The Mandalorian season 2: release date, Ahsoka Tano, cast and what we know

The Mandalorian: Season 2

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The Mandalorian season 2 release date on Disney Plus was October 30, 2020 – the wait for new episodes of the first Star Wars live-action TV show is now over. This season of The Mandalorian will focus on the search for Baby Yoda’s homeworld, and follow up on the Darksaber reveal seen at the end of season 1.

Pedro Pascal returns as Din Djarin in eight new episodes, which are rumored to go deeper into Star Wars lore this time, with appearances from characters in The Clone Wars animated series, and an already-confirmed reveal of what appeared to be Boba Fett. You can read all about that below, in our guide to The Mandalorian season 2.

With new episodes rolling out every Friday until the end of December, then, here’s what we know about The Mandalorian season 2 so far – note that this is likely to change a lot from week to week.

Read our The Mandalorian season 2 episode 1 recap for more on the first episode, and find out when the next episode of The Mandalorian season 2 is.

The Mandalorian season 2 release date: October 2020

The Mandalorian season 2 release date was October 30, 2020. New episodes are out every Friday on Disney Plus. Here’s The Mandalorian season 2 release schedule.

The Mandalorian season 2 trailer: see it here

There are a couple of official trailers for The Mandalorian season 2 – check them out above and below, for a sample of what’s to come this season.

The Mandalorian season 2 cast: Boba Fett, Bo-Katan and Ahsoka Tano reportedly join the series

This is the main The Mandalorian season 2 cast we know about, but we’ve included rumored cast members in the line-up, too. 

  • Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian/Din Djarin
  • Gina Carano as Cara Dune
  • Carl Weathers as Greef Karga
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon
  • Michael Biehn (rumored)
  • Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett (confirmed!)
  • Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano (rumored)
  • Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze (rumored)
  • Timothy Olyphant as Cobb Vanth (confirmed!)

Potential spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2 follow.

Since the show debuted, rumors about characters popping up in The Mandalorian season 2 have gone haywire. Two of those have been confirmed: Timothy Olyphant as Cobb Vanth and Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett, both of which appeared in season 2, episode 1.

The rest are just as exciting – but unconfirmed to date.

Rosario Dawson will reportedly play The Clone Wars favorite Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian season 2. This would mark the character’s first appearance in live-action. Variety, too, confirmed the report, saying it’s a guest-starring role. Speaking to Variety, Dawson explains how excited she would be for such a role. “That’s not confirmed yet,” she said, “but when that happens I will be very happy.”

More recently, Apple marketing for Disney Plus has seemingly confirmed Dawson’s involvement in the show. It’s starting to sound like Ahsoka Tano is a dead cert.

Aliens and Terminator’s Michael Biehn is reportedly part of The Mandalorian season 2 cast, too, possibly playing a bounty hunter (via The Hollywood Reporter). 

In May 2020, Slashfilm reported Katee Sackhoff will be reprising her role as the Mandalorian warrior Bo-Katan Kryze from Star Wars: Rebels, only this time in live-action.

Could Morrison also turn up as another character from The Clone Wars? Rumors suggest it’s possible, though it’s worth pointing out the clones in the series rapidly age as a result of the process used to create them. Wait and see on that one.

The Mandalorian season 2 story: the search for Baby Yoda’s homeworld?

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Everything about the finale of season 1 suggested that The Mandalorian season 2 will focus on the search for “the Child” – aka Baby Yoda’s – home. This would certainly contradict George Lucas’ famous rule about not revealing the origin of Yoda’s species…

At the start of season 2, we learn that to achieve this, The Mandalorian is searching for more of his own people first, which is what leads him to meet Cobb Vanth on Tatooine. 

During the season 1 finale, the Mandalorian Armorer on Nevarro tells the Mandalorian that because Baby Yoda is a foundling (and therefore probably not, as previously speculated, a clone), “By creed it it is in your care.” She then adds that, “You have no choice, you must reunite it with its own kind.”

Unfortunately for Mando, however, the Armorer didn’t have any information on where he might find them: “This you must determine,” she teases.

But as ever in Star Wars, there’s a degree of ambiguity here – and the identity of who the Mandalorian is actually looking for may come down to your own point of view. Perhaps Mando is, as it seems at first glance, looking for the homeworld of Yoda’s species. Or maybe he’s simply looking for Jedi who survived the Emperor’s Order 66 purge in Revenge of the Sith, some three decades earlier. 

Why the confusion? In the Outer Rim worlds that provide the setting for The Mandalorian, the Force exploits of the Jedi are just myth – indeed, the Mandalorian simply says of Baby Yoda’s Force abilities that “it can move objects with its mind”. 

“I know of such things,” the Armorer reveals. “The songs of aeons past tell of battles between Mandalore the Great and an order of sorcerers called Jedi that fought with such powers.” Crucially, when Mando asks if Baby Yoda is an enemy, the Armorer states: “Its kind were enemies but this individual is not.”

So seeing as Mandalore’s battles were with the Jedi, rather than specifically with Yoda’s species, this implies that Mando’s new bounty may actually be the Jedi. Either way, actor Pedro Pascal suggested he knows what Baby Yoda is in conversation with us. 

Expect more of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) in season 2 of The Mandalorian, probably looking for revenge after the battle at the end of season 1. “Major, major, epic, epic lightsaber action happening on this show,” the actor said at Fan Expo Canada (via Comic Book). Could this mean a lightsaber duel makes it into The Mandalorian season 2?

The Mandalorian season 2: spin-offs may be in the works, and season 3 is reportedly confirmed

In an earnings call, Disney’s Bob Iger hinted at more characters being introduced in The Mandalorian season 2, with possible spin-offs being set up. He teased it as, “more coming from The Mandalorian thereafter, including the possibility of infusing it with more characters and the possibility of taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series”. 

The exact phrasing suggests spin-offs will focus on newer characters, rather than existing ones. We’re sure a lot of fans would argue Gina Carano’s Cara Dune would be a good fit…but then maybe some of those other rumored characters like Ahsoka Tano could be set up for live action. Cobb Vanth now seems like a good bet.

The Mandalorian season 3, too, has been confirmed by creator Jon Favreau, so this show isn’t going anywhere. 

While not technically a Mandalorian spin-off, upcoming animated series The Bad Batch will mean we have a steady supply of Star Wars in to 2021 as The Mandalorian season 2 completes. Following the titular elite soldiers first introduced in The Clone Wars, we’ll see the experimental clones on daring missions as they attempt to find meaning in a post-Clone era. Decorated Star Wars creator Dave Filoni returns alongside Athena Portillo (Clone Wars), Brad Rau (Rebels), and Carrie Beck (Rebels) as executive producers.

The Mandalorian season 2: the Darksaber explained

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When Moff Gideon cuts himself out of his stricken TIE Fighter at the end of The Mandalorian season 1 finale, he uses a blade that sounds much like a lightsaber, but looks rather different to the weapons we’re used to seeing in the hands of Jedi and Sith. More sword-like in shape, with a black blade surrounded by a bright glow, it should, however, be familiar to viewers of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Because unless we’re very much mistaken, this looks like the legendary Darksaber.

This unique weapon is a key part of Star Wars – and particularly Mandalorian – lore. Originally created by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian warrior to join the Jedi order, it became a symbol of power on the planet of Mandalore. At the conclusion of Star Wars Rebels (set two years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope) it ended up in the hands of Bo-Katan Kryze, who was deemed the rightful heir to the Mandalorian leadership. 

But how did such an important weapon end up in Moff Gideon’s hands? We’ll find soon: speaking to Deadline, Esposito emphasised that this mysterious blade will be a major focus of season 2 and “key to Moff Gideon’s past”. He also said that “You’ll see more of the Darksaber, you’ll get the explanation of this ancient weapon to the modern world, a collapsed world,” Esposito said. “Where did this saber come from and how was it revived? It’s a key in our second season.”

We do know that at some point between the end of Rebels and Return of the Jedi, the Empire carried out the so-called “Great Purge”, all but wiping out the Mandalorians. We also know that Gideon was an officer in the Imperial Security Bureau (ISB) during the Purge, so could have obtained the Darksaber from Bo-Katan at that time. With Sackhoff reportedly playing Bo-Katan in The Mandalorian, it makes sense that she’s survived, and could be looking for revenge. 

Alternatively, the Darksaber could have been in the possession of the Mandalorian “Tribe” living underground on Nevarro throughout The Mandalorian season 1 –Gideon may simply have obtained it when his Imperial remnant wiped out most of the Mandalorians in hiding. This seems less likely, however – surely the surviving Armorer would have protected such an important weapon with her life.

While we can only speculate right now, Esposito had plenty of fun teasing fans on Entertainment Tonight. “To have this saber means I can use it, and I can do my own dirty work, that I’m a fighter, that I’m a warrior. That’s part of me.” But, in addressing questions over whether he’s a Sith Lord, he hinted: “is he really that fallen hero? Is he a descendant of Darth Vader? Who is he? What does he want?” If Gideon is at least force-sensitive, it strengthens the case that Ahsoka Tano will appear as his force-sensitive rival.

The Mandalorian season 2 directors: Jon Favreau, Peyton Reed and Robert Rodriguez confirmed

Despite being the creator and main writer of The Mandalorian season one, Iron Man director Jon Favreau didn’t direct a single episode – it didn’t hurt the show at all, but The Mandalorian season 2 will benefit from his input. “I didn’t get a chance the last time around because I was doing Lion King,” Favreau mentioned to EW. “So I’ll step in for one of them.” 

Amid the launch of the first-look images from EW, however, Favreau did reveal he directed the first episode of season 2. He also explained that the show’s scope and storytelling remit will expand this time. “The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and hopefully we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show,” Favreau said.

Other directors confirmed for season 2 are Peyton Reed (Ant-Man) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City). Dave Filoni and Rick Famuyiwa also return to direct from season 1, along with actor Carl Weathers. It’s recently been confirmed that Bryce Dallas Howard will return to direct an episode of The Mandalorian season 2, too. We know from the Writer’s Guild of America website that while Jon Favreau wrote most of the episodes, as expected, Filoni scripted the fifth episode, and Famuyiwa the sixth.

George Lucas has been on the show’s set, too, resulting in this amazing photo: 17, 2020

The Mandalorian season 2: Original Trilogy characters rumored to appear

According to Deadline, “Insiders have hinted that several established characters from the Skywalker saga’s feature films mythology will make appearances during the show’s sophomore season.” Jon Favreau’s release date tweet above showed a picture of a Gamorrean, one of the so-called Pig Guards from Jabba’s Palace in Return of the Jedi, but we suspect that – if this insider’s rumors are accurate – they’re referring to someone who’s a significantly bigger deal in the saga than that.

Boba Fett is likely who that Deadline report is referring to, and that’s now been confirmed, but the wording suggests multiple characters are possible. 

Luke Skywalker is unlikely to crop up away from the saga that bears his name, but there are plenty of big names in the Star Wars universe who’ll be operating around the time of The Mandalorian. It’s set five years after the destruction of the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi, after all. 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 could feasibly cross paths with the Mandalorian and Baby Yoda. 

But we’d be much more interested to see General Hux’s dad, Brendol – a former Imperial officer who was instrumental in the formation of the First Order – or even (SPOILER ALERT) Rey’s parents. Now that we know they lived in hiding – pretending to be “nobody” before giving Rey away – any new glimpses at their backstory could enhance what we learned in The Rise of Skywalker.

Perhaps most likely, however, is the reappearance of various 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 definitely operate in the same hives of scum and villainy as our friendly neighborhood Mando. 

November 3, 2020
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