The Mandalorian is filled with exciting characters, and the cast will only get bigger with the already confirmed arrival of Season 3. During its debut season, the hit Star Wars show relied heavily on its two lead stars, Din Djarin and the highly popular Baby Yoda, but the inclusion of other characters such as Cara Dune, Greef Karga, and Moff Gideon helped the show to create a compelling narrative.
Season 2 took it up a notch by reintroducing fan-favorite established characters such as Ahsoka Tano, Bo-Katan, and Boba Fett. These characters were more than just glorified cameos, since their additions were done naturally in order to progress the main story of the show.
Aside from that, Season 2 also featured returning characters from the show's successful debut season such as Bill Burr's Migs Mayfeld and Ming-Na Wen's Fennec Shand. The latter's return is intriguing since the character is slowly turning into one of the core protagonists of the show. And now, Wen addressed the character's future in a recent interview.
In an interview with StarWars.com, The Mandalorian star Ming-Na Wen confirmed that she will voice Fennec Shand in the upcoming The Bad Batch animated series. Along with the reveal, Wen shared more interesting tidbits about the character, while also promising that an exciting new chapter awaits for Fennec down the line:
"She’s cutting her teeth as a bounty hunter in The Bad Batch…She’s still a loner, a drifter…. There’s just a sense of more recklessness about her, just bravado. You know, a young punk. She’s more adventurous and willing to take greater risks because she doesn’t know what the consequences are.”
WHAT THIS MEANS
The world-building of Star Wars on Disney+ is expanding, and Wen's comment indicates that she will serve as a huge part of that new chapter.
Fennec's arrival on The Bad Batch could provide a platform for the character's backstory to be showcased. In a way, this makes narrative sense since The Mandalorian didn't really focus on Fennec's history as an assassin. Now that the character will be prominently featured in The Bad Batch, it looks like Fennec's “recklessness” will be pushed to the forefront, ultimately setting the stage for her eventual arrival in the Jon Favreau-created Disney+ show.
As for the character's future, the story possibilities are endless given the fact that The Mandalorian is slowly building its own interconnected universe of stories in the Outer Rim. Two spinoffs in the form of Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic will arrive soon, and there's a good chance that Fennec will be involved in either of those shows.
It's also possible that Fennec will be involved with the rumored Boba Fett prequel offshoot from The Mandalorian, and this could further flesh out the events that happened during the aftermath of “The Gunslinger” from Season 1.
All in all, it's safe to say that Fennec Shand is here to stay, and it will be interesting to find out how the character will be used in the expansive storyline of Star Wars.