10 facts about The Mandalorian ahead of Season 2 release on Disney+

The wait is almost over – The Mandalorian season 2 will land on Disney+ from Friday, October 30.

The Mandalorian and the Child will continue their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through the dangerous galaxy.

Pedro Pascal returns as the show’s lead character, Gina Carano will return as Cara Dune, Carl Weathers ad Greef Carga and Giancarlo Esposito as the show’s enigmatic baddie Moff Gideon.

If you’re excited about The Mandalorian, here are 10 fact you need to know ahead of the Season 2 release.

1. The show’s starting point was Skywalker Ranch

Two of the creative masterminds behind The Mandalorian Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s first meeting was on George Lucas’ Skywalker ranch more than a decade ago.

Jon said: “I met Dave because I was up at the Ranch mixing the first ‘Iron Man’ movie and he was secretly working with George on ‘The Clone Wars’ before anybody had ever heard of it.

“I secretly showed him ‘Iron Man’ and he showed me ‘The Clone Wars’—and I was blown away. I was like, ‘If you ever need a voice on this, I’d love to do it.’

“That eventually turned into me playing a Mandalorian named Pre Vizsla on his show. That was the start of our history of working together.”

2. Pedro Pascal had no idea he was in line for lead role

When Pedro Pascal had his first meeting about The Mandalorian, he had no idea he was in line for the lead role.

He met executive producers Jon and Dave in a room with wall-to-wall displays of artwork for The Mandalorian.

Pascal said: “I asked them, ‘Well, what role do I have to audition for? This creature? This robot? What? They looked confused and said, ‘You’re the Mandalorian.’ It was exciting.”

3. The Mandalorian is filled with secret Star Wars Easter Eggs

There are tons of secret Easter Eggs for Star Wars fans to enjoy, so make sure your eyes are peeled.

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Jon said: “We wanted to make sure that if you were watching and you know Star Wars then you will be rewarded. And this is where Dave has been a treasure trove of information.

“We tried different ways to work stuff in, whether it’s humorously by making a reference to Life Day, or a reference to a prop that has been appreciated by a core group of fans over time.

"It’s been exciting to put these little Easter eggs into the story; it rewards the people who’ve been putting the time in over the years since they were kids growing up with it.”

4. The Mandalorian is made for life-long Star Wars fans – and newcomers

The beauty of The Mandalorian is that you don’t need to know anything about Star Wars to enjoy it.

But it was the storytellers’ mission for the show to appeal to both newcomers and hardcore Star Wars fans.

Dave said: “If you know that Mandalorians are notoriously the greatest warriors in the galaxy and they’ll fight you to prove it, then that will go a long way.

“You’ll seem smarter at the start, but you don’t need to know Star Wars lore.”

5. Carl Weathers has a directing role in Season 2

When Carl Weathers signed up for the show as Greef Karga, he didn’t expect to have much screen time.

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Jon said: “We roped him in. It started off with, ‘Hey, maybe you’ll do a few episodes.’ And then it turned into, ‘You know, we really like your character…’

“We worked him into the show a lot more than he agreed to do. And now, in season two, he’ll be directing for us.”

6. Pedro Pascal wants the main character to be relatable

There’s a unique sense of humanity in Pedro Pascal’s portrayal of the lead character, Din Djarin.

Pedro said: “I love the opportunity I’ve been given to make him as human and as accessible as possible.”

“That’s a strange thing to say because it’s impossible to get to him; he’s covered in armour from head to toe. And yet, the idea is that he’s relatable.

“In a way, we’re all covered in our own armour. And we’re all terrified of taking that armour off. That’s the thing that crosses him over into a character that we’re all going to want to follow.”

7. Werner Herzog was brought into the show by Jon Favreau

Famed movie director Werner Herzog will step in front of the camera to play the mysterious role of The Client in “The Mandalorian”—and he blames it all on Jon Favreau.

He said: “Let’s face it, it’s Jon Favreau who got me into the mess. I knew within less than sixty seconds that this was going to be big, because I saw the universe, I saw the costumes and I saw the spacecraft.

“Secondly, when Jon explained a little bit about the character to me, I knew it was going to be easy. I enjoyed every single moment of it.”

8. Star Wars creator George Lucas visited The Mandalorian set

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Jon explained: “It was a very special day when George Lucas came to visit.

“The cast were on set that day, but George really came by to see Dave. He didn’t say it in front of Dave, because he didn’t want to embarrass him, but I could see that George was very proud that Dave was moving on to the next step.

“George discovered Dave, and they ended up working together for 10 years on ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars.’ They have a long relationship and understanding of filmmaking; of Star Wars.

“And now, Dave has taken the next step into live-action directing. I think that’s a big reason George was there.”

9. Pedro Pascal was given movie references before stepping into the role

When Pedro was preparing for the role as the Mandalorian, he was given a number of movie references to watch.

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He explained: “I asked Jon Favreau, ‘What should I be looking at?’”

“He immediately brought up Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone with movies like ‘Yojimbo’ and ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.’ For that reason, the [character of the] Mandalorian is very samurai, Clint [Eastwood] to me.”

10. The creative team’s artwork is on display in every episode

Thankfully, the jaw-dropping concept art for The Mandalorian hasn’t been locked away in a secret vault, and is instead on display in every episode.

Jon explained: “We have included some of the artwork at the end of the show.

“Each week, you see some of the images in the end credits.”

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