‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 Sneak-Peek Promises More Action and, Of Course, More Baby Yoda/’The Child’

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On Oct. 30, Disney+ will premiere the second season of The Mandalorian, its runaway success story/original series based in the Star Wars universe and featuring Baby Yoda — or “The Child,” as the lil’ guy is actually referred to officially.

The news was announced last week and came with rapturous applause around the internet, where Baby Yoda/The Child has become a cultural phenomenon:

Of course, now that “The Child” is arguably more popular than the show itself, you’d best believe the upcoming season will feature many more adventures with the adorable little creature and Din Djarin, or “Mando,” the show’s titular bounty hunter/nomad played by Pedro Pascal.

Entertainment Weekly previewed the new season in a first-look feature shared on Tuesday, and showrunner Jon Favreau promised more in the development of the adventures of Baby Yoda and Mando:

“The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world,” says Favreau. “The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and hopefully we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show.” Adds Filoni, “Everything gets bigger, the stakes get higher, but also the personal story between the Child and the Mandalorian develops in a way I think people will enjoy.”

Moff Gideon, played by Giancarlo Esposito (the menacing drug kingpin Gustavo Fring on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul), popped up toward the end of the first season and looks to be a principal villain character in the upcoming second chapter:

Mando and the Child are pursued by Gideon, who will serve as a source of temptation, in the classic tradition of Star Wars villains trying to lure heroes down darker paths. “I’ll be going toe-to-toe with Mando,” says Esposito, who was nominated for an Emmy for his first-season performance. “It’s an iconic battle. I want to disarm him mentally as well. Who knows? Maybe there’s an opportunity to get him to fight some battles for me. You may think I’m a villain, but I’m trying to harness some energy and some powers for a path that could be best for all. You’ll get to see him be somewhat diplomatic and more of a manipulator.”

As for the development of The Child in the program’s script and story line, there’s this from the EW piece discussing how delicately the decision was made to bring such a creature to life, given the reverence of the original Yoda to the Star Wars canon:

Favreau’s original mad-brilliant conception of the Child as a key character was one of his earliest discussions with Filoni, and the idea at first seemed like a truly radical and perhaps heretical notion. “When he brought up in the very beginning of doing this child and having it be of Yoda’s species, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s very tricky, because there’s never been this before outside of Yoda, and then Yaddle in the prequels on the Jedi Council. It’s kind of a sacred thing … We just have to be responsible when we’re telling a story with what we’re deciding to do. The fans want to know things are a calculated, careful decision. Then if you tell a good story, most of the time they go with it.”

Due to the furor of attention thrown at The Child, the puppet became the talk of the set, and everybody — even Esposito, who is known for portraying cruel, calculating villain-types — couldn’t get enough on-set:

“Then by season 2, even on a show full of celebrity talent, when guests visited the set, nobody was a bigger draw then the green 16-inch puppet. “Last season, the Child was on set and we weren’t sure with the puppet if we would even use much of it — and it turned out, we used a lot of it,” Filoni says. “But in season 2, he was the biggest thing on the set. There was a total shift around him. Everybody liked him before, but he wasn’t quite the celebrity that he was in season 2. This time, he was quite a big deal.” Adds Esposito: “Even as a puppet, you can’t walk by the Child without having an interaction, because it’s so very sweet and innocent.”

See you on Oct. 30!


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