The Mandalorian (season 2)

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The Mandalorian
Season 2
The Mandalorian season 2 poster.jpg
Promotional poster
StarringPedro Pascal
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes5
Release
Original networkDisney+
Original releaseOctober 30, 2020 (2020-10-30) –
present
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List of The Mandalorian episodes

The second season of the American streaming television series The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal as the title character, a bounty hunter trying to return "The Child" to its home. It is part of the Star Wars franchise, set after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983). The season was produced by Lucasfilm, Fairview Entertainment, and Golem Creations, with Jon Favreau serving as showrunner.

Development on a second season of The Mandalorian had begun by July 2019, with Favreau looking to expand the scope of the series and introduce new characters; several characters from previous Star Wars media appear in the season. Filming took place from October 2019 to March 2020, finishing days before the COVID-19 pandemic forced film and television productions to shut down. Post-production was completed remotely, including the recording of composer Ludwig Göransson's score.

The eight-episode season premiered on the streaming service Disney+ on October 30, 2020. A third season was confirmed in April 2020.[1]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten by [2]Original release date [3]
91"Chapter 9: The Marshal"Jon FavreauJon FavreauOctober 30, 2020 (2020-10-30)
The Mandalorian has been tasked with returning his charge, a child, to its people, the Jedi. He begins searching for other Mandalorians who he believes can help him find the Jedi, and is directed to a rumored Mandalorian operating out of the Tatooine town Mos Pelgo. There he learns that there is no Mandalorian in Mos Pelgo, but is confronted by marshal Cobb Vanth who wears Mandalorian armor. Vanth explains that he freed his town from the control of the Mining Collective using this armor, which he bought from Jawas in the desert. The town is now frequently attacked by a krayt dragon. Vanth agrees to give the Mandalorian armor back to its people in exchange for help killing the krayt dragon. The Mandalorian arranges an agreement between the villagers of Mos Pelgo and a local clan of Tusken Raiders to work together to kill the krayt dragon in exchange for peace between the groups. They lure out the krayt dragon, which is ultimately killed by the Mandalorian. He leaves with Vanth's armor, watched by a scarred figure.
102"Chapter 10: The Passenger"Peyton ReedJon FavreauNovember 6, 2020 (2020-11-06)
The Mandalorian agrees to take a Frog Lady and her eggs from Tatooine to the estuary moon Trask, where her husband will fertilize the eggs, in exchange for information on other Mandalorians. Due to the eggs' fragility, they must travel at slow "sub-light" speeds. On their journey, they are confronted by X-wing fighters who force the Mandalorian to a nearby icy planet because he is wanted by the New Republic for his role in a prison break; he crash-lands on the planet. While the Mandalorian fixes the ship, the child stumbles upon numerous eggs inside an ice cave which hatch to reveal a swarm of spider-like creatures. The Mandalorian, child, and passenger are trapped in the Razor Crest, the Mandalorian's ship, until the X-wing pilots find them and kill the creatures. They explain that because the Mandalorian helped apprehend his accomplices from the prison break, they will drop the arrest warrant and leave him with a warning. After the Mandalorian finishes the repairs, the tattered Razor Crest takes off and resumes its journey to Trask.
113"Chapter 11: The Heiress"Bryce Dallas HowardJon FavreauNovember 13, 2020 (2020-11-13)
At Trask, the Frog Lady reunites with her husband and they direct the Mandalorian to a local inn where he can find information on other Mandalorians. A fisherman offers to take the Mandalorian to the others, but onboard the fishing ship he is ambushed by fishermen who want to sell his armor. The Mandalorian and the child are rescued by three Mandalorians, led by Bo-Katan Kryze. She enlists his help in seizing weapons from an Imperial freighter in exchange for information on the Jedi. After boarding the freighter, Bo-Katan reveals that their main objective is to capture the ship along with the weapons for their war effort to reconquer Mandalore. The Imperial captain is instructed by Moff Gideon to crash the ship, but his efforts are stopped by Bo-Katan who questions the captain about the Darksaber. He commits suicide. Bo-Katan directs the Mandalorian to meet the Jedi Ahsoka Tano in the city of Calodan on the forest planet of Corvus. With the Razor Crest partially repaired, the Mandalorian and the child continue on their journey.
124"Chapter 12: The Siege"Carl WeathersJon FavreauNovember 20, 2020 (2020-11-20)
The Razor Crest requires further repairs before it can reach Corvus, so the Mandalorian and the child take a detour to Nevarro where they are re-united with their allies Cara Dune and Greef Karga. While the Razor Crest is being repaired, the Mandalorian is shown how much things have improved on Nevarro since he was last there, under the stewardship of Karga as magistrate and Dune as marshal. The last challenge that they are facing is a remaining Imperial base on the planet, and the Mandalorian agrees to help them destroy it. They discover that the base is in fact a laboratory where Dr. Pershing has been conducting experiments with the child's blood, which has a high M-count. They destroy the base and escape pursued by stormtroopers on speeder bikes and TIE fighters. Dune and Karga manage to stop the speeder bikes while the Mandalorian destroys the TIE fighters with the repaired Razor Crest. The Mandalorian and the child leave for Corvus, unaware that an Imperial spy has planted a tracker on the Razor Crest for Moff Gideon.
135"Chapter 13: The Jedi"Dave FiloniDave FiloniNovember 27, 2020 (2020-11-27)
The Mandalorian and the child arrive at the city of Calodan on the planet Corvus to find the population living in fear of the city's magistrate, Morgan Elsbeth, and her guards, including a hired mercenary named Lang. Elsbeth offers to give the Mandalorian a spear of Beskar steel in exchange for killing Ahsoka. The Mandalorian finds Ahsoka outside the town and presents the child to her. Using The Force, Ahsoka determines that the child's name is Grogu, and that he had begun training as a Jedi before the rise of the Empire. She agrees to continue his training if the Mandalorian helps defeat Elsbeth. They overpower the guards, free the citizens, and the Mandalorian kills Lang. Ahsoka confronts Elsbeth, and demands to know the whereabouts of her master, Grand Admiral Thrawn. Afterwards, Ahsoka refuses to train Grogu due to his close attachment to the Mandalorian. Instead, she directs them to an ancient temple on the planet Tython where Grogu can use the Force to decide his own fate. She also gives the spear to the Mandalorian.
146TBATBAJon FavreauDecember 4, 2020 (2020-12-04)
157TBATBARick FamuyiwaDecember 11, 2020 (2020-12-11)
168TBATBAJon FavreauDecember 18, 2020 (2020-12-18)

Other directors for the season include Rick Famuyiwa and Robert Rodriguez.[4][5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In July 2019, The Mandalorian creator and showrunner Jon Favreau confirmed that there would be a second season of the series. He had already begun writing the new season, and pre-production was underway.[14] It consists of eight episodes. There were fewer start-up costs for the second season, allowing more of the season's budget to be allocated to each episode than has been possible during the first season.[6] Disney CEO Bob Iger announced in February 2020 that the second season would premiere that October.[15]

Rick Famuyiwa was returning as a director by August 2019, but Taika Waititi was not expected to return due to a scheduling conflict with his film Next Goal Wins.[4] A month later, Favreau said he would direct an episode of the second season, after being unable to direct any of the first due to his commitments to The Lion King (2019).[16] At the end of October, Carl Weathers was confirmed to be directing for the season; Favreau had promised that Weathers could direct a second season episode when hiring the actor to co-star in the first season.[17] Dave Filoni had returned as director for the second season by March 2020.[18] On May 4, Star Wars Day, Robert Rodriguez and Peyton Reed revealed that they had also directed episodes of the second season.[5] That June, Bryce Dallas Howard revealed that she had also returned to direct an episode of the second season.[19]

Writing[edit]

The season begins "very directly" after the end of the first season, with the Mandalorian protecting "The Child" and searching for its home. Favreau said the second season would introduce a larger story, with the episodes being "less isolated" than many of the first season's episodes were, though he said each episode of the second season would still have "its own flavor". He added that the new characters introduced in the second season would come with new storylines, allowing the series to begin to explore stories other than the Mandalorian's. Favreau was inspired by the multiple different storylines of Game of Thrones, an approach that he described as "very appealing to me as an audience member".[6]

Casting[edit]

Pedro Pascal stars in the series as Din Djarin, the Mandalorian. Also returning from the first season are co-stars Carl Weathers as Greef Karga, Gina Carano as Cara Dune, Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon,[6] Amy Sedaris as Peli Motto,[8] Horatio Sanz as a Mythrol.[12] and Omid Abtahi as Dr. Pershing.[13]

Olyphant, Morrison, Sackhoff, and Dawson all portray characters in the season who have appeared in previous Star Wars media

In March 2020, Rosario Dawson was reported to be appearing as Ahsoka Tano in the second season.[20][7] This marks the character's first live-action appearance after previously appearing in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels and having a voice-only role in the film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019); the character was voiced by Ashley Eckstein in these appearances. Dawson had previously expressed interest in taking on the role in live-action after her casting was suggested by a fan in February 2017.[20] Also in March, Michael Biehn joined the cast as Lang, an enforcer.[21][7] That May, Temuera Morrison was set to reprise his role as Boba Fett in the second season. Morrison portrayed Boba's father Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), and went on to provide the voice of Boba in various Star Wars media. Before Morrison's involvement was confirmed, the character's armor briefly appeared in the first season episode "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger" worn by an unknown character.[10] Also in May, Katee Sackhoff was revealed to be reprising her role of Bo-Katan Kryze in the second season after previously voicing the character in The Clone Wars and Rebels,[22][11] and Timothy Olyphant was revealed to be in the season as well.[23] He portrays Cobb Vanth, a character from the Star Wars: Aftermath novels who wears Boba Fett's armor.[24][8] In September 2020, Mercedes Varnado was revealed to have been cast in the season;[25] she appears as the Mandalorian Koska Reeves, a member of the Nite Owls.[11]

Filoni reprises his role as X-Wing pilot Trapper Wolf, while Paul Sun-Hyung Lee portrays the pilot Carson Teva.[9]

Filming[edit]

Filming for the season began on October 7, 2019,[4][26] with Favreau directing the season premiere. There was "heightened secrecy" surrounding the second season, with actors only receiving scripts for the episodes they were in and being brought to set in hooded cloaks.[6] As he did for the first season,[27] Star Wars creator George Lucas visited the set while Filoni was directing for the second season.[6] Sam Hargrave served as second unit director for the season. Hargrave said Favreau was "looking for someone... who has experience with action" and that he "wanted to build on" what was done in season one, while bringing in "a new perspective and [taking] it to another level" for season two.[28] Pascal was able to portray the Mandalorian more on set this season than the last, when his other commitments resulted in stunt doubles Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder portraying the character at times.[29] Wayne returned for the season.[30] Filming for the season wrapped on March 8, 2020.[18] This was described as "fortuitous" as it was just four days before film and television productions around the world were shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, the pandemic would still have an impact on post-production for the season.[6]

Music[edit]

Ludwig Göransson retains some of the musical themes he introduced in season one, while creating new ones with new sounds and ideas. In the season, Göransson felt he was using the main theme "in a lot of new and different iterations".[31] The biggest challenge for the season's post-production team was recording Göransson's orchestral score during the COVID-19 pandemic.[6] The series was one of the first to use the 20th Century Fox scoring stage when it allowed recordings to happen again. 30 string players were recorded there for the first seven episodes, with the players wearing masks and spaced six feet apart. The final episode increased the string players to 40, while also adding over a dozen brass and woodwind players. To comply with health regulations and musician union rules, the strings were recorded on separate days from the brass and woodwinds.[31] Additional musicians were recorded remotely and combined with the scoring stage recordings.[6] Recording happened from July to September 2020.[31]

Unlike the first season, where an album of music was released for each episode, Walt Disney Records released the soundtrack for the second season in two volumes: music from "Chapter 9" through "Chapter 12" was released on November 20, 2020, with a second soundtrack for "Chapter 13" through "Chapter 16" scheduled for release on December 18, 2020.[32]

All music is composed by Ludwig Göransson.

The Mandalorian: Season 2 – Vol. 1 (Chapters 9–12) [Original Score]
No.TitleLength
1."Mando Is Back"4:04
2."Enjoy the Fights"2:55
3."The Marshal's Tale"6:05
4."Tusken Raiders"3:18
5."Get the Child"2:06
6."Beneath the Ice"5:25
7."Snacks"2:46
8."Reunited"1:40
9."Ship o hoj, Mandalorians!"7:59
10."Long Live the Empire"4:05
11."Back Together"2:19
12."Experiment"5:16
13."Quite a Soldier"2:46

Marketing[edit]

The first trailer for the season was released on September 15, 2020,[25] while a special look trailer debuted on October 19, 2020 during Monday Night Football.[33] Merchandise for the season was revealed each Monday from October 26 to December 21, 2020 as part of the "Mando Mondays" initiative.[34]

Release[edit]

The season premiered on the streaming service Disney+ on October 30, 2020.[6]

Reception[edit]

The Mandalorian (season 2): Critical reception by episode

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 92% approval rating with an average score of 7.98/10, based on 149 reviews.[35] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 76 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[36]

Documentary series[edit]

In November 2020, it was revealed that a second season of the Disney+ documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian would premiere on December 25, 2020.[37]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Frog Lady is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.[9]
  2. ^ Morrison has reportedly been cast as Boba Fett.[10] However, while he appeared and is credited in "Chapter 9: The Marshal", his role is not yet confirmed.[8]

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