‘The Mandalorian’ Is The Future of ‘Star Wars’ as Bob Iger Hints At Spin-Offs From The Show

The weeks following the release of The Rise of Skywalker saw a lot of discourse around the film. It made a lot of money at the box office, but when compared to past movies in the franchise, it wasn’t as successful as Disney might have projected. Not to mention, the critical consensus on it was not high at all. Whether due to this or just the new frontier of Disney+, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Star Wars will put their main focus on television.

The Child (aka Baby Yoda) stands on a ship in the Disney+ series 'The Mandalorian.'
The Child (aka Baby Yoda) in the Disney+ series ‘The Mandalorian’ | Lucasfilm

The future of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise is in television

According to Comicbook.com, Iger said that the success of The Mandalorian and Disney’s streaming site as a whole will help shape the future of Star Wars. “The priority in the next few years is television,” Iger said during an earnings call on Feb. 4. Obviously Season 2 of The Mandalorian will be a big focus, but there’s more. 

Iger hinted that there’s “more coming from The Mandalorian thereafter including the possibility of infusing it with more characters and the possibility of taking those characters in their own directions in terms of series.” With the world they created in that show, it makes sense that this era of Star Wars will go on for some time. Especially with Baby Yoda so big, Disney is not about to get rid of him.

Spin-offs of ‘The Mandalorian’ are probably going to happen 

Aaron Couch, the editor for The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision Blog, tweeted that “Bob Iger is considering spinoffs of Mandalorian characters for their own series.” This is the logical next step. There were only eight episodes and every character on-screen has such a depth, they could each get the solo treatment like Mando did. 

Under Couch’s tweet, tons of viewers shared their ideas on who could get a spin-off. Of course, anything Baby Yoda is a no-brainer. One user wanted a show on Kuiil and another wanted one on Moff Gideon pre-Empire. But the overwhelming amount of responses wanted Cara Dune as the lead of her own series. The former Rebel Shock Trooper is still pretty mysterious and has a strong bond with Mando. Now that they’ve separated, her time to shine is very much here. Plus, she apparently has a secret; a spin-off could perfectly explain that in detail.

What other ‘Star Wars’ TV series could happen?

Star Wars has no shortage of unique characters that already exist. But the franchise really succeeds when they focus on new ideas and characters. The Mandalorian is a perfect example of taking already-existing lore and using it to create a brand new narrative. And Rogue One took a minute subplot from the original trilogy and turned it into one of the most popular Star Wars films since Disney took over Lucasfilm. 

Another strong area for Star Wars is the series, The Clone Wars. The show thrives purely on its magnificent writing and world-building. It also perfectly executes the impressive task of linking Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. It not only makes the characters of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padmé Amidala better, but it revitalizes the prequels and deepens them in a way that the movies couldn’t.

With all that said, it might be best for these new Star Wars TV shows to create brand new plots, characters, in new periods of time fans have never seen. But if they do want to revisit known characters, beloved ones like Mando, Baby Yoda, Ahsoka, and more are the way to go.