Disney+’s flagship series is starting up once again.
Since the end of its first season, rumors have been circulating about when the Star Wars spinoff series and one of the major draws to Disney+, The Mandalorian, would return for a second season. Information was somewhat scarce, with only a time frame of some time in October being available for the past several months. As it turns out, this time frame was technically correct, as the new season will be premiering at the very end of October.
Disney announced today that season 2 of The Mandalorian will be available for streaming on Disney+ starting October 30. Excitement has already begun building, especially due to allusions from Giancarlo Esposito, who plays the role of Moff Gideon, that viewers may be treated to some lightsaber combat at some point in the new season.
The Mandalorian is what brought in a sizable share of Disney+’s current subscriber base; some people actually admitted to cancelling their subscriptions after the first season ended because they didn’t want to watch anything else. But if the reception of the show’s first season, including 15 Emmy nominations, is any indication, many of those who left will likely return to the service.
Aside from The Mandalorian, Disney+ subscribers are still waiting for other flagship series featuring properties owned by Disney. This includes spinoffs from the Marvel Cinematic Universe like The Winter Soldier, The Falcon, and WandaVision, though the pandemic will likely delay work on these shows by a fair amount. Filming on the second season of The Mandalorian managed to finish right before the pandemic caused mass shutdowns, which is how it was able to get finished relatively quickly.