The Mandalorian showrunner reveals how George Lucas helped with season 2

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The Mandalorian season 2 (opens in new tab) not only marks the return of Baby Yoda, it marks the return of another Star Wars icon: creator George Lucas.

No, he doesn’t have a walk-on part (we think – keep an eye out), but Lucas was present on set of Mando’s second season and even provided some tips to director Dave Filoni.

"He would be giving Dave a hard time about how many setups he was getting and how fast he was shooting and urging him to go faster," showrunner and creator Jon Favreau told Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab). "He was like a boxer's corner man coaching him, but always with a twinkle in his eye."

That’s probably as close as we’ll get to seeing Lucas behind the camera again for an adventure in a galaxy far, far away but it’s especially comforting to know that Lucas’s reach isn’t far away from Star Wars.

It's not the first time Lucas has been in touch with Filoni about Star Wars' biggest series, even providing his reponse to The Mandalorian (opens in new tab).

“He's been very complimentary,” Filoni told THR (opens in new tab). “I think he's enjoyed the show, and he said once [that] now he gets to watch it as a fan and watch it as a viewer.” 

"He'll give me some reminders, especially before I shoot something, about how many setups I should try to get in a day, and I might rack his brain for certain things about how to cover a scene.”

Elsewhere, The Mandalorian season 2 now has a bunch of official images (opens in new tab) to get excited about. More on that here, including Baby Yoda hiding out in a pouch. Who doesn’t want to see that? Own up, monster.

Giancarlo Esposito has even teased how his villainous character, Moff Gideon, might not be a Big Bad – at least in his eyes (opens in new tab).

“I’ll be going toe-to-toe with Mando,” Esposito said. “It’s an iconic battle. I want to disarm him mentally as well. Who knows? Maybe there’s an opportunity to get him to fight some battles for me. You may think I’m a villain, but I’m trying to harness some energy and some powers for a path that could be best for all. You'll get to see him be somewhat diplomatic and more of a manipulator."

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