After it was reported last week that The Mandalorian Season 2 production had somehow emerged unscathed from the global pandemic, and would be staying true to its October 30 release date, Disney have now put the show’s fans in a mild frenzy with the first official trailer.
As well as the return of Pedro Pascal’s Mandalorian and the Force sensitive Child, it appears the show’s writers have chosen the second season to hook this arch directly into a main artery of the broader Star Wars universe. For starters, an ominous dialogue confirms The Mandalorian will spend at least some of the season hunting down the Jedi, who are more acquainted to The Mandalorian’s as “a race of enemy sorcerers” which, if you know your Star Wars lore, is entirely fair.
Then, we see the protagonist on what appears to be the frozen planet of Ilum which is more than just a Hoth analog, but the planet where the Jedi find the kyber crystals that power their lightsabers. It’s also where The Empire harvested the same crystals for both the Death Star I and Death Star II AND *takes breath* where The First Order built their planet-sized Starkiller Base we see in the sequel films.
Per The Mandalorian’s canon, Starkiller Base should be well and truly under construction, so while it would seem unlikely that any Jedi worth their salt would be there, if there was anywhere in the galaxy they would be hiding, it’s Ilum.
The planet was also a key plot point in the recent Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order video game, and much like the game, The Mandalorian season 2 trailer features Mongolian throat singing, though it’s unclear yet if it was also provided by The Hu.
The trailer also hints at a return to Tatooine, with shots of mounted Tuskan Raiders staring precariously into the sky, X-Wings, hinting at some entanglement with The Rebels and given everything is pure speculation at this point, we type the next words with caution…But was that Boba Fett we just saw?
What is for sure is that we can most likely expect more questions than answers from Season 2, given that showrunner Jon Favreau has already confirmed writing for 3 has been underway for some time.