‘The Mandalorian’ Creator Cites ‘Game of Thrones’ As Inspiration For Season Two


While Star Wars fans still patiently await the first trailer for season two of The Mandalorian, Entertainment Weekly did finally drop some first-look look images at the upcoming slate of episodes that were accompanied by a massive preview interview with series creator Jon Favreau and director Dave Filoni.

Season two of the hit Disney+ series is shaping up to be even grander than the Emmy-nominated rookie season, as the now-proven commodity not only has the faith of fans and critics alike, but sees a ton of exciting additions to the cast, such as Boba Fet, Timothy Olyphant’s Cobb Vanth and Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano.

Regardless of the fact that 2020 has been such a dire year for the entertainment industry, The Mandalorian currently sits as one of the biggest and most-buzzworthy pieces of pop culture we have, meaning essentially nothing can slow down the hype train that’s barreling towards season two, even an off-hand comparison to Game of Thrones.

“The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world,” says [series creator] Jon Favreau. “The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and hopefully we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show.” Adds Filoni, “Everything gets bigger, the stakes get higher, but also the personal story between the Child and the Mandalorian develops in a way I think people will enjoy.”

And while the first season’s episodes very strictly focused on Mando, season 2 adds new storytelling angles. “As we introduce other characters, there are opportunities to follow different storylines,” Favreau says. “The world was really captivated by Game of Thrones and how that evolved as the characters followed different storylines — that’s very appealing to me as an audience member.” [via Entertainment Weekly]

All jokes aside, I totally understand what Favreau is saying and don’t remotely take it as a bad omen for The Mandalorian — in fact, quite the opposite.

Prior to its disastrous final season, Game of Thrones was a literally revolutionary television series, setting new precedents in terms of storytelling, production scale, and its grasp on popular culture. What made Thrones so epic and sprawling were the very spreading of characters that Favreau seems to be referring to so that only bodes well for the future of The Mandalorian.

RELATED: ‘The Mandalorian’ Season One Finale Features The Best ‘Star Wars’ Moment Of The Last 25 Years

Subscribe and listen to our pop culture podcast, The Post-Credit Podcast, below and follow us on Twitter @PostCredPod



Google Podcasts