The Mandalorian Season 2 trailer has landed, promising more of what fans loved from the opening installment while leaving room for speculation about what’s to come.
It’s the news Star Wars fans have been eagerly anticipating—the official trailer for The Mandalorian Season 2 was released online and immediately went viral.
The show’s debut season was the first original content to stream on Disney Plus and became a massive success for the platform.
While the storytelling, visuals, and the mysterious protagonist were all massive draws, fans gravitated strongly to an unexpected character. The Child, a baby from the same species as Yoda—and unofficially dubbed Baby Yoda by fans—was revealed to be the Mandalorian’s mark in the opening episode, but eventually became the bounty hunter’s charge.
By the end of the opening season, the Mandalorian and the Child had become a clan of two. From the trailer for The Mandalorian Season 2, it looks like the pair will be going on new adventures together.
Fans of the show were unsurprisingly delighted to see the trailer, and that the bond between the Mandalorian—whose name was revealed to be Din Djarin in the Season 1 finale—and Baby Yoda remains intact. Pedro Pascal, who plays the Mandalorian, shared his excitement about the trailer and the duo’s return on Twitter.
Directors confirmed for The Mandalorian Season 2 include Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni—both of whom act as executive producers—Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Carl Weathers, Peyton Reed, and Robert Rodriguez.
It is a bit disappointing to see only one woman director in the list—Deborah Chow, who directed two of the best episodes of the season, will not be returning, presumably, because she is working on the Obi-Wan Kenobi show.
We break down the trailer and what fans can expect to see from the second season below.
The Mandalorian Season 2: What Do We Know So Far?
It looks like The Mandalorian Season 2 will focus on Din Djarin trying to get the Child to his home. Unfortunately, neither he nor the fans, know where the child’s home is. Yoda’s species and planet of origin have famously never been named by Star Wars creator, George Lucas. Perhaps the show will finally get to the bottom of that mystery?
Interestingly, the Armourer—one of the only Mandalorians to survive a massacre in Season 1—mentions Jedi sorcerers to Djarin in the trailer. The show is set after the events of Return of the Jedi, by which time the Jedi had already passed into legend. Luke Skywalker was the only trained Jedi around—but if a significant enough time has passed, the Jedi the Armourer is referring to could be Luke’s proteges, who were eventually killed by Kylo Ren.
On the other hand, the Jedi could refer to Ahsoka Tano—who never completed her Jedi training to become a Jedi Master due to a plot by Chancellor Palpatine. However, Ahsoka was an integral part of the Rebellion and was seen at the end of Star Wars: Rebels joining Sabine Wren on the search for the lost Jedi, Ezra Bridger.
Ahsoka has been rumored to appear in The Mandalorian Season 2 for months, with many surmising that Rosario Dawson had been cast in the role. If that rumor does come true, the Jedi that Djarin and the Child will encounter could very well be Ahsoka.
Other notable moments from the trailer include shots of X-Wings, seemingly chasing the Mandalorian’s ship. X-Wings were Rebellion battle vessels and there is no love lost between that group and bounty hunters, which could explain why they are antagonists during this season.
The Mandalorian Season 2: Who Can We Expect to See?
In the trailer, we see the return of the Mandalorian’s allies, Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), and Cara Dune (Gina Carano).
Though he didn’t appear in the trailer, Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon is set to return for the second installment, according to official production stills shared online.
Moff Gideon’s presence could be a clue to the nature of a mysterious character appearing in the trailer. Many have speculated about which character WWE’s Sasha Banks is playing in The Mandalorian Season 2.
Some have been wondering if she is Ahsoka—her hood looks like a dark version of the one Ahsoka was wearing in the Rebels finale. But she is sans Ahsoka’s distinctive orange skin and white markings. However, she could be the aforementioned Sabine.
It isn’t a huge leap to imagine Sabine appearing on the show—she is a Mandalorian and the wielder of the Darksaber, which she bequeathed to her mother in Rebels.
Following the end of that show, the Darksaber was next seen in Moff Gideon’s hands. Sabine could be on a mission to return the weapon that is rightfully her people’s, and may eventually join up with Djarin. We also know from Rebels that Sabine and Ahsoka are on a mission together, so it is plausible that they will appear together on the show.
Of course, this is all speculation and we fans will likely have to wait for the show to air before any theories can be confirmed.
Actors we have yet to see but who have been confirmed include Temeura Morrison, who will be joining the show as Boba Fett, and Timothy Olyphant, who will be playing an unspecified role in the second instalment.
According to TVLine, Katee Sackhoff—best known for Battlestar Galactica and The Flash—will be appearing as Bo-Katan Kryze, and The Terminator actor Michael Biehn will be playing a bounty hunter.
The Mandalorian Season 2: What’s the controversy?
Despite the general sense of excitement about The Mandalorian Season 2 trailer, it comes on the back of a significant amount of controversy surrounding the show.
Though the nature of Dawson’s involvement in the show has yet to be confirmed, her family has been accused of transphobic violence, and the matter is still ongoing.
More recently, Cara Dune actor Gina Carano was called out for controversial tweets about mask-wearing during the pandemic and the way she has handled adding pronouns to her Twitter bio—even after a conversation with Pascal about the importance of including them.
Carano, who did not have her pronouns in her bio, added ‘beep/bop/boop’—an act that fans felt was transphobic. Carano denies the claims, but her actions do come across as mocking anyone who deals with being misgendered and faces physical violence as a result. Many have questioned why she felt the need to add anything instead of just keeping her pronouns blank.
With Season 2 already on its way and a third installment in the works, it is likely that Dawson and Carano will continue to be involved in the show. Hopefully, they will address the controversies soon and put fans at ease.
Until then, at least fans have Baby Yoda and his dad, Mando, to look forward to seeing.
What are you looking forward to seeing in The Mandalorian Season 2? Tell us in the comments below.
The Mandalorian Season 2 will stream weekly on Disney Plus from October 30.