Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll probably be aware Disney fanatics finally got to sign up for the studio's long-awaited streaming service, Disney Plus last month. The service boasts an impressive slate of Disney content - from gripping superhero spectacles from the Marvel Universe to classic Disney princesses, there's no shortage of content to feast your eyes on, straight from the house of the mouse.
But the one show that everyone has been talking about? The Mandalorian.
There's no doubt the series has been a breakthrough smash hit. Now, season 2 has been teased along with a release date, but there's one element, in particular, that's got fans divided...
The Mandalorian has completely won over viewers.The original sci-fi spin-off series, set in the Star Wars universe, has been drawing in significant praise from fans, who have been eagerly digging into the episodes available on Disney's new streaming service, Disney +.
The series is set 5 years after the events of Return of the Jedi.Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, best known for playing Claire Dearing in Jurassic World, The Mandalorian offers Star Wars fans a tantalizing new live-action spin-off of the beloved franchise.
And it's the first of its kind on the platform.The Mandolorian well and truly keeps the franchise alive - offering what many are describing as a "gritter" take on the universe.
The show chronicles the story of a galactic bounty hunter, Dyn Jarren.Boasting an impressive cast including the likes of Narcos' Pedro Pascal in the leading role, viewers watch as Dyn attempts to survive in the aftermath of the Empire’s collapse.
The show takes a much darker approach than other Star Wars spinoffs.Far from the authority of the New Republic, we get to see the adventures of the lone gunfighter as he reaches the outer edges of the universe. Meaning we're bound to see some new, never-seen-before locales.
Though we still got see the odd Storm Trooper...Because what would a Star Wars spin-off be without them?
And we get introduced to baby Yoda...He's arguably been the star of the show, with the internet completely gushing over him since the show's debut. Let's be honest, he's adorable.
Of course, the show is packed full of the usual strange creatures...We're introduced to IG-11, a droid that's the same model as IG-88 - one of the bounty hunters seen on Darth Vader's Super Star Destroyer in The Empire Strikes Back. We've also caught a glimpse of an Ugnaught - the porcine species previously seen working as janitors on Cloud City in Empire Strikes Back - named Kuill, who appears to be an ally of the Mandalorian.
The premiere of the series landed on the platform's launch date - November 12.With the remaining episodes set for a staggered weekly release - keeping anticipation sky high.
After its premiere, critics were typing away to award the show glowing reviews.
The show has earnt an impressive score of 9.1 on imdb.It well and truly had fans hooked and has completely taken over pop-culture since it hit screens. Scroll on to get all the details on the upcoming second season.
And it seems fans can't get enough, with some branding the show a "masterpiece."
Okay, The Mandalorian is a masterpiece. Can’t wait to see where the season goes!! Great job on this one @disneyplus @themandalorian— Emily🕉 (@Emily🕉)1574004475.0
The show's profound success recently reached new heights...The Mandalorian has officially dethroned Stranger Things as the top streaming TV show in the U.S.
It was an impressive achievement.Stranger Things enjoyed twenty-one consecutive weeks at the top of Parrot Analytics' weekly list of the most in-demand original streaming shows in the U.S. but The Mandalorian appears to have already surpassed it.
The show's success is measured by "demand expressions."The unit is designed to reflect the desire, engagement, and viewership of a series weighted by importance, Business Insider reports.
The Mandalorian had a staggering number of these impressions between November 17th to November 23rd.The show raked in an impressive 100 million demand expressions during the week period, while Stranger Things had 81 million.
Now that season 1 has wrapped up...After an epic finale, fans have been desperate to find out what the future of the show will look like.
So, what can we expect from season 2?Throughout season 1, we got a glimpse into Mandalorian’s childhood, which was set sometime around the Clone Wars - paving the way for a more detailed look into Mando’s past.
The Mandalorian managed to steer clear of the usual tropes like cameos, but it seems there may be a change in direction for the next offering...According to Deadline: “Insiders have hinted that several established characters from the Skywalker saga’s feature films mythology will make appearances" in season 2.
But there's one new detail that has surfaced, and fans are massively divided over it...... The possible return of Darth Maul.
It all started when 2 of the actors who played him weighed in on the show.
Sam Witwer then took to Twitter to directly reference The Mandalorian.
I'm a little angry. No. Furious. Just watched Mandalorian. That's MINE. #Mine #MineMine— Sam Witwer (@Sam Witwer)1577490053.0
But how would his return even be possible?Well, he has cheated death before, so it wouldn't be off the table. Even if it's just a brief flashback, it would certainly be a hook for the new season.
But it seems fans are split over the rumors.
The rumors of Darth Maul being in season 2 of Mandalorian could be true. It’ll most likely be a flashback type stor… https://t.co/pDKkaKgCbj— ︎ ︎ (@︎ ︎)1577784638.0
Some fans think he shouldn't be in the series full stop.
Obi won killed Darth Maul in Rebels prior to a new hope. Maul is dead and should not be in Mandalorian https://t.co/1OfNzZuNDg— ▲ Stimmy God (@▲ Stimmy God)1577734009.0