- Disney Plus will release season 2 of The Mandalorian on October 30.
- The Star Wars show is the star attraction for Disney’s streaming service.
- The new season could answer many lingering questions.
The best-known Disney Plus show is about to get a long-awaited follow-up. Disney has confirmed that season 2 of The Mandalorian will reach its streaming video service on October 30, or just under a year after the Star Wars show premiered.
The company didn’t say how many episodes will be available to start. It previously released most episodes on a week-by-week basis to discourage people from watching the whole show using a free trial.
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The creators have been quiet about the plot and cast for the new season. Rumors have circulated of some familiar Star Wars characters making appearances, including Boba Fett (reportedly played by Temuera Morrison), Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), and Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff). Jon Favreau, Robert Rodriguez, and Ant-Man‘s Peyton Reed are already confirmed to direct episodes.
This second season could answer a number of questions for fans. What are the origins of The Child (aka Baby Yoda), for example? And why does Moff Gideon have the Darksaber? Will we learn more about Mando’s history? The initial run made a habit of teasing secrets, and many are hoping for a payoff this time around.
Much is riding on the success of this show. Disney Plus was supposed to expand its marquee list of originals in 2020 with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as well as WandaVision, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced a halt to filming and otherwise delayed production. Much like in fall 2019, The Mandalorian is still Disney’s best hope for attracting Plus subscribers beyond its usual catalog of movies and conventional TV programs.
Disney Plus is also planning on launching several more Star Wars shows. They include an Obi-Wan series starring Ewan McGregor, and a prequel to Rogue One starring Diego Luna as Rebel officer Cassian Andor and Alan Tudyk as former Imperial droid K-2SO.