'The Mandalorian' Season 2: Release Date, Gamorreans and Everything Else We Know

Filming on The Mandalorian Season 2 was underway even before every episode of the series' first season started streaming on Disney Plus. On November 13, just one day after The Mandalorian's first episode, "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian," premiered on the streaming service, creator Jon Favreau shared a photo from the set of Season 2. But how much do we really know about the upcoming adventures of Din Djarin, more often known as the Mandalorian?

What is The Mandalorian Season 2 Release Date?

While an exact date has yet to be announced for The Mandalorian Season 2's streaming debut on Disney Plus, Favreau announced on social media that new episodes will premiere in Fall 2020.

Who are the Gamorreans?

That announcement came paired with a reveal: a photo of an alien maquette, presumably a character or Star Wars species set to appear in the upcoming season. The alien pictured is a Gamorrean, the pig-like species introduced in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. The Gamorreans have made numerous appearances since, in comics and animated series like Star Wars: The Clone Wars. However, a live-action version of the race has yet to appear in Star Wars movies or the first season of The Mandalorian.

Gamorreans hail, appropriately enough, from the planet Gamorr in the Outer Rims. Raised in a society of warlord-lead clans, offworld Gamorreans are often mercenaries or guards, as they appear in Jabba the Hutt's palace on Tatooine. They are dirty and dumb, more like barbarian fantasy orcs than spacefaring science fiction characters.

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A Gamorrean guard aboard Jabba the Hutt's desert skiff. Lucasfilm

Favreau gives no indication of this particular Gamorrean's role in The Mandalorian, but it would be a natural enemy for the Mandalorian Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), or the series could subvert the Gamorrean's low reputation and give us a more fully fleshed-out portrayal.

But why would Favreau use a Gamorrean to announce The Mandalorian Season 2 release date?

One possibility is that the season is hinting at a plot element from upcoming episodes, perhaps having to deal with the fallen Hutt Cartel, which was thrown into chaos after Princess Leia strangled Jabba to death, approximately five years before the events of The Mandalorian. Which leads us to our next big question about the upcoming season...

What is the plot of The Mandalorian Season 2?

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The Armorer and The Mandalorian discussed "the Way" in Episode 3 Disney

While nothing official about the plot of The Mandalorian Season 2 has been revealed, the final episode of the first season, "Chapter 8: Redemption," describes the path forward. During the episode, the Mandalorian Din Djarin has a final meeting with the Armorer (Emily Swallow), the blacksmith for the Mandalorian enclave on the planet Nevarro. She makes explicit what honor demands of the Mandalorian, describing Din Djarin and Baby Yoda as of the same clan and telling him, "Until it is of age or reunited with its own kind, you are as its father. This is the way."

The Mandalorian Season 2 will continue Din Djarin's search for Baby Yoda's homeworld: a mystery as old as Yoda himself (or, at least, the character).

"I never really figured out where he came from," Star Wars creator George Lucas said, in an interview timed to the release of 2005's Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. "What his species is called, it doesn't even have a name. Maybe it's somewhere, but I don't know what it is."

While The Mandalorian Season 2 will undoubtedly continue the hunt, there's no guarantee the episodes premiering in 2020 will have a final answer for us either.

The Mandalorian Season 2 Cast

Beyond Pascal, the Mandalorian himself, no returning characters have been confirmed for The Mandalorian Season 2. But with the Mandalorian determined to find Baby Yoda's homeworld, we can be sure the tiny Force wielder will be back. Several other characters also survived the series' first season and will likely make a Season 2 appearance, including Carl Weathers as Bounty Hunters' Guild agent Greef Karga, who hinted on social media that he'll be back for upcoming episodes:

Gina Carano as former Rebel Alliance shock trooper Cara Dune is also likely to return in the coming season. And considering the first season of The Mandalorian ends on series villain Moff Gideon (and the reveal that he wields a Mandalorian Darksaber), it's a safe bet Giancarlo Esposito will also return for Season 2.

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Moff Gideon in "The Mandalorian." Disney+

In addition to returning characters, The Mandalorian Season 2 is also likely to further tie itself into the wider Star Wars mythos by showcasing known characters. According to Deadline, who cited anonymous sources, "several established characters from the Skywalker saga's feature films mythology" will be appearing in the second season.

The Mandalorian Season 2 Episodes

The first season of The Mandalorian was eight episodes, setting a likely template for the series' future, even if an exact episode count has yet to be confirmed. We do, however, know one of the directors of the new season. Favreau has confirmed that Weathers will be taking on behind-the-camera duties in The Mandalorian Season 2, directing at least one episode. Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has also expressed interest in The Mandalorian, though his involvement is far from official at this stage.

With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in theaters and The Mandalorian Season 1 complete, there's likely to be a number of Star Wars announcements in the first few months of 2020. We may not know much about The Mandalorian Season 2 now, but expect that to change.

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