The Mandalorian: Carl Weathers Teases Character's Ulterior Motives in Season 2

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
The Mandalorian logo, Mando, Carl Weathers as Greef Karga

It's understandable that most of the talk surrounding The Mandalorian Season 2 has been about the numerous guest stars that the show will feature during its sophomore run. Several rumors point to the live-action debut of Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, while the first episode of the new season saw the debut of Cobb Vanth and the return of Boba Fett. 

Despite that, The Mandalorian will still see notable characters returning from the first season such as Cara Dune, Moff Gideon, and Greef Karga. The trailers for The Mandalorian already hinted that Mando will seek the assistance of Dune and Karga from Nevarro, but details about that specific mission have yet to be revealed. On top of that, it is expected that Moff Gideon will play a much larger role this time around, especially after last season's finale confirmed the arrival of the Darksaber. 

And now, a new interview may shed some light on how one of the returning characters will fit into the overarching narrative of the second season. 


While speaking with Breakfast Television Toronto, Carl Weather teased Greef Karga's return during The Mandalorian Season 2, hinting that the character's allegiance "lies with himself."

"[Greef Karga] is back and having fun doing what he does --- being duplicitous. I know where his allegiance lies, it lies with himself."

During the interview, Weathers also revealed that he directed one of the episodes of the second season, describing it as a "magnificent" experience: 

"Directing The Mandalorian is a little different because of so much that uh, you know, our virtual sets, so you're walking through a world that when you finally see it, it's all there and it's magnificent."

When he was asked if fans will learn more about Greef Karga's backstory during Season 2, Weathers hinted that "there may be some ulterior motives" within the character's desires that will be explored further: 

"Not really, I personally like the fact that he doesn't divulge a lot about himself because I think, in some ways, the less you know, the more interested you are in knowing, and Greef plays things pretty close to the vest, so I think that we... in the episode I directed, we hint that there may be some ulterior motives in Greef's desires and what he's after you know, his goals and I personally think that's more than enough."


Carl Weathers' Greef Karga was first introduced during The Mandalorian's very first episode, acting as an agent of the Bounty Hunter's Guild. Greef Karga was first portrayed as a villainous character against Mando, but the penultimate episode of the first season changed his side after he was healed by the Force powers of Baby Yoda.

Given that, Weathers' comments about an imminent plot twist in terms of allegiance aren't surprising, especially after considering how the events of the debut season transpired. The current state of the Bounty Hunter's Guild is unknown after the events of the Season 1 finale, but it's likely that Greef Karga will look to revive the movement alongside Gina Carano's Cara Dune. 

If the duo successfully revived the Bounty Hunter's Guild, there's a strong chance that Greef Karga could return to seek his unfinished business that could put the lives of Mando, Baby Yoda, and even Dune in danger. In addition, the characters are currently unaware that Moff Gideon is still alive, and the Imperial officer's return could potentially swing Karga to his side. 

In conjunction with that, Weathers also mentioned that this reveal will happen during an episode that he directed for Season 2, and the actor joins the long list of established directors to helm The Mandalorian

All things considered, it would be heartbreaking for Greef Karga to betray Mando, but this presents an opportunity for The Mandalorian to dive into more personal and emotional storytelling. 

- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.