rebels phase? We can hope.

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.

The Mandalorian season 2 theories

the mandalorian season 2
the mandalorian season 2

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 – something that has seemingly been confirmed by casting news sites. 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 poster

The Mandalorian season 2 poster
The Mandalorian season 2 poster

One last thing! Feast your eyes on The Mandalorian season 2 poster, featuring a rather unique way of lugging The Child across the galaxy. Pouches are back in fashion, baby.