The second season of The Mandalorian brought new adventures at every turn

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If there were Star Wars fans who weren’t drawn in by season one of Disney+’s The Mandalorian, they certainly have been by season two.

Season two of The Mandalorian started out much like season one had: the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) soaring through the galaxies with his little friend, “The Child,” on his ship, the Razor Crest. However, by the end of season two, there is no soaring through the galaxies, no Razor Crest, and no Child.

The Mandalorian has endured many hardships throughout the series, but season two shows Mando’s true character as his strength is tested again and again. I can’t help but admire the persona that Disney+ has given to the Mandalorian; he is rough and tough, but has a soft spot for an infant magical creature, ultimately making him extremely likable. Although his job requires him to be in more than one shady transaction, his heart is clearly made of gold, or rather, the precious material known as Beskar.

In addition to developing Mando’s character, season two of The Mandalorian gives some background and a title to The Child. Known as “Baby Yoda” by fans, the small creature’s future is discussed as he awakens powers that are suspiciously familiar.

Along with the return of the Mandalorian and The Child, the second season brings back multiple allies—old and new—to the series. From clone wars to the original series, underdeveloped side characters burst back in and into the spotlight, adding spice to the already thrilling show.

However, there are several confusing elements. The line between “real” and “fake” Mandalorians gets blurry, and it is difficult to determine whether a character is a friend or foe. It had me questioning if Mando is the only true Mandalorian left and that his quest to find others of his kind is a wild goose chase. On the other hand, this could just be another level of complexity that helps develop the plot instead of leaving it shallow. 

The Mandalorian has endured many hardships throughout the series, but season two shows Mando’s true character as his strength is tested again and again.”

The return of multiple heroes helps clarify where in the Star Wars timeline the series falls, ending many debates in my household. The spinoff lands shortly after the original trilogy of the saga, far before The Force Awakens. This helped enlighten me and other viewers and lifted my overall satisfaction of watching the show in the end.

The final moments of the final episode are what neatly closed one door while synchronously throwing open thousands more. My family and I sat shocked in the silence as we watched the end scene play out. Our excited chatter as the outro played expressed my excitement; there could not have been a more heartbreaking yet exhilarating way to leave everyone yearning for more.

The Mandalorian is now starting to feel like an actual continuous plot rather than a compilation of adventures and misadventures of The Child and Mando. This maneuver was wise; it was a risk that could have ended in a failure, but didn’t.

Season two of The Mandalorian brought together many elements that brought the second chapter to the masterpiece that it is. Now my only worry is how the creators are going to outdo themselves in the third chapter.