Warning: contains spoilers for season 1 of The Mandalorian.
The new season will mark the very welcome return of the Mandalorian, a bounty hunter called Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), as he continues to do everything in his power to protect The Child, an infant of the same alien species as Star Wars favourite Yoda, who he was originally paid to retrieve.
As would be expected with any Star Wars project, the new season is shrouded in the utmost levels of secrecy.
Nonetheless, the release of the trailer for season 2 last month provided some clue as to what we can expect over the next couple of months as the eight episodes are made available to Disney Plus subscribers on a weekly basis.
We can – undoubtedly – look forward to plenty of gunslinging, an excessive amount of mentions the Mandalorians’ motto ‘this is the way’ and constant cuteness overload courtesy of Baby Yoda, as The Child has become affectionately known.
As we prepare for the first episode to be released, written and directed by The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau, here are our predictions for season 2.
Baby Yoda’s powers grow significantly
In the first season of The Mandalorian, it quickly became apparent that The Child was a significantly powerful Force-sensitive being, despite his young age (50 years old, in Yoda’s species, is considered young).
While many may have suspected he had powers from the get-go, his powers were confirmed in the second episode of the show.
In the scene, The Child saves the Mandalorian from a horned beast by stopping the creature in its tracks as it is charging towards the bounty hunter, by simply lifting his hand, his eyes shut in concentration.
On several occasions when Baby Yoda is shown using his telekinetic powers, it becomes apparent that doing so is extremely exhausting for him, with the infant requiring rest afterwards.
We would assume that the new season will show Baby Yoda’s powers strengthening. Who knows what the youngster is capable of, especially considering the power of his namesake?
The Child is reunited with his own kind
In the trailer for season 2 of The Mandalorian, Din can be heard talking about The Child with the Armorer (Emily Swallow), another member of his Mandalorian tribe.
‘Show me the one whose safety deemed such destruction,’ the Armorer says, before adding: ‘You must reunite it with its own kind.’
When the Mandalorian asks the Armorer where he must go to reunite Baby Yoda with his species, she adds: ‘This you must determine.’
Considering the emphasis that is placed on this quest in the trailer, we could assume – or hope – that season 2 will see the appearance of fellow members of the mysterious alien species to which The Child belongs.
In addition to Yoda, another member of his species, Jedi Master Yaddle, was featured in the first film of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, The Phantom Menace.
Could this mean that all members of The Child’s species are Force-sensitive? Right now, that’s what we’re thinking.
Moff Gideon makes a dastardly comeback
Despite only making his first on-screen appearances in the final two episodes of The Mandalorian season 1, Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), a former officer in the Galactic Empire’s Imperial Security Bureau, proved a menacing addition to the cast.
While it was a sinister individual called The Client (Werner Herzog) for whom the Mandalorian initially collected The Child, Gideon was actually the one behind the scenes who sought the powerful youngster.
At the very end of the season, the Mandalorian and Gideon engage in a fight mid-air, the bounty hunter shooting up in his jetpack and Gideon zipping around in his TIE fighter.
Eventually, the TIE fighter crashes to the ground, insinuating that Gideon has perished. But of course, this isn’t the case, as we later see him emerge from the wreckage, wielding the Darksaber, a unique, ancient, black-bladed lightsaber.
The other day, Giancarlo teased his character’s comeback, with Gideon confirmed to be playing a significant role in season 2.
‘My character, Moff Giddeon, is the warden of the galaxy. He is a remnant of the Imperial Empire and he is still searching for his quarry, which we hope he will find,’ the actor told Good Morning America. Sounds promising.
Tie-ins with the wider Star Wars universe
While fans of The Mandalorian can’t wait to see their favourite characters return (did we mention Baby Yoda is the cutest creature in history?), there is also plenty to look forward to in terms of new additions to the cast.
In the trailer for the new season, the titular character says that he’s on the lookout for help from other Mandalorians to help him keep The Child safe.
This could mean that more bounty hunters will be welcomed into the fold – the most famous of which is, of course, Boba Fett.
The Mandalorian is set five years after Return of the Jedi, the third film in the original trilogy, which came out in 1983 and saw Boba Fett supposedly fall to his death.
However, it’s been reported that Boba Fett will be shown very much alive in season 2, played by Temuera Morrison, who previously portrayed Boba Fett’s father, Jango Fett, in the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
Earlier this month, it was confirmed that Daredevil star Rosario Dawson had been cast as Ahsoka Tano in the new series, a protagonist from the animated Star Wars television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, marking the first time the character will be seen in live-action.
It’s also been rumoured that Santa Clarita star Timothy Olyphant has joined the cast, while WWE star Sasha Banks, who was spotted in the season 2, will star in an undisclosed role.
In the trailer for season 2, the Mandalorian is told by the Armorer that in the past, Mandalore the Great fought against ‘an order of sorcerers called Jedi’, who the Mandalorian then describes as ‘a race of enemy sorcerers’.
Whether or not the Mandalorian will view the Jedi as friend or foe remains to be seen.
However, hopefully this is a clear indication that the new season will tie in even further with the Star Wars universe as the Mandalorian comes into contact with more Force-sensitive beings.
The Madalorian season 2 returns to Disney Plus on October 30.
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