The Mandalorian release date now sits roughly six weeks away. After enduring an exhausting couple of weeks of waiting, we finally received the trailer for season 2. It only makes sense that more and more information will surface in the weeks ahead. We just recently learned the entire list of The Mandalorian S2 directors were announced and they are a mix of old and new, with some loved faces missing.
We do not know who directs which episodes yet, but we know the names of the seven directors involved, and yes the math points out someone directs two episodes. Then again for any that watched Gallery on Disney+ will know how the process really works. One director may call the shots on an episode, but the crew of directors work in close relationship with one another to not only coordinate, but to learn what works and what does not.
Mandalorian S2 Directors Announced – Who’s Involved
Directing this second season of The Mandalorian will be (in no particular order): Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Carl Weathers, Peyton Reed, and Robert Rodriguez. Favreau, Filoni, Howard and Famuyiwa all directed episodes last season. I am most intrigued by Howard’s return. While by no means terrible, her episode was by far the weakest of last season, but in her defense Episode 4: Sanctuary retold an over used story in far too short a time. It needed to be at least two episodes. I look forward to seeing how she fares this season.
Weathers, Reed and Rodriguez come to the director’s chair fresh and wide eyed. Weathers gains the benefit of starring in the show and experiencing its intricacies since he played Greef Karga. Peyton Reed will be known for directing the Ant-Man movies while Rodriguez may bring a dark grit to the show. Rodriguez directed Alita: Battle Angel, Sin City, and the Once Upon a Time in Mexico series. Of the new directors Rodriguez’s episode intrigues me the most. Season 1 proved the show does not pull too many punches which plays right into Rodriguez’s strengths.
Gone from this season are Taika Waititi and Deborah Chow. Waititi directed the epic finale of last season while Chow directed episodes 3 and 7 (The Sin and The Reckoning). Chow really knew how to pull the heart strings, but her talents are off directing the Kenobi series while Waititi reportedly gears up to direct one of the next big screen Star Wars movies. Their talents may be missed here, but I do not doubt they will be appreciated in their new roles.
Which director are you most looking forward too? The Mandalorian season 2 rolls out on Disney+ starting October 30th.