The first two seasons of The Mandalorian are being told in chapter intervals, with eight chapters per season. For a show with such limited episode-count, The Mandalorian has had some surprisingly low runtimes over the course of its 13 chapters so far: both "Chapter 2: The Child" and "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger" each clocked in at around 30 minutes.
Season two has seen the length of the episodes increase overall. "Chapter 9: The Marshal" and "Chapter 13: The Jedi" ran for 52 and 45 minutes, respectively. The varied runtimes have kept fans expecting the unexpected each week. The same goes for this Friday's episode, as it looks like we will be getting one of our most drastic runtime shifts from consecutive episodes yet.
The runtime for Chapter 14 has reportedly been revealed by FSK via Gamesrdar . They are reporting that the currently untitled Chapter 14 will run for 32 minutes, the shortest of Season 2 thus far. FSK recently predicted the exact length of Chapter 13 correctly.
WHAT THIS MEANS
If this runtime turns out to be accurate, don't expect as much dialogue and exposition this week. In Chapter 13, the audience had a lot of catching up to do with a certain lightsaber-weilding Togruta . This week, we will be off again with our faux father-son duo across the galaxy in a compact, surely action-filled episode.
With this being the third to last chapter of the season, expect the main plot through-line with lead-antagonist Moff Gideon to be teased more leading to a climactic season finale. In season 1, the final episode ran for 43 minutes, and featured some of the best fighting, sacrifices, and reveals of the entire series. Don't be surprised to see another sub-40 minutes episode next week, as this season has already given us two very long chapters by Mandalorian standards.
Look out for these inconsistent runtimes to cross-over with other upcoming Disney+ shows like WandaVision beginning on January 15 . It's become clear Disney, among other streaming services, want their creators to have the freedom to tell stories in any length that deem fitting. This will be especially interesting for the already upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi mini-series coming to Disney+, starring Ewan McGregor.