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Star Wars series The Mandalorian is set to return to Disney+ on October 30. The streaming service’s first major series premiered in the fall of 2019 with eight episodes, and eight more will be released through December 18. Lucasfilm already announced plans for a third season whose production began in April.

The first live-action series in the Star Wars expanded universe, The Mandalorian takes place approximately five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, focusing on a bounty hunter named Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal, Game of Thrones) and his adventures beyond the reaches of the New Republic. Jon Favreau (the live action The Lion King), who served as showrunner for Season One, returns for the new season, and wrote or co-wrote six of the eight new episodes. He also directed the premiere.

As thrilled as fans were to watch Star Wars on a weekly basis in their homes, the show’s popularity exploded with the premiere of “The Child,” better known as Baby Yoda. The relationship between The Mandalorian and his super-powered charge provided both lots of levity and plenty of adventure.

In addition to Pascal and his animatronic companion, Season Two features the return of Cara Dune (Gina Carano) and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), as well as a handful of new characters and special guests: Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens) plays another bounty hunter; Kate Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) plays Bo-Katan Kryze, the former ruler of Mandalore; and Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood) plays Cobb Vanth, a former slave who acquires Boba Fett’s Mandalorian armor.

Vanth is a character from a series of Star Wars novels, and an indicator of the show’s efforts to integrate mythologies from different franchise properties. He joins Rosario Dawson (Death Proof) as Ahsoka Tano, one of the most important characters from the Clone Wars animated series, shown for the first time here in live action. And perhaps most excitingly, Temuera Morrison will reprise his role from the Star Wars prequel Attack of the Clones playing Boba Fett, the infamous bounty hunter whose popularity – and iconic look – inspired many details in The Mandalorian.

With the feature films pausing to regroup after the end of the Skywalker saga, The Mandalorian offers a welcome stopgap for fans needing a Star Wars fix. Thankfully, they have not one but two seasons ahead of them.

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