SPOILERS FOR SEASON 1 OF THE MANDALORIAN & STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER AHEAD
We first reported that The Mandalorian had a second season greenlit by Lucasfilm/Disney before they even showed off the series at Star Wars Celebration 2019 in Chicago and with the end of Season 1 we now have an idea of where Season 2 could be going.
We know that officially Jon Favreau will be returning as producer/showrunner and is aiming to direct an episode another with Carl Weathers.
With Death Watch and the Darksaber being introduced in the finale that could certainly be part of the direction of the second season.
At the very least explain how Moff Gideon knew Din Djarin’s true name and why he was wielding the Darksaber.
It sounds like that Din Djarin might interact with Jedi or the New Jedi Order as he’s been tasked to return Baby Yoda to the Jedi and is now his surrogate father. So, that secures that Mando and Baby Yoda will continue their journey together.
It’ll be interesting to see how many Jedi exist in this era of Star Wars, as Luke and Leia may have started to train the next generation of Jedi with the fall of the Empire behind them.
This might frustrate people that wanted the season to ultimately wrap-up the Baby Yoda stuff as Favreau/Lucasfilm seem to want to keep that going.
Surviving characters that might end up returning include Emily Swallow’s The Armorer, Carl Weather’s Greef Carga, and Gina Carano’s Cara Dune. This would suggest they could hypothetically return for Season 2.
Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon seems to be returning as an antagonist in Season 2, what that ultimately looks like is still in question. Is he a fellow Mandalorian that turned his back to join the Empire or is loyalties slightly more grey?
I wouldn’t be terribly shocked if Gideon has some deeper connection to Mando.
We could end up seeing other characters from the Legends and Clone Wars/Rebels showing up.
Jon Favreau also hasn’t ruled out including characters such as Thrawn (established as canon in Star Wars Rebels) and Mara Jade when directly asked about those two characters by EntertainmentWeekly.
FAVREAU: “I don’t want to talk about anything that might be fun for people to discover. We do have conversations. Part of what’s fun to see if we could merge the worlds of the original trilogy, the prequels, the sequels, The Clones Wars, and what’s been considered canon up to this point and what’s been considered part of Legends. I think this show offers an opportunity to bring in all those elements so no matter what your flavor of Star Wars ice cream you like there will be something to enjoy. But you’re asking the right questions.”
There had talk from EntertainmentWeekly speaking with Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni the series exploring the origins of The First Order, however, it wasn’t really the case in Season 1.
The upcoming Disney+ series is set to explore some of the early origins of the First Order — the dictatorship commanded by Supreme Leader Snoke that rose up to succeed the fallen Galactic Empire that was defeated in Return of the Jedi.
FILONI: “This doesn’t turn into a good guy universe because you blew up two Death Stars.”
“You get that the Rebels won and they’re trying to establish a Republic, but there’s no way that could have set in for everybody all at once. You have in a Western where you’re out on the frontier and there might be Washington and they might have some marshals, but sometimes good luck finding one.”
FAVREAU: “Also, what could happen in the 30 years between celebrating the defeat of the Empire and then the First Order?”
“You come in on Episode VII, [the First Order are] not just starting out. They’re pretty far along.”
There is a possibility that Ren, Knights of Ren, General Pryde, Emperor Palpatine, Sith Cultists, and Exogel/Unknown Regions could be explored. Season 2 of The Mandalorian filling the blanks for The Rise of Skywalker wouldn’t be that shocking to me.
Disney/Lucasfilm has yet to announce when they’ll have the second season will be ready to begin rolling out on Disney+.