When Will Season 2 of ‘The Mandalorian’ Be on Disney+?

Never mind when the next episode of The Mandalorian will be on Disney+ — when will the next season start?

That’s the reaction of many a Star Wars fan as The Mandalorian has slowly unspooled on Disney+, with more than a few viewers saying it’s been the best Star Wars show of any kind in quite some time.

That premiere date has not been announced, but the second season is in the works, and for some fans, no date will be soon enough. 

Will we get ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 next year or later?

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If fans had their way, season 2 would happen no later than early next year. However, shooting only just started on it, and assuming the second season runs eight episodes, which is the rough equivalent of making two movies.

So unless showrunner Jon Favreau and his team work at the speed of hyperdrive, late next year would probably be the earliest we can expect it. That would make a nice symmetry — Season 1 dropping in late 2019 and Season 2 dropping in 2020. 

However, it might make more sense for the second season to drop in 2021. That would evenly space out Star Wars projects. We would get Rise of Skywalker next month, take a break in 2020, release Mandalorian season 2 in 2021, then follow that with the next Star Wars movie in 2022.  Disney executives have said that one of the reasons Solo: A Star Wars Story underwhelmed at the box office was because they flooded the market with Star Wars movies.

TV is a different animal, but Disney probably doesn’t want to take a chance on gorging the landscape with droids, aliens and laser blasts. 

On the other hand, perhaps Disney might go ahead and release season 2 next year because 2021 will be dominated by no less than four Marvel movies and four TV shows on Disney+. That’s a ton of MCU, and Disney may not want its two big franchises crowding each other. 

A case can be made for 2020 or 2021, but either way, fans might be best to be like Obi-Wan and practice patience. 

What about the rest of season 1? 

As of Thanksgiving week, three episodes have aired, with five more to go. Here is the official release schedule, per IGN

  • Episode 4 – Friday, November 29
  • Episode 5 – Friday, December 6
  • Episode 6 – Friday, December 13
  • Episode 7 – Wednesday, December 18
  • Episode 8 – Friday, December 27

And here is the synopsis for the next three episodes, per Collider:

  • Episode 4: The Mandalorian teams up with an ex-soldier to protect a village from raiders.
  • Episode 5: The Mandalorian helps a rookie bounty hunter who is in over his head.
  • Episode 6: The Mandalorian joins a crew of mercenaries on a dangerous mission.

The series is racking up interesting director credits too. Episode 4 is directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, following in her father Ron’s footsteps. Episode The final episode is directed by Taika Waititi, who helmed Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit

Why does Disney+ release ‘The Mandalorian’ weekly?

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Thanks to Netflix, viewers have become accustomed to binge-watching, with the platform actively encouraging it. As soon as one episode ends, it goes to the next one without the viewer prompting it. That enabled viewers to gobble up season 3 of Stranger Things in only a few days. 

However, Disney went the opposite way with the first live-action Star Wars series, but it has worked to their advantage. With Stranger Things season 3, whether Hopper was alive or not was all the rage for a few weeks after the season wrapped. But then that was it.

The buzz was hot but short. Disney seems to think it’s better to stretch out that anticipation rather than blow it all in one short burst. Sure has worked for Baby Yoda, hasn’t it?