The Mandalorian Season 2 is coming and I take a look back at where Season 1 left off.
The first season of The Mandalorian was a cultural and fan phenomenon and the wait for season 2 is almost over. As we countdown to season 2, it’s time to discuss what happened in season 1, how it links to other Star Wars stories and what Season 2 might have in store.
First, don’t call him Baby Yoda! Second, what else are we supposed to call him? Baby Yoda stole our hearts and imaginations when he was introduced in the first episode of The Mandalorian and his relationship with Mando is the heart of the show. Yet, we know very little about the Force sensitive, amphibian slurping tyke. Where did he come from? What’s his name? What happened to his parents? What does Moff Gideon want with him? The kid is 50 years old, which puts his birth around Anakin’s. Is there any connection?
All these questions and more surround Mando’s charge and the bounty hunter has been tasked to look after the child and return him to his people, if possible. In the meantime, we’ll see if the child starts to pick up some of Mando’s ways. After all, if Mando can’t find the kid’s family, he’ll face the challenge of training him and finding a helmet large enough for the kid!
Both Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni made their debuts in Star Wars working on The Clone Wars which heavily featured Mandalore. Show creator Favreau even provided the voice for the leader of the renegade Mandalorian Death Watch, Pre Vizsla. With these two running the show, we can be certain the story of Mandalore will be continued. The last time we saw the world was in Dave Filoni’s Rebels where the Mandalorians had successfully toppled the Imperial puppet government and forced the Empire off their planet and Bo Katan Kryze had assumed leadership along with the Darksaber.
Unfortunately, it’s all too clear this victory was short lived and the Empire’s retribution, led by Moff Gideon, was terrible. While the details of the Great Purge aren’t known, it’s obvious it was genocidal in intent with the surviving Mandalorians driven underground. What became of Bo Katan isn’t known, but the fact Gideon possesses the Darksaber makes her, and the rest of the Mandalorian leadership’s, prospects look dim. Yet, as Din Djarin shows, Mandalore isn’t a race, but an idea and so long someone holds that idea and spreads it, Mandalore can never die.
What became of the rest of the Mandalorians, particularly Bo? Who is the mysterious Armorer, what does she know and what role does she have to play in events to come? Will Mando’s tribe of two grow?
Cara Dune only appeared in three episodes and we can’t wait to see more of the Alderaanian ex-Republic shock trooper! While she and Mando appeared to part ways in the final season, we can expect her and Mando’s paths to cross in short order. Unfortunately, we can also anticipate her status as a fugitive to make trouble for Mando and his charge. Hopefully, their mutual recent experiences will lead the child to trust her and he won’t try Force choking her again!
For most of the first season, the man known as “the Client” acted as the middleman between Mando and his mysterious employer. The client employed a number of Imperial Stormtroopers with deteriorating armor giving the impression he was representing a resource starved Imperial remnant. However, the amount of beskar being offered belied this appearance and the true villain, Moff Gideon, was revealed to lead a well equipped personal army in the penultimate episode.
It’s unknown if ‘Moff’ is a self-styled rank, but he clearly was a high-ranking member of the Empire. Moff Gideon has access to considerable resources and is utterly ruthless in pursuing his goals. While Mando managed to prevent the Moff from taking the child by bringing down his personal TIE Fighter, the Moff survived and will no doubt be right behind Mando in Season 2. What Gideon wants with the child isn’t clear and will likely be a significant plot point over the course of the season.
The most tantalizing aspect of the Moff however, is his possession of the Darksaber. How he obtained it hasn’t been revealed, but he personally participated in the Great Purge of Mandalore. It’s clear he still aims to pursue the eradication of all Mandalorians and saw to the destruction of Djarin’s tribe, giving a personal angle to his and Mando’s enmity.
Teased in the final moments of the first season’s fifth episode, is the infamous bounty hunter known as Boba Fett – or at least someone wearing his armor. Whether the notorious bounty hunter really did survive the Sarlac remains to be seen, but it’s highly likely Mando and the Child will find out first-hand as Gideon pursues them.
The first season provided a sound foundation for the show and we look forward to what the second season builds on it!