The new EW article and covers have hit for Star Wars: The Mandalorian’s second season. The cover with The Child is really nice looking. After years of these things hitting every year, I’ve become desensitized to caring about them in a real way, however, I find myself actually wanting to own this one:
I particularly enjoyed the insight into Filoni and Favreau’s working relationship with Star Wars in the EW piece. Favreau likens the creative process to a courtroom:
“I’ll come up with ideas and sometimes Dave will say, ‘You can’t do this in Star Wars.’ Then I’ll cite examples from the movies, or Clone Wars, to try to use as a justification. I’m like a lawyer talking to a judge; I am to him as he was to George. I won’t do anything without Dave’s approval. And to his credit, he understands that Stars Wars needs to be fun and ever-evolving.”
It was pretty evident from the first season that they weren’t looking to challenge the audience in a big way. I don’t mean that as a bad thing either. It was as they said in the article, very trope heavy and easy to understand in terms of character’s relations to one another.
Favreau is quoted as saying that they “benefitted from the smallness” of their part of Star Wars. I think he’s really accurate there. I wish fans could see that even the “big stuff” is still kind of small because we have so much of it all that it’s okay for various stories to be different and take risks. That’s what made The Mandalorian so effervescent. It was able to exist on its own terms, something the Star Wars prequels are just barely about to accomplish some twenty years later.
There is a moment in the article where a lot of new potential cast members are listed, some that I broke here on MSW. But they are quick to point out that Lucasfilm did not confirm any new cast members. It wouldn’t surprise me if EW was given a wink and a nod about them though as I believe most of them are coming to the next season of The Mandalorian.
The part of the article that really got me excited:
“The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world,” says Favreau, who notes the show will expand beyond Mando-centric tales.
That has interesting connotations when Ahsoka is in the series. The Child has a trajectory with the Force. There’s a lot going on in that post-Return of the Jedi era that has so much potential and to see that from a space-cowboy-bounty-hunter’s perspective is what I was always hoping for in a series like this one.
EW also confirms (some of?) the season 2 directors:
Rick Famuyiwa, Carl Weathers (who plays bounty hunter guild chief Greef Karga on the show), franchise newcomer Robert Rodriguez(Alita: Battle Angel), and, for the first time, Favreau himself, who helmed the season premiere airing Oct. 30.
Very minor spoiler below:
A while ago, while down at the set of the second season, I spotted some AT-AT feet. Which I think this article may be hinting at when Esposito says he commands:
“a larger vehicle, hint-hint” and spend some one-on-one time with the Child