The Mandalorian season 2 won't solely focus on Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal). After its successful debut year, Star Wars' first live-action TV series will be back for a second season. While fans' primary interest will be on the titular lone gunslinger and Baby Yoda, it doesn't seem like the show will be as Mando-centric as its first season was.
Disney and Lucasfilm started marketing for The Mandalorian season 2 quite late, possibly because they know that the public will tune in once new episodes drop starting next month. As the promo campaign officially begins, more information about the project is released. That includes fans' first look at the upcoming season accompanied by a lengthy feature that reveals new details with regard to what to expect from the show. That includes how the world of The Mandalorian expands beyond its main lead.
In an interview with EW as part of the publication's coverage of The Mandalorian season 2, show creator Jon Favreau revealed that the upcoming year will be bigger than its predecessor, with stories focused on other characters aside from the Mandalorian. Executive producer Dave Filoni echoes that sentiment, but also added that the core relationship will still be between Din and Baby Yoda.
Favreau: The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world. The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and hopefully we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show.
Filoni: Everything gets bigger, the stakes get higher, but also the personal story between the Child and the Mandalorian develops in a way I think people will enjoy.
Favreau: As we introduce other characters, there are opportunities to follow different storylines. The world was really captivated by Game of Thrones and how that evolved as the characters followed different storylines - that's very appealing to me as an audience member.
Favreau, Filoni, and the people involved in the show who partook in the feature were tight-lipped about the rumored additional castings for The Mandalorian season 2. Rumors have been going around that Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) and Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) are set to make their Star Wars live-action debut in the show, while the fan-favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), will also be returning. While there's no confirmation yet regarding the matter, Gina Carano, who plays Cara Dune in The Mandalorian, teased that some of these are true, while others are not. Outside of the unconfirmed new castings, Michael Biehn and Timothy Olyphant are also set to join the series.
There's nothing wrong with wanting the world of The Mandalorian to expand beyond Din Djarin, however, with only eight episodes in season 2, it's curious how they're going to effectively build on other characters without casting their main one aside. The show's first season did a great job balancing between forging new stories centering on new characters and paying homage to Star Wars history. If that format is significantly changed moving forward, it poses the risk of messing up with what they've established so far. It's also worth noting that while The Mandalorian season 1 focused heavily on Din, there's still a lot that the public doesn't know about him - something fans are hoping season 2 will rectify.