You have probably seen or heard about The Mandalorian, either via entertainment news websites, on social media, or through general conversations down the pub. But what is The Mandalorian?

In this post I answer a number of questions about The Mandalorian, to provide you with a quick rundown of all the key information about this ‘must-see’ show.


What is The Mandalorian?

The Mandalorian is a television show set within the Star Wars universe. The show focuses on a bounty hunter called the Mandalorian (or ‘Mando’), who travels throughout the galaxy undertaking work-for-hire jobs for clients.

Where can I watch The Mandalorian?

The Mandalorian is exclusive to the Walt Disney streaming service, Disney+. The service – which offers a mix of existing and original Disney content – is the only place to watch the show legally.

Disney+ launched in the US, Canada and The Netherlands on November 12th 2019. From this date forward, the service rolls out in other territories around the world.

If you live in the UK, Disney+ arrives on March 31st 2020.

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When is The Mandalorian set?

The Mandalorian is set approximately five years after the events of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983). As such, the series makes reference to the fall of the Empire and features nods to past characters/alien species that have appeared in the movies.

Who are the characters in The Mandalorian?

The Mandalorian is the lead character in the show. Other notable characters in the series include The Client, Greef Karga, Dr. Pershing, Kuiil, IG-11, Cara Dune, Moff Gideon and the Child.

Who are the cast of The Mandalorian?

The cast of The Mandalorian is as follows:

  • The Mandalorian – Pedro Pascal
  • The Client – Werner Herzog
  • Greef Karga – Carl Weathers
  • Dr. Pershing – Omid Abtahi
  • Kuiil – Nick Nolte
  • IG-11 – Taika Waititi
  • Cara Dune – Gina Carano
  • Moff Gideon – Giancarlo Esposito

Who is Baby Yoda?

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Baby Yoda is a character that was introduced in the first episode of The Mandalorian. The character, also known as The Child, is a 50-year-old alien who is from the same species as Yoda.

Is Baby Yoda the same Yoda from the Star Wars movies?

As Baby Yoda/The Child was not officially named during his first appearance, fans quickly dubbed the character ‘Baby Yoda’. However, Baby Yoda is not Yoda.

Why is Baby Yoda popular with fans?

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Due to the mystery surrounding the character, as well as his adorable appearance, fans instantly fell in love with Baby Yoda and began posting about the character online.

As a result of the character’s popularity, Baby Yoda quickly became the standout star of the series and the subject of endless memes.

How many episodes of The Mandalorian are there?

The first season of The Mandalorian comprises eight episodes, each varying in length (but running just over 35 minutes a piece). The episodes are referred to as ‘Chapters’ (Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc).

Chapter 1 was made available to stream on November 12th 2019. Chapter 8 (the final episode of the first season) will be available to stream on December 27th 2019.

Countries that don’t have access to Disney+ until 2020 will be able to watch all eight episodes of The Mandalorian once the service arrives in their territory.

Who created The Mandalorian series?  

The Mandalorian was created by Jon Favreau. Favreau also wrote six episodes of the first season (Chapters 1-4 and 7 & 8).

The other writers on the show are Dave Filoni (Chapter 5), and Christopher Yost and Rick Famuyiwa) (Chapter 6).

Who directed The Mandalorian?

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The directors of The Mandalorian are as follows:

  • Chapter 1 – Dave Filoni
  • Chapter 2 – Rick Famuyiwa
  • Chapter 3 – Deborah Chow
  • Chapter 4 – Bryce Dallas Howard
  • Chapter 5 – Dave Filoni
  • Chapter 6 – Rick Famuyiwa
  • Chapter 7 – Deborah Chow
  • Chapter 8 – Taika Waititi

What is the tone of The Mandalorian?

The Mandalorian is similar in tone to the original Star Wars trilogy (1977 – 1983) – specifically the scenes set within the Mos Eisley Cantina and Jabba’s Palace. The show offers a look at the grim, gritty underworld of the Star Wars universe.

The Mandalorian is also heavily influenced by a number of Clint Eastwood movies (Dirty Harry, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, etc), Akira Kurosawa movies (Yojimbo) and the Kazuo Koike/Goseki Kojima manga, Lone Wolf and Cub.

Is The Mandalorian worth the hype?

Yes. If you are a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy, The Mandalorian is a series that is worth your time. In my opinion, it is one of the best live-action entries in the Star Wars series to date, and certainly worth the hype.


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