The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau revealed new details about how the Disney+ series will branch the original trilogy and the sequel trilogy in the Star Wars Universe. Speaking with reporters from Entertainment Weekly, Favreau says that the new series will feature the rise of the villainous First Order. As fans of the franchise know, the First Order came to power following the defeat of the Galactic Empire in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Favreau says that the First Order’s ascent was gradual, pointing out that there is a 30-year time jump between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the first entry in the sequel trilogy.
Continuing, Favreau adds that The Mandalorian will show this change in the Star Wars political landscape in a more subtle fashion. Rather than being focused on larger scale groups like the Empire or the Rebel Alliance, the series will follow a grounded approach featuring bounty hunters on the backwater planet of Tatooine. Dave Filoni, who is directing two episodes of the series, also talked about how things change slowly in the Star Wars Universe. The director says that just because the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Empire’s Death Star doesn’t mean that all is well with the galaxy. As the Rebels try to establish the New Republic, they will face problems with remnants of the Empire and difficulty extending their authority throughout the entire galaxy. Comparing the series to the Old West, Filoni says that while there are marshals, they can’t be everywhere all the time on the frontier.
In a separate interview with Entertainment Weekly, series star Pedro Pascal says that his character will face many trials in the series. Pascal plays the titular Mandalorian, a bounty hunter who Pascal says is trying to do the right thing. Pascal says that the problem the Mandalorian faces in the series is that doing the right thing has many faces, and that the character walks a troubled path. Favreau adds that while fans might want to compare the Mandalorian with classic bounty hunter Boba Fett, such comparisons are difficult. Hinting that Fett might have given Mandalorian warriors a bad name because of his allegiance to the Empire, Favreau says that the Mandalorian operates in a much more hostile environment than Fett. Specifically, Favreau says that the Mandalorian must consider the idea of authority through a different lens. For the Mandalorian, authority is based on strength, while for Fett, it came from the tyranny of the Empire.
The Mandalorian premieres on November 12.