“Wherever I go, he goes.” The bond between Din Djarin, otherwise known as the titular star of Disney’s The Mandalorian, and “The Child” — otherwise known as Baby Yoda, is strong. Two nomads of mystique, joined together by fate in the first season of Jon Favreau’s Disney+ series, have become a cultural phenomenon — and now they’re back.
Having already announced that the anticipated second season of the show will premiere on the streaming platform on Oct. 30, Disney has now followed up that exciting news with an official trailer for the new season. Once again bathed in a layer of intrigue, “Mando” and his tiny companion look like they’ll be avoiding capture at the hands of many disparate characters throughout the expanded Star Wars universe once again, their connection stronger than ever.
Here’s the trailer:
Here’s the official synopsis of the second season, per Disney’s description:
The Mandalorian and the Child continue their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire. “The Mandalorian” stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito. Directors for the new season include Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Carl Weathers, Peyton Reed and Robert Rodriguez. Showrunner Jon Favreau serves as executive producer along with Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson, with Karen Gilchrist serving as co-executive producer.
Entertainment Weekly previewed the new season in a first-look feature last week, 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.”
See you on Oct. 30!