‘The Mandalorian’ season 2 arrives fall 2020

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Disney’s new streaming service has been making waves ever since its November launch. A big part of that success can be attributed to its original live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian.”

The show’s Baby Yoda character is also responsible for a significant portion of the platform’s buzz. Fortunately, fans won’t have to wait too long for season two of “The Mandalorian” to arrive. Executive producer Jon Favreau confirmed on Friday that it will arrive on Disney+ in fall 2020. Notably, fall will be a busy time for the platform as many of its other big shows are set to debut in that window.

Appropriate Waiting Game

Fans of “The Mandalorian” got a satisfying conclusion to the first season on Friday when the eighth and final episode debuted on Disney+. They also got a surprise when Favreau announced via Twitter that season two is coming next fall. Typically, there is a multi-month gap between a season finale and the announcement of the next season. However, there was never really any doubt that Disney would be renewing its first live-action “Star Wars” show.

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The end of season one teased fans with a hint of what to expect from Moff Gideon as well as revealing the possibility of a tie in with the animated show “Star Wars Rebels.” Despite being an animated series, “Star Wars” fans love “Rebels” and are excited about a possible connection.

Meanwhile, Favreau’s tweet gave away one small detail about season two. Though no plot points have been confirmed his tweet included a photo of a Gamorrean. Fans know that this green-skinned being is typically an employee of Jabba the Hutt. This includes an appearance as such in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.”

Though that doesn’t reveal much about season two’s plot, it does give fans something to hypothesize about for the next several months.

Can Disney+ Hold Out?

Until “The Mandalorian’s” second season debuts next fall, Disney+ may face some struggles. For “Star Wars” fans, there won’t be much new content on the platform. Though it does have most of the movies and the two animated series, “Star Wars Rebels” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” those may struggle to retain subscribers who signed up just to watch Disney’s newest spin-off.

On the bright side, Disney is bringing “Clone Wars” back from the dead for a seventh season in February 2020. Fans can binge the existing 121 episodes to get ready for that premiere until then. A currently untitled series following Cassian Andor will arrive sometime in 2021 while an Obi-Wan show directed by Deborah Chow doesn’t have a release date yet.

So, until fall 2020, there won’t be much else to entertain viewers. The big-budget Marvel shows that Disney promised are also slated to arrive in that same time period. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is perhaps the most notable.

Sadly, it appears that the launch timing of Disney+ shows has been poor. A lack of original content following its release was a major concern for the platform. Moving forward, it is going to face a difficult start to the year as many subscribers will undoubtedly bail with nothing new to watch. Still, if it can survive (and it will) until next fall, Disney+ will re-hook viewers with great new shows and the return of “The Mandalorian.”

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