"Mandalorian, look outside, they're waiting for you." The wait is over -- you can watch the Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series on right now. The show's title has deep roots in the franchise's history, with links to bounty hunter , and introduced us to the gift that is (subject of and ).of
We got the first episode on Nov. 12 with the launch ofin the US, Canada and the Netherlands, and new episodes dropped roughly once a week until Dec. 27.
Disney Plus won't be launching in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and Germany until, but the whole season will presumably be available in those regions that day.
Are we getting a Season 2?
Yes we are! On the day the Return of the Jedi.aired, Favreau confirmed that The Mandalorian will return for a second season in fall 2020 with tweet featuring a Gamorrean -- the porcine species who served as Jabba the Hutt's guards in
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
Who's in it?
Pedro Pascal (best known for playing Game of Thrones) is the bounty hunter behind the helmet: He's a lone Mandalorian gunfighter operating in the outer reaches of the galaxy.in
He's joined by a star-studded cast, but a couple of these characters didn't survive season 1:
- Gina Carano as ex-Rebel Alliance shock trooper Cara Dune
- Carl Weathers as bounty hunter boss Greef Carga
- Taika Waititi as assassin droid IG-11
- Werner Herzog as the Imperial Client
- Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon
- Emily Swallow as the Mandalorian Armorer
- Omid Abtahi as Dr. Pershing
- Nick Nolte as Kuiil
- Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand
- Julia Jones as Omera
- Jake Cannavale as Toro Calican
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 gotfor him. 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.
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 Mandalorian is one of four shows set in a galaxy far, far away coming to the Disney Plus streaming service.
The company announced theover the summer and a focusing on rebel spy Cassian Andor in 2018. And Ewan McGregor will in a brand new show, set to start shooting in 2020.
Who else is involved?
Directors for the first season:
- Dave Filoni -- and Rebels creator helmed the first and fifth episodes, making the jump into live action for the first time.
- Rick Famuyiwa -- The Dope director led the second and sixth episodes.
- Deborah Chow -- Directed Jessica Jones and Better Call Saul. She handled episodes three and seven (and the upcoming Obi-Wan show).
- Bryce Dallas Howard -- Better known for her acting but she's directed shorts including Soulmates. She directed episode four.
- Taika Waititi -- Directed , and helmed the eighth episode of The Mandalorian.
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 , who scored , and Creed II. Göransson's Black Panther score won him and 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) and the Offworld Jawa. Baby Yoda will 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.
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. 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 .
You probably associate bounty hunters Boba Fett and Jango Fett with the term because they wear the cool armor, but they aren't true Mandalorians. Jango once claimed to be from Concord Dawn, a Mandalorian world, but the government considered him (and by extension, his cloned son Boba) to be pretenders.
Could Boba Fett show up?
Fns 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, but there's been no indication that will happen and he didn't show up in season 1.
Fans of the Legends material (developed in) 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.
In canon, Chuck Wendig's Aftermath trilogy of novels saw Mandalorian armor that's heavily implied to be Boba's being recovered from the pit 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.
What other stories could they draw from?
Star Wars 1313 was a video game that got shelved when Disney actor Wilson Bethel (who recently ).-- Lucasfilm's game development group -- in 2013. We saw an impressive demo for -style adventure before that, featuring
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).
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.
Originally published Nov. 14, 2018, and updated regularly.