Potential spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2!
The Mandalorian season 2 provides further insight into the Star Wars folklore, introducing series audiences to classic characters from the broader universe, most notably Boba Fett, Ahsoka Tano, and Bo-Katan Kryze, as well as myths such as Darksaber.
While numerous Star Wars fans enjoyed Disney+’s discovery of the broader mythology of the galaxies far far away, some less well-informed Mandalorian fans in the Star Wars universe might not be as focused on these extra links.
During an exclusive interview, Bryce Dallas Howard, who helmed the episode titled ‘The Heiress’ in the second season said she thinks the larger Star Wars mythology was well managed in season two of The Mandalorian, contrasting the additional dimensions to the approach adopted by Jurassic World (2015), where she played the role of Claire Dearing.
If you’re telling a story that is a biopic or something, and there’s a bunch of characters that are smaller characters in that biopic, but you can go, and you can read about all of them, because they existed, and their lives are well-documented and whatnot, it’s only going to better inform the biopic that’s centring on the one character.
Because you will have these fully fleshed out other characters that, even though it’s not centralising on them, they’re a part of the narrative.
As for The Mandalorian, Howard stated she was well aware of the need to cater to both casual audiences and more passionate Star Wars fans revealing the “plate-spinning” is meant to give both a better viewing.
Jon Favreau confirms ‘THE MANDALORIAN’ Season 3 and ‘THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT’ are separate projects.
“Boba Fett is already filming, and then we go into production after that with Season 3 of The Mandalorian.”
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) December 21, 2020
I would liken that as well to The Mandalorian in that there are these stories of characters that exist, but even though they might not be playing a central role… Constantly in stories, there are new characters. But in this one, what’s cool is, (if you are a super-fan), you will actually be caught up, and will have an understanding of the various layers of the scene.
But the scene needs to work for someone who’s five years old and hasn’t seen anything else. Again, that’s the plate-spinning job of the series.
Howard added she thinks the presence of exec producer Dave Filoni, who has been involved in a variety of Star Wars shows, means Star Wars audiences demand “richer” storytelling and that the team is striving to integrate it while keeping the action exciting for fans who are new to some well-established characters.
I think to not connect The Mandalorian in any shape or form, especially with Dave Filoni’s collaboration, it would personally feel like a missed opportunity. As a fan, when I see Dave’s name on something, I want the storytelling to be that much richer.
The director continued,
I want to feel the specificity of the Star Wars universe be brought to life, especially when it’s live-action. It’s definitely a fine line. But that’s part of the joy.
The first two seasons of The Mandalorian is currently streaming on Disney+.