The Mandalorian season 2 is very close to its release on Disney+, being set to stream on October 30, 2020. Star Wars released a few bits of marketing material to tide fans over without giving away too much about the upcoming season.
A new poster was unveiled for the show, depicting The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda on a speeder bike. Cardboard standees gave full looks at the new outfits for several supporting characters, including Greef Karga and Cara Dune.
While the world is gearing up for the imminent second season, that doesn't mean that the season that started it all isn't getting its own fair share of attention. A mini-documentary was posted online by Star Wars, going into detail about the miniature models used for the show's vehicles, particularly the Razor Crest. Artwork from The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian was previously shown off, depicting a backpack for Din Djarin to carry The Child around in.
A new piece of concept art has been revealed from The Mandalorian season 1, matching a scene from the show almost perfectly...
Found by Johnamarie Macías on Twitter, new concept art from the first season of The Mandalorian has been revealed from New York Comic Con Metaverse 2020. The artwork comes from the upcoming book The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian, written by Lucasfilm's Creative Art Manager Phil Szostak.
The concept art depicts a young Din Djarin being saved by the Mandalorian group, Death Watch.
Szostak spoke a bit about what he wanted to achieve when writing The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian:
"I really wanted to show Jon [Favreau] and Dave [Filoni]'s journey to making The Mandalorian, which is something I don't often have time to or I'm able to cover in the previous books."
About the artwork itself, Szostak talked about the importance that the piece holds in speaking to the themes of the series:
"It's a really beautiful piece, and I think it encapsulates the show because it shows that Din Djarin, when he was young, needed to be rescued in the same way that the Child does in the present day."
The concept art looks almost identical to the scene in The Mandalorian, demonstrating the importance that concept artwork has in defining the final look of the series. As Szostak points out, this moment serves to show the parallels between Din Djarin's childhood and Baby Yoda's current circumstances.
Din Djarin grew up needing to be saved, but has since learned from this and grown into the protector role. Din sees himself in The Child, wanting to ensure that he is granted safety as he was during the Clone Wars.
The Mandalorian set somewhat of a precedent for Star Wars, being the first entry to use proper flashbacks. While The Force Awakens saw a brief moment of Rey's past in a vision, The Mandalorian was the first time that a Star Wars entry veered from a strictly linear mode of storytelling. The decision to break tradition could indicate that the series will continue to feature flashbacks moving forward, delving more into Din Djarin's mysterious backstory.
The Mandalorian returns for season 2 on Disney+ on October 30, 2020.