The wait is over – Disney+ have officially confirmed that the second season of The Mandalorian will premiere on October 30th. All those strange people who got a bit too obsessed with baby Yoda will be happy to finally see their child again.
The Mandalorian has been a serious hit for Disney+, bringing in massive popular and critical acclaim even as the actual Star Wars films hit the doldrums – as such finally justifying the $4 billion price tag which Disney had to fork out to buy up Lucasfilm. A short time into its first run, it had already become enough of a success that Disney Studios’ co-chairman and chief creative officer Alan Horn was suggesting that The Mandalorian, itself a spin-off of a film, might see its own film spin-off.
And the spin-off fun doesn’t stop there: Disney still has three further streaming projects in the works, one based on Obi-Wan Kenobi (with Ewan McGregor confirmed to reprise the role), one based on Rebel spy Cassian Andor, and one which is still only known as ‘untitled female-centric series‘ – which, with Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland stapled on as showrunner, could not more clearly be a shameless attempt to appeal to that demographic. These are tentatively supposed to be coming out over the next couple of years, though their production has presumably been hampered by the coronavirus.
Given the curious dynamic we’ve seen so far, where the side-projects – The Mandalorian, Rogue One, the still-fondly remembered Clone Wars animated show – have been much better received than the films which are supposed to be the core of the franchise, there is a distinct possibly The Mandalorian and its streaming siblings could end up victims of their own success. The strive for perfection of the sequel trilogy was all too clearly trying to please everyone, and as such ended up pleasing no-one. The side-projects, by contrast, had greater creative latitude, but who’s to say how long that will last?
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