When Will 'The Mandalorian' Season 2 Be Released? Director Jon Favreau Reveals Details

As the season finale of The Mandalorian was released Friday, eager fans wondering when the next season of the sci-fi serial would hit screens received a big hint from the show's creator.

The Star Wars spinoff has been a huge hit for the newly launched Disney+, proving to be one of the most popular shows on any streaming platform. The final installment of the eight-episode debut season became available to subscribers Friday morning. Season 2 of the show is currently in production, having started filming in October, before the Season 1 premiere.

Shortly after Season 1 concluded, the show's creator Jon Favreau tweeted that the second season will be released in fall 2020. The exact date of the show's return is unknown. Season 1 debuted on November 12, with the launch of Disney+. A majority of episodes have been made available in weekly installments, being released to the platform on Friday mornings.

The tweet by Favreau was accompanied by a picture of a Gamorrean figure, a green creature resembling an anthropomorphized pig. The creatures notably appeared as guards for Jabba the Hutt in 1983's Return of the Jedi.

Season 2 of #TheMandalorian coming Fall 2020 pic.twitter.com/8VQYLDMQ0V

— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) December 27, 2019

The Mandalorian has been massively popular thanks in no small part to the viral success of "Baby Yoda," the small adorable creature officially known as "The Child" on the show. Viewers eager for more of the character are probably in luck, as The Child is expected to be returning to the show. Rian Johnson, the director of the 2017 Star Wars film The Last Jedi, visited the show's second season set and reported seeing the puppet used for the character.

Baby Yoda on "The Mandalorian." Lucasfilm/The Walt Disney Company

Further details about the upcoming season are scant at best. Aside from Baby Yoda, it's unknown who else could return, although it seems likely that Pedro Pascal will be returning as the title character. Carl Weathers as Greef Karga and Gina Carano as Cara Dune also seem like safe bets. Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon is another likely candidate. And based on Favreau's tweet, a new Gamorrean character would not be a surprise.

A week before The Mandalorian finale, The Rise of Skywalker was released on the big screen. The new film is said to conclude the "Skywalker saga" that began with the original Star Wars film in 1977. It is slightly underperforming at the box office and opened to mixed reviews, prompting concerns about the future of Star Wars as a film franchise. Disney is not planning another cinematic release until December 2022.

The success of The Mandalorian likely indicates a brighter future for Star Wars on the small screen. Plans for several other shows are already afoot. One involves the return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Another is based on the character of Cassian Andor, who appeared in the 2016 spin-off film Rogue One. A final season of animated series The Clone Wars, which launched in 2008, is set to debut on Disney+ in February.