‘The Mandalorian’: How Jon Favreau Wants the ‘Star Wars’ Show to Be Like ‘Game of Thrones’

Star Wars is coming to television in the Disney+ streaming series The Mandalorian. What could be bigger than Star Wars? The only thing on television that might come close is Game of Thrones. According to The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau, the shows have more in common than you might think.

Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian
Pedro Pascal in The Mandalorian | Francois Duhamel/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Favreau spoke at a press conference for The Mandalorian and he spoke at length about Game of Thrones. It wasn’t even because he cast Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian that he thought of the comparison. The Mandalorian premieres Tuesday, November 12 when Disney+ launches.

Both ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ have this in common

Fans of Game of Thrones had to wait every week for a new episode to air Sunday night, and months, often years between seasons. Even though The Mandalorian is streaming, Disney+ will only drop new episodes once a week.

The Mandalorian | Lucasfilm Ltd.

“Part of what’s fun about this is with this new service, everybody wherever they are, if they have this service, they’re seeing it first,” Favreau said. “It’s also nice to have people to be able to experience something at the same time which is what I really loved about watch like Game of Thrones.”

Jon Favreau hopes ‘The Mandalorian’ creates conversation the way ‘Game of Thrones’ did

Remember the water cooler talk after the Red Wedding? Every major character death? Jon Favreau is writing The Manadlorian to generate Game of Thrones level fan talk.

Werner Herzog in The Mandalorian
Werner Herzog in The Mandalorian | Lucasfilm Ltd.

“There’s a sense of what’s going to happen this week?” Favreau said. “For us, there’s a really fun dialogue that we’re looking forward to that we usually only get at the conventions where you get to show, people get to react and then you get to talk about it and it gets us excited as filmmakers. That dialogue unfolds and I’m happy it’s being released at a rhythm.”

‘The Mandalorian’ has production values as high as ‘Game of Thrones’ too

Years ago, it would have been unimaginable to see a show as epic as Game of Thrones on television. Previously, television budgets were prohibitive to adapting movies like Star Wars. Even George Lucas’s ideas for a live-action series stalled. Now, Disney + can produce Star Wars for you to stream at home.

The Mandalorian
The Mandalorian | Lucasfilm Ltd.

“I think as a kid growing up, you watch Star Wars, you think I would watch this every week,” director and executive producer Dave Filoni said. “As somebody that’s always been into fantasy and science fiction, you were always waiting for a moment where you thought that the images on television were as good as what you were seeing in the theater. There was a big separation when I was a kid. Now, it’s gotten so close.”

It wasn’t just the budgets that went up. The resources now exist to do Star Wars or Game of Thrones on television.

“I think we can make something like Star Wars because technology has advanced so that’s one of the dreams that George had,” Filoni continued. “When I worked with him on Clone Wars, he would talk about the future being streaming, the future being serialized Star Wars. It is cool to get to help make it.”

Disney+ can finally tell a ‘Star Wars’ story as long as ‘Game of Thrones’

Even the longest Star Wars movie is under three hours. The Mandalorian will be the longest run a single Star Wars story has in live-action, much like Game of Thrones could do entire books over several seasons.

Giancarlo Esposito as Mof Gideon in The Mandalorian
Giancarlo Esposito as Mof Gideon | Lucasfilm Ltd.

“The idea of telling a story over more than just a couple of hours told every few years opens us up to this novelization of story,” Favreau said. “It’s fun not to have a preciousness in the way we’re telling stories because we’re coming back to you next week with another one. It really opened up a lot of freedom and opportunity where we don’t feel that we’re repeating or copying anything else that people have experienced with Star Wars.”