Everything You Need to Know About The Mandalorian
Disney+ is set to release their long-awaited Star Wars series called The Mandalorian, written by Jon Favreau, on November 12th. The already-released trailer and various images from The Mandalorian have given fans a glimpse into the world that we’re all so excited to see, and have left us with lots of questions.
Hunt no further- these are the answers to the history of the Mandalorian that you’re looking for.
What’s the Story?
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. “The Mandalorian” is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Our story opens after the fall of the Galactic Empire, as seen in the original Star Wars trilogy. We see Stormtrooper helmets impaled on stakes and half buried in the sand. This is a warning sign to any and every supporter of the Galactic Empire. A powerful statement that shows the true chaos of the Outer Rim. Our story takes place far beyond any semblance of government, in the midst of a chaotic regime change. Multiple Imperial leaders seem to be fighting for power in the trailer, with elite Death Troopers and Stormtroopers at their command.
And of course, the story will follow the titular Mandalorian, a bounty hunter at the edge of the galaxy. “Bounty hunting is a complicated profession… wouldn’t you agree?” In fact, the Mandalorians are an entire culture of warriors.
The History of the Mandalorians
We know very little about the Mandalorians, if we only look at the movies. Really, we only know that Jango Fett and Boba Fett wore Mandalorian armor, passed down from one generation to the next, able to withstand even the most devastating blows. However, depending on what counts as canon in the Star Wars Universe, they aren’t even Mandalorians themselves. Instead, they’re just wearing the armor of a warrior culture.
The Mandalorians are humans from a planet in the Outer Rim named Mandalore. Mandalore has a complicated history, with different political leaders constantly vying for power. The most famous might be Duchess Satine Kryze, the ruler of Mandalore during the Clone Wars. She was also the romantic interest of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Pre Viszla was the leader of the terrorist group called Death Watch, the wielder of the Darksaber (a lightsaber of pure darkness), and the short-term ruler of Mandalore. His rule was ended by the swift blade of Darth Maul. There’s no telling what state Mandalore will be in when the show begins, but we can expect a complicated history wherever we are.
Who is the Mandalorian?
Pedro Pascal plays the titular character, about whom we know very little. In fact, all we really know is that he’s wearing Mandalorian armor. We know that he’s a bounty hunter, similar to Jango Fett and Boba Fett, but we don’t know exactly who he is. In fact, we never even see his face, nor have we heard his voice in the trailer that’s been released.
Despite that, we do get to see his personality through his actions. He’s a creative survivalist, as evidenced by the short clips in the trailer. When he fights the Quarren, he grabs its face tentacles and smashes it into the table. When the Quarren tries to escape, he makes a mad dash for the door, but the Mandalorian knocks him down and cuts him in half with the door. While we know very little, we do know that the Mandalorian is a fighter and clearly an exciting character to follow.
Who Else Will We See?
We’re likely to bump into lots of minor characters and friends we’ve made over the years. In the trailer, we get to see quite a few interesting characters. We’ll get to see the blurrgs, lizard-like bipedal creatures, that will be used as steeds for an Ugnaught, another alien species. We’ve seen the blurrgs in the Clone Wars series, but fans will be thrilled to see them come to life in live-action.
We also see IG-11, an IG series droid often mistaken for IG-88, made to be an assassin. IG-11 will be voiced by Taika Waititi. We also got a preview of R5-D4, one of Luke Skywalker’s old units. Not only that, but eventually, Ming-Na Wen, the actress best known as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D‘s Agent May and the voice of Disney’s Mulan, will be joining the cast.
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