While Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is just as divided among the fan base as its predecessor, The Last Jedi, the galaxy is much more united in its love for Disney Plus TV show The Mandalorian – and it’s not only because of the very cute Force-child Baby Yoda.
The highly anticipated The Mandalorian season 2 is set to return to the lawless worlds with a western theme of the show’s brilliant first year, but with additional intrigue. How will the bounty hunter of the same name, Din D jaren, carry out his mission to locate the house and people of Baby Yoda? What is the mysterious “Darksaber” waving by imperial officer Moff Gideon in the final of season 1? And which Skywalker legend characters could The Mandalorian encounter?
Before returning in the fall of 2020 we ask all important questions about the release date, the story and more of The Mandalorian season 2 …
- What is Baby Yoda?
- Enjoy the Star Wars films in order, including the location of The Mandalorian on the timeline
- Our review of The Rise of Skywalker
The Mandalorian season 2 release date: coming fall 2020
Mandalorian season 2 was always inevitable – indeed, showrunner Jon Favreau announced that production had started when a single season 1 episode was broadcast.
Favreau revealed a little more on Friday, December 27, via a tweet that confirms that the new season will be in the fall of 2020. Mandalorian season 1 debuted on November 12, 2019, so don’t be surprised if there is a similar date for season 2.
Mandalorian season 2 is about the search for the home of Baby Yoda
One of George Lucas’s great rules in telling Star Wars was that the identity of the species and the planet of veteran Jedi master Yoda had to be kept secret. It seems that Disney may have thrown away the first important guideline now that it possesses the Lucasfilm empire, because all signs suggest that The Mandalorian season 2 will focus on the search for ‘the child’ – also known as Baby Yoda’s – at home.
During the final of season 1, the Mandalorian Armorer on Nevarro tells the Mandalorian (real name of Din Djaar) that because Baby Yoda is a foundling (and therefore probably not, as previously speculated, a clone), “It is up to you through creed. “Then she adds:” You have no choice, you have to reunite it with its own kind. “
Unfortunately for Mando, however, the Armorer had no information about where he could find them: “You have to determine this,” she teases.
But as always in Star Wars, there is a certain amount of ambiguity here – and the identity of those who are actually looking for the Mandalorian can come to your own point of view.
Perhaps, at first glance, Mando is looking for the home world of the kind of Yoda. Or maybe he is just looking for Jedi who survived the Emperor’s Order 66 cleansing in Revenge of the Sith some three decades earlier.
Why the confusion? In the Outer Rim worlds that set the stage for The Mandalorian, the Jedi’s Force exploits are just a myth – indeed, the Mandalorian simply says about Baby Yoda’s Force capabilities that “it can move objects with its mind” .
“I know about such things,” the armor reveals. “The eons’ songs from the past tell of battles between Mandalore the Great and an order of wizards named Jedi who fought with such powers.” Crucial is that when Mando asks if Baby Yoda is an enemy, the Armorer declares: “The kind were enemies, but this individual is not.”
So since Mandalore’s fights were with the Jedi, rather than specifically with the Yoda species, this means that Mando’s new premium could be the Jedi …
Or maybe the Mandalorian will settle for simply finding out the name of Baby Yoda. Apparently he has one, and Disney CEO Bob Iger told The Star Wars Show that he knows what it is – not that he cares something away.
Mandalorian season 2: the Darksaber explained
Above: clips from The Clone Wars featuring the Darksaber.
When Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) cuts himself out of his hit TIE Fighter at the end of season 1 of The Mandalorian, he uses a knife that sounds a lot like a sword, but looks quite different from the weapons we are used to to be seen in the hands of Jedi and Sith. More swordlike in shape, with a black knife surrounded by a bright glow, it should, however, be known to viewers of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Because unless we are very wrong, this looks like the legendary Darksaber.
This unique weapon is an important part of the Star Wars – and especially Mandalorian – tradition. Originally created by Tare Vizsla, the first Mandalorian warrior who joined the Jedi order, it became a symbol of power on the planet Mandalore. At the end of Star Wars Rebels (two years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope) it came into the hands of Bo-Katan Kryze, who was considered the rightful heir of the Mandalorian leadership.
But how did such an important weapon come into the hands of Moff Gideon? We do know that at some point between the end of the rebels and the return of the Jedi, the empire carried out the so-called “Great Purification,” all but the wiping out of the Mandalorians. We also know that Gideon was an officer at the Imperial Security Bureau (ISB) during the Purge, so he could have gotten the Darksaber from Bo-Katan at that time. (If that turns out to be the case, it’s intriguing to find out if Bo-Katan survived – it was played by Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica in both The Clone Wars and Rebels, so this could be a chance to fan-favorite actor in the show.)
Alternatively, the Darksaber could have been in possession of the Mandalorian “tribe” who lived underground at Nevarro during the entire Mandalorian season 1 – Gideon may have just obtained it when his imperial remains swept away most Mandalorians. However, this seems less likely – the surviving Armorer would have protected such an important weapon with her life.
The Mandalorian season 2: Original Trilogy characters rumors
According to Deadline: “Insiders have hinted that several established characters from Skywalker’s mythological feature films will appear during the second season of the show.” The tweet from the release of Jon Favreau above showed a photo of a Gamorrean, one of the so-called Pig Guards from Jabba’s Palace in Return of the Jedi, but we suspect – if the rumors of this insider are correct – they refer to someone who is a considerably larger deal in the saga than that.
While Jabba the Hutt, Darth Vader and the emperor are dead (or so the Milky Way thinks …) and it is unlikely that Luke Skywalker will pop up at the saga that bears his name, there are many big names in the Star Wars universe that “I will operate around the time of The Mandalorian, five years after the destruction of the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi. Original trilogy survivors Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, C-3PO, R2-D2 and even rebel legends Wedge Antilles, Admiral Ackbar and Nien Nunb all could cross the road with the Mandalorian and Baby Yoda.
But we would be much more interested to see General Hux’s father, Brendol, a former imperial officer who was helpful in the formation of the First Order – or even SPOILER ALERT Rey’s parents. Now that we know they were in hiding – pretending to be “nobody” before giving Rey away, any new glimpse into their background story could improve what we learned in The Rise of Skywalker.
Most likely, however, is the re-appearance of several bounty hunters hired by Darth Vader to capture the Millennium Falcon in The Empire Strikes Back. IG-88, Zuckuss, Dengar, Bossk and 4-LOM are still theoretically looking for work in the time of The Mandalorian season 2, and certainly operate in the same beehives of scum and villain as our friendly neighborhood Mando.
Perhaps we even see a return for the legendary Boba Fett … Yes, he was last seen by the Sarlacc swallowed in Return of the Jedi, but the bounty hunter did succeed in escaping 1000 years of digestion in the old “Legends” stories of the Expanded Universe, a plot that could be transferred to the official canon. And there is also much speculation online that the mysterious figure on Tatooine who finds the body of the deceased Fennec Shand in chapter 5, “The Gunslinger”, can be Fett himself – the tinkling traces can just be a clue …
And even if the owner of the tracks is not Fett, a particularly interesting theory suggested on Inverse suggests that it could be a member of the family – Ailyn Vel, his daughter in the legends stories. Could this be the identity of this mysterious Funko Pop! Vinyl figure?
The Mandalorian is one of the best Star Wars in years
We can’t wait for a second season of The Mandalorian. A few less exciting episodes by the middle of season one aside, the simple stories and stylish images of this show made it a satisfying look at another side of the Star Wars universe. Creator Jon Favreau has a lot on the table to pay off in season 2.