We're just a little over a week away from the season 2 debut of The Mandalorian, the Emmy-nominated, first live-action Star Wars TV series. And Disney+ has decided to whet our appetites with one last "special look" teaser for the series.
Created by Jon Favreau and starring Pedro Pascal as Din Djarin, the titular Mandalorian, the series takes place a few years after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. The basic premise is that after the defeat of the Empire in Return of the Jedi, there was a period of chaos and lawlessness as a new government struggled to emerge from the wreckage. Pascal's bounty hunter is "a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic."
The first season garnered 15 Emmy nomination for its eight-episode freshman outing. And it easily landed a spot on our top TV shows of 2019. "Favreau's brainchild has proven to be a killer vehicle for the most Star Trek-like storytelling yet in a live-action Star Wars product," Ars Tech Culture Editor Sam Machkovech wrote at the time. "Even better, its freak-of-the-week and brand-new-planet progression has been paired with a proper samurai story, as anchored by the religious, fervent, and conflicted Mando himself."
Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, and Giancarlo Esposito are all returning for the second season as Cara Dune, Greef Karga, and Moff Gideon, respectively—the latter having survived being shot down by Karga and The Mandalorian in the season finale. New S2 cast members include Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker's former Jedi Padawan, who is now a spymaster for the Rebel Alliance; Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze (reprising her voice role from The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series), who leads a Mandalorian group known as the Nite Owls; Timothy Olyphant as Cobb Vanth, a former slave who now has possession of fan favorite/bounty hunter Boba Fett's armor; and Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett (apparently resurrected from the dead, since the character died in Return of the Jedi—or did he?). Wrestler Sasha Banks has been cast in an as-yet-undisclosed role.
The first trailer dropped last month, although it didn't offer many details beyond the vague official premise: "The Mandalorian and The Child continue their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire." Mando received instructions to reunite The Child with his own kind, although exactly where that species might be lurking is apparently something he'll have to figure out for himself. It will involve seeking out "an order of sorcerers called Jedi"—sworn enemies of the Mandalorians in eons past. And one scene in the trailer featured two green-skinned aliens engaged in a boxing match, prompting fans to speculate that we'll be seeing more of the Gamorreans this season.
Disney is still playing its cards close to its chest with this latest teaser, and there's not a ton of new footage. But we do learn that Djarin also wants to locate other Mandalorians to guide him on his quest, which will likely lead him to the Nite Owls. There's the briefest glimpse of the blue-skinned, amphibious Mythrol (Horatio Sanz) that Djarin captured in the opening scenes of the S1 pilot episode, so we might be seeing him again. And we get a look at Djarin's iconic jet pack in action.
The Mandalorian S2 debuts on Disney+ on October 30, 2020.