The hype surrounding the second season of The Mandalorian dialed up even further after a slew of new images surfaced online. The new batch of photos from the series shows the return of familiar characters, and it appears that they will be in the midst of another captivating mission when fans next see them on the small screen.
Moreover, The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau shared several interesting tidbits ahead of the premiere of the second season. Favreau revealed an amusing story of the visit of Star Wars creator George Lucas on the set of the show while also admitting that this upcoming season is "about introducing a larger story in the world."
And now, another notable piece of information has been unveiled straight from the show's lead star.
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal bared that the upcoming season will "start very directly" after the events of the season 1 finale while also teasing that Din Djarin is "going into very dangerous territory."
“We start very directly after the first [season] and he's going into very dangerous territory. He is very much a passenger to the experience in unexpected ways — not knowing what’s to come, not knowing how much or how best to protect the Child. We don’t know how far he will go to do that, and they’re finding new ways to push the envelope.”
Pascal pointed out that the motivations of Mando will be tested throughout the second season, with the character "discovering the question" of "What do you want?"
The Mandalorian director Dave Filoni also chimed in by saying that the character's motivations "isn't clear to him or me," and it will be "surprising how they do react."
Pascal: “On a moment-to-moment basis, he’s discovering that question: ‘What do you want?’”
Dave Filoni: “That isn’t clear to him, or to me. We think we know how the characters are going to react, and it can be surprising how they do react.”
WHAT THIS MEANS
Based on Pascal's reveal, it appears that at least the first set of episodes of The Mandalorian season 2 will shy away from the time jump element that was predominant during the debut season.
During the first season, the presence of time jumps weren't entirely addressed in-universe, but it was clear during the latter half that so much time had passed throughout the adventures of Din Djarin and The Child. This was evident during the seventh episode of the inaugural season, which shows how Kuill took some time in fixing IG-11 and by pointing out that Baby Yoda hadn't changed much since their last encounter. It remains to be seen if the second season will still include time jumps, but the relentless pursuit of Moff Gideon to regain The Child should signify that there will be less fast forwards this time around.
Meanwhile, Pascal's remarks about the motivations of Mando on how to move forward with protecting The Child should serve as an interesting character arc that will surely be explored during this season. It seems that there will come at a time that Mando needs to balance between the Code and protecting Baby Yoda, and there's a chance that the rumored presence of Boba Fett or even Moff Gideon could come into conflict with that ordeal.
Regardless, the dynamic of Mando and The Child will still be the main focus this season, and fans can't wait to find out how the looming threats will come to shake the relationship of the characters once again.