Is ‘The Mandalorian’ Becoming Too ‘Cluttered’?

Season two of The Mandalorian has been nothing if not action-packed. Every episode seems to get more Star Wars fans talking about it on social media. They’ve done this by bringing back plenty of beloved classic characters week after week.

But there’s a contingent of the fan base that believes it might be too much of a good thing. Let’s take a closer look at whether The Mandalorian’s season two is becoming too “cluttered.” 

Cast members and crew from 'The Mandalorian' answer questions at an event
Cast members and crew from The Mandalorian answer questions at an event | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

The major plotline of ‘The Mandalorian’ season two

This season of The Mandalorian isn’t singularly focused on the main character and his main quest. His goal is to reunite the being once known only as The Child (now known by his actual name of Grogu) with the Jedi. His mission is simple, but not easy. He also encounters plenty of challenges and obstacles along the way

Each episode takes Mando on something of a “side quest” that he needs to complete to further advance his true goal of helping Grogu. It would be frustrating if fans didn’t find it so entertaining. So how is the show’s creative team keeping the fans satisfied? By packing in memorable characters to each episode. 

The of many guest stars of ‘The Mandalorian’ season two

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Season two of The Mandalorian has thrown a lot at fans. Consider the major characters the show has introduced (or, to put it more aptly, reintroduced) in season two so far: 

  • Boba Fett, the famed villainous bounty hunter from the original trilogy. He pops up at the end of the season finale and then showed his face to help Mando retrieve Grogu in exchange for his armor. 
  • Ahsoka Tano, the former Jedi. She was a fan-favorite character from The Clone Wars animated series. There, she was voiced by Ashley Eckstein. Here, she’s played in live-action for the first time by Rosario Dawson. Her turn in the episode The Jedi may have been the season’s highlight so far. 
  • Bo-Katan Kryze, the Mandalorian warrior featured in both The Clone Wars and Rebels. In exchange for helping her hijack an Imperial ship, she gives Mando the location of Ahsoka. 

All of these characters feature in important plot lines. They’re not the only ones who have popped up, however. Timothy Olyphant’s Cobb Vanth was a new character, and Gina Carano’s Cara Dune and Carl Weathers’ Greef Karga both made comebacks.

While these characters have all added drama to the current season, some fans believe they might have actually included too much. 

All of these characters and plotline are a lot to keep up with for some fans 

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While the show has been delivering plenty of exciting action and fan service, some fans think it may be giving up too much too soon. Star Wars fans took to Reddit to discuss the show’s current season, and one speculated the show may be getting a bit too dense with characters and storylines: 

“Sure the latest episode was very good but now there’s so many plot threads that it’s become cluttered.”

It’s not an unfair criticism. The show now has Mando’s storyline, which centers on delivering Grogu to the Jedi. They’ve also introduced Bo-Katan, Boba Fett, and Ahsoka Tano, three major characters from the Star Wars canon, into the show. Each one has had an episode dedicated to them and is likely to return. 

It could be that the multiple characters are being set up for spin-offs where their storylines are resolved elsewhere. But if they’re looking to continue following all three in greater detail, it could lead to some cluttered plot lines. 

While the extra characters are certainly well done and entertaining, they should exist to enhance Mando’s plot and character development. As long as they continue to do that, the show will carry on just fine.