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The Mandalorian: Everything we know, with hints of Boba Fett's return in Season 2

Baby Yoda, Boba Fett and Bo-Katan: Here are the details about Jon Favreau's Star Wars show, which is getting a second season in October.

"This is the way." You can watch the all eight episodes of the first season of Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian on Disney Plus right now. The show introduced us to the gift that is Baby Yoda, the first three episodes of an eight-part behind-the-scenes documentary are available and Boba Fett will reportedly show up in Season 2.

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What we know about season 2?

It'll start in October 2020, Disney boss Bob Iger (who's since stepped down) said in a Feb. 4 earnings call. He also mentioned the possibility that some of the show's characters could go "in their own directions in terms of series" -- hinting that we might see some Mandalorian spinoffs down the line.

Gina Carano, who plays Cara Dune in the show, confirmed in a March 6 Instagram post that production on the season had wrapped. That timing was fortunate -- it finished up prior to the coronavirus lockdown, and Disney CEO confirmed to CNBC that "there'll be no delay,"unlike many other movies and shows.

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Rosario Dawson will reportedly play Ahsoka Tano in the second season.

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On March 20, Slashfilm reported that season 2 will see Ahsoka Tano, former Padawan of the late Anakin Skywalker, make her live action debut. She'll apparently be played by Rosario Dawson, whom you might remember playing Claire Temple in Netflix's Marvel shows.

"That's not confirmed yet but when that happens, I will be very happy. I'm very excited for that to be confirmed at some point," Dawson told Variety in April.

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Katee Sackhoff will seemingly show up in Season 2.

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Katee Sackhoff will apparently bring Bo-Katan Kryze, a Mandalorian warrior she voiced in The Clone Wars and Rebels, into live action in the second season. She shot her scenes in February, Slashfilm reported.

Bo-Katan, who played a pivotal role in the just-concluded The Clone Wars, held the Darksaber and united the clans of Mandalore in the final season of Rebels. Since those events, Moff Gideon took the weapon, but we don't know how that happened.

Michael Biehn, who played Kyle Reese in The Terminator and and Corporal Hicks in Aliens, will join the cast as a bounty hunter, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Bill Burr will apparently also reprise his role as gunslinger Mayfield, according to i09.

Directors Robert Rodriguez (known for movies including Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn and Alita: Battle Angel) and Peyton Reed (the man behind Ant-Man and its sequel) have confirmed they'll helm episodes of the second season.

"I am truly humbled to say I have now had the very rare privilege of directing the biggest star in the universe," Rodriguez wrote on Twitter, with a shot of him and Baby Yoda. 

Reed opted to reveal his participation with an image of Mando's mucky helmet and "#MayThe4thBeWithYou."

The day the season 1 finale aired, Favreau mentioned season 2 in a tweet featuring a Gamorrean -- the porcine species that served as Jabba the Hutt's guards in Return of the Jedi. So presumably that race will show up in the next batch of episodes.

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Boba Fett hasn't been seen since the events of Return of the Jedi.

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Could Boba Fett show up?

It seems like he's going to make his return in Season 2, and he'll be played by Temuera Morrison, according to The Hollywood Reporter and CNET sister site Comicbook.com. The actor previously played bounty hunter Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones, and also portrayed the clone troopers in that movie and Revenge of the Sith.

Jango was recruited by Count Dooku to serve as the genetic template for the clone army used by the Galactic Republic, as part of Darth Sidious' super convoluted plot to wipe out the Jedi. Part of Jango's payment was an unaltered clone that he could raise his son -- Boba -- but the elder Fett was killed during the Battle of Geonosis.

The younger Fett was played by Daniel Logan in Attack of the Clones and The Clone Wars CGI animated series, but The Mandalorian takes place decades later and a grown-up Boba would look identical to Jango.

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Jango Fett is dead, but there are a few clones of him running around the galaxy.

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However, Boba isn't the only person with Jango's face. Even though clone troopers were designed to age at an accelerated speed, some could still be alive. The Rebels series finale revealed that Commander Rex fought in the Battle of Endor (a few years prior to the events of The Mandalorian), while Commander Wolffe survived until at least the end of Rebels.

You might assume that Jango and Boba are Mandalorians because they wear the armor, but Mandalorian Prime Minister Almec dismissed them as pretenders during the Clone Wars. However, Almec wasn't the most trustworthy character, so all bets are off as to the Fetts' heritage.

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One of the cool subplots of the Aftermath trilogy of novels might tie into the second season.

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Fans have been clamoring for Boba's return to the Star Wars galaxy despite his fall into the maw of a hungry sarlacc in Return of the Jedi. We saw a mysterious person approach assassin Fennec Shand's body on Tatooine in the final moments of the fifth episode, with Fett's trademark spur sound effect, but the show didn't follow up on that tease on the first season.

We'll also see Timothy Olyphant -- who played gunslingers in Deadwood and Justified -- joining the cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His character will apparently wear Boba Fett's armor, Slashfilm noted in a followup report.

Chuck Wendig's Aftermath trilogy of novels -- which are set between Return of the Jedi and The Mandalorian -- saw Mandalorian armor that's heavily implied to be Boba's being recovered from the sarlacc's maw and worn by former slave Cobb Vanth. Using the armor as a symbol of power, he becomes sheriff of Freetown (a settlement on Tatooine) and offers sanctuary to anyone willing to battle the world's crime syndicates. It'd make more sense for Vanth to have been the person who inspected Shand's body in season 1, but we'll see.

Fans of the Legends material (developed in novels, comics and games prior to 2014) will recall that Boba escaped the sarlacc in that continuity and went on to become the leader of Mandalore in a very different (and non-canon) post-Return of the Jedi galaxy. 

And season 3?

It's apparently in preproduction. Favreau has been writing the show's third season "for a while," according to an April 21 Variety report, and Lucasfilm's art department has been working on concept designs for a few weeks. Production design reportedly kicked off on April 20.

What happened in season 1?

You're in luck! I wrote detailed recaps of each episode that you can use to catch up:

Chapter 1: The Mandalorian

Chapter 2: The Child

Chapter 3: The Sin

Chapter 4: Sanctuary

Chapter 5: The Gunslinger

Chapter 6: The Prisoner

Chapter 7: The Reckoning

Chapter 8: Redemption

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What's the deal with the documentary?

Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian is an eight-episode making-of series, interviews with The Mandalorian's cast and crew, new footage from the show's production and round-table conversations hosted by Favreau. Like the show proper, episodes will drop on Disney Plus each Friday.

  1. Directing: Already available
  2. Legacy: Already available
  3. Cast: Already available
  4. Technology: Already available
  5. Practical: Already available
  6. Visualization: June 5
  7. Score: June 12
  8. Connections: June 19

The titles are pretty self-explanatory, aside from the second one. It looks at George Lucas' continuing impact on Star Wars, and features a pretty amazing monologue from director Dave Filoni, who worked directly with Lucas on The Clone Wars. He'll make you think about The Phantom Menace in a whole new way.

Who's in it?

Pedro Pascal (best known for playing Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones) is the bounty hunter behind the helmet: He's a lone Mandalorian gunfighter operating in the outer reaches of the galaxy.

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Pedro Pascal is the man behind the Mandalorian's helmet.

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He's joined by a star-studded cast, but a couple of these characters didn't survive season 1:

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I dunno about you, but the sight of happy Baby Yoda immediately calms me.

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What's the deal with Baby Yoda?

This little guy captured everyone's hearts the moment he appeared in the season premiere, and we've got a whole separate guide for him. He's officially known as The Child -- we don't know his real name, race or home planet, but he can use the Force pretty effectively and the Imperial Remnant wants him.

Oh, and the most detailed version of the puppet apparently cost around $5 million.

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Mando walks away from his ship, the Razor Crest, in the show's poster.

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Why isn't this about the usual Jedi and Sith conflict?

The Star Wars underworld is a very rich storytelling environment, according to executive producer Jon Favreau. He wanted to get back to the tone of the old Western and samurai films that inspired George Lucas, and said the show is Star Wars meets Mad Max

The Mandalorian is one of four shows set in a galaxy far, far away coming to the Disney Plus streaming service. 

The seventh season of The Clone Wars started in February, and the company announced a Rogue One prequel series focusing on rebel spy Cassian Andor in 2018. And Ewan McGregor will return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a brand new show, set to start shooting in 2021.

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Who else is involved?

Directors for the first season:

Favreau, Filoni, Colin Wilson and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy are the executive producers, with Karen Gilchrist as co-executive producer.

The Mandalorian is among the first projects for ILM TV, a division of Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic visual effects company. The show's soundtrack is composed by Ludwig Göransson, who scored Black Panther, Venom and Creed II. Göransson's Black Panther score won him a Grammy and an Oscar in 2019.

Is there a bounty of Mandalorian merch for us to hunt?

Merchandise hunting is a complicated hobby, but you know you want it. Three characters from the show are represented in the six-inch Black Series -- The Mandalorian himself (along with a shiny carbonized variant), Cara Dune, IG-11, the Heavy Infantry Mandalorian (named Paz Vizla) and the Offworld Jawa. Baby Yoda will join them in spring 2020.

What's a Mandalorian?

Mandalorians are humans from the Outer Rim world of Mandalore, its moon Concordia and the planet Kalevala, whose story was largely told in The Clone Wars and Rebels.

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Sabine Wren (seen wielding the Darksaber) could appear in the show.

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Their world went through major political upheaval during the Clone Wars and early days of the Galactic Empire's rule, but many of the clans united under the rule of Bo-Katan Kryze after she took control of the Darksaber. The black-bladed weapon was created more than 1,000 years earlier by Tarre Vizsla (the first Mandalorian to join the Jedi Order) and became a symbol of leadership -- it also showed up in The Mandalorian's season 1 finale.

What other stories could they draw from?

Star Wars 1313 was a video game that got shelved when Disney shut down all projects at LucasArts -- Lucasfilm's game development group -- in 2013. We saw an impressive demo for Uncharted-style adventure before that, featuring actor Wilson Bethel (who recently hit the target in Daredevil season 3).

It would've seen players exploring the bowels of the city planet Coruscant -- the title was a reference to its grimy underworld Level 1313 (which later appeared in The Clone Wars).

After it was canceled, we found out that Boba Fett was going to be the star and that Kennedy later agreed the concept art was "unbelievable."

"So our attitude is, we don't want to throw any of that stuff away. It's gold," she told Slashfilm in 2015. "And it's something we're spending a lot of time looking at, pouring through, discussing, and we may very well develop those things further. We definitely want to."

In that same interview, Kennedy noted that Lucasfilm read through the material Lucas developed for the canceled TV show Star Wars: Underworld, which was announced in 2005 and canned in 2010 due to budget constraints. It was to be set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and would have tied into 1313.