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Emily Swallow is the Armorer and Pedro Pascal is the Mandalorian in 'The Mandalorian.' Courtesy Disney+

The First Images From “The Mandalorian” Season 2 Tease Mando’s Allies

The Mandalorian‘s return to Disney+ really can’t come soon enough. The streaming channel’s Emmy-nominated juggernaut, the first-ever live-action Star Wars show, was a visual feast for the eyes. When we spoke to the series’ Emmy-nominated cinematographer Greig Fraser, he explained that The Mandalorian utilized cutting-edge technology that allowed the crew to literally bring the many worlds of the galaxy down to Earth and project them onto the giant LED screens the cast performed in front of. This new technology, called The Volume, helped give the series the look and feel of a major Star Wars feature film. Now, with the series returning this October, Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive look at season two, and they’ve released a few new photos for you to enjoy. Sadly, series newcomer Timothy Olyphant is not pictured among them, but some of your returning favorites are here.

When season one ended, our beloved Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and his beyond beloved charge, Baby Yoda, had successfully survived the many attempts on both of their lives. The great Giancarlo Esposito had arrived as Moff Gideon, setting the stage for season two the moment he unleashed his Darksaber. Here, then, was a man who would present a proper challenge to Mando. The new images don’t show off Gideon or his Darksaber, but rather focus on Mando and Baby Yoda’s new best friends—Gina Carano’s mercenary Cara Dune, and Mando’s old buddy Greef Karga, played by Carl Weathers, the head of the bounty hunter guild.

In the EW exclusive, series creator Jon Favreau and executive producer/director Dave Filoni said the show is expanding in the second season. “The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world,” Favreau told EW. “The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and hopefully we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show.”

“Everything gets bigger, the stakes get higher, but also the personal story between the Child and the Mandalorian develops in a way I think people will enjoy,” Filoni added.

Season one was decidedly a straight forward affair, with the narrative firmly affixed to Mando’s mission to first capture “the child” and, upon realizing baby Yoda would be killed once he handed him over, protecting the little guy at all costs. There were no Game of Thrones-like forays into various storylines led by other characters. It sounds like that might change a bit going forward. With The Volume technology now firmly established, The Mandalorian‘s writers and directors Filioni hinted that the storytelling might become more ambitious.

We’ll find out soon enough—The Mandalorian returns to Disney+ on October 30th. Check out the new images here.

Featured image: Emily Swallow is the Armorer and Pedro Pascal is the Mandalorian in ‘The Mandalorian.’ Courtesy Disney+

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