What Time Do New Episodes of ‘The Mandalorian’ Drop On Disney+?

By now, it’s pretty easy to figure out what day new episodes of The Mandalorian drop. A quick Google search reveals any number of sites that have the dates for the remaining six episodes. 

However, those dates don’t follow any predictable pattern. Moreover, some fans are so anxious to see the next episode that they want to know exactly what time the episodes will drop. This serves at least two purposes.

First, it helps fans avoid spoilers. And second, people can get their Baby Yoda fix that much faster. 

What time are the new ‘Mandalorian’ episodes?

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CNET is one of the sites that has the Mandalorian dates, with IMDB supplying the plot details. These are: 

Episode 6: Friday, Dec. 13. The Mandalorian joins a crew of mercenaries on a dangerous mission.  Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, who was a producer on the movie Dope. 

Episode 7: Wednesday, Dec. 18. An old rival extends an invitation for the Mandalorian to make peace. Directed by Deborah Chow, a veteran of such shows as Better Call Saul, American Gods and Mr. Robot. 

Episode 8: Friday, Dec. 27. Plot TBA. Directed by Taika Waititi of Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit fame. 

The episodes have not always arrived on the same day of the week, so if there’s any rhyme or reason to the scheduling, it does not always seem apparent. However, the episodes do tend to drop around the same time, which is 3 a.m. Eastern time on the listed day. So to catch the episode as soon as possible, viewers have to be either night owls or very, very early morning owls. 

Here’s a high-tech way to find out exactly when the episodes will be available. If you like (heart) this tweet, you will be notified as to when the episodes drop, 

Watching ‘The Mandalorian’ is almost like the old days of TV

Disney has been very slow to roll out information on the Mandalorian, and it has only recently become clear as to why. That reason is small and green. 

Disney knew that Baby Yoda would be a hit, and they went to such lengths to keep him under wraps, that they didn’t approve any manufacturing of toys so as not to reveal there was a Baby Yoda in the first place. So much to the chagrin of parents and children everywhere, there will be no (official) baby Yoda toys ready for the holiday season. 

That’s just one side effect of Disney’s decision not to drop all the Mandalorian episodes at once, like Netflix or Amazon Prime would have.

Binge-watching may have seemed like the way of the future, buy by dropping episodes of the live-action Star Wars series one at a time, they’re building anticipation and making the buzz last longer, right up to the release of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, which premieres December 19. It’s almost certainly not a coincidence that Episode 7 of The Mandalorian drops the day before.

When will season 2 of ‘The Mandalorian’ drop?

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Production on Season 2 of The Mandalorian has already started,  but no release date has been set. It’s so early in the process that Disney may not have an exact date yet. A not unreasonable guess would be that season 2 would premiere next November.

By that time, the buzz over the first Marvel series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, will likely have cooled off. That series has also started shooting and will launch in the fall of 2020.

As Digital Spy points out, we’ll probably have a better fix on exact dates for Star Wars and Marvel,  by the time of next year’s San Diego Comic-Con, which is held in July. That’s when they’ll probably drop trailers for both shows.