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What Are the Expectations for The Mandalorian Season 2?

July 18, 2020 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
D23 Expo 2019 - The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau, Pedro Pascal

Recently I took another run with The Mandalorian and, as some of you may know, it ages very well. With little bits and pieces coming out about Season 2, I thought we’d run through what we could expect for the upcoming season. 

Season 1 ended with Moff Gideon, the ex-Imperial officer in search of Baby Yoda, standing on top of his TIE fighter holding the Darksaber. As expected, this touched off all sorts of rumors of who and what Moff Gideon was. 
Thanks to an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Giancarlo Esposito, who plays Gideon, was asked about his character. In response, Esposito said:

“It creates the possibility that he is one of the ones. He possibly has that, and that to me is interesting because is he really that fallen hero? Is he a descendant of Darth Vader? Who is he? What does he want? He knows all about everything, and you’ll have to wait to find out.”

While we don’t have a lot to go on, this sets up a very interesting direction for Season 2. Is Moff affiliated with a Sith? Is he force sensitive? How will it tie in with Baby Yoda?

It’s certainly a strange time to be a Star Wars fan. With an onslaught of announced projects on the calendar and production at a stand still, it’s giving people plenty of time to start some outlandish rumors. Yes, I’m talking about the rumors of them wiping away the most recent trilogy. The less said about that the better.

As a totally unrelated side note, Solo deserved better than it got. 

One of the bright spots that just about everyone can agree on is The Mandalorian. Written and executive produced by Jon Favreau, it was able to balance what makes Star Wars special for long time fans and bring in new ones as well. 

Set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, it follows the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
And Baby Yoda as well. 

Plenty of callbacks and a nice added layer to Star Wars lore, The Mandalorian captured audiences attention and made Baby Yoda a pop culture phenom. It got people excited again about Star Wars and, more importantly, it got people talking about it in a positive way.

With the way the season finale wrapped, how will Season 2 follow up?