The Mandalorian‘s second season has only just started, but Disney might already be exploring spinoff opportunities. Deadline reports the studio could be preparing to make good on Bob Iger’s comments from February, when the CEO talked about “infusing [the mothership series] with more characters and taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series.” Which ones could carry their own show though? Here are five characters we think would make for a compelling live-action Star Wars series that brings us to even more corners of the galaxy far, far away.
Carl Weather’s Greef might seem like too important of a character on The Mandalorian to get his own show. But he could “lead” a spinoff without even being on screen much. As a disgraced former magistrate and agent of the Bounty Hunters’ Guild, he has many connections—both good and bad—throughout the universe. That could lead to an endless source of plots. And instead of a show like The Mandalorian, which is about one man, Greef could be the conduit for an anthology series in the vein of something like The Hunters. It would follow many bounty hunters as they make their way through a post-Empire galaxy.
The only spinoff candidate cited by Deadline makes a whole lot of sense. The famed bounty hunter’s apparent appearance at the end of The Mandalorian‘s season two premiere answered one major Star Wars question, but raised many more. What has he been doing since Return of the Jedi? And how can someone with the most common, famous face in the galaxy survive when Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Leia Organa are its greatest heroes? Boba Fett might be a terrible bounty hunter, but his story, which also connects to the prequels, is now one of the most interesting in all of Star Wars.
There’s no reason a spinoff couldn’t be a prequel. But considering Anakin Skywalker had most of his body melted off by lava and lived, we’re not giving up on Ming-Na Wen’s assassin Fennec Shand just yet. She appeared to die in season one, but then a mystery figure found her body. Why cast such a great actress in such a great part, just to kill her off 30 minutes later? That makes way less sense than giving Shand her own show, where she takes high risk jobs in a changing galaxy where the forces of evil are clawing their way back.
Despite little screen time, the scientist working with former Imperial officers is one of The Mandalorian‘s most intriguing characters. An insignia on his clothes indicates a connection with the cloners on Kamino who were so important to the prequels and the end of the former Republic. He also surprised us when he seemed to genuinely care for “The Child’s” safety. We want to know more about his story, and a show following him would give us the perspective from the fallen Empire’s side. That would also present a chance for a live-action series to explore the rise of the First Order.
Someone Mando Hasn’t Met…Yet
We promise this isn’t a cop out. The issue right now is that there have only been ten episodes of The Mandalorian. There just haven’t been that many characters worthy of a spinoff yet. But lots more could show up this season, including ones we already know. Important animated characters like Bo-Katan Krzye and Ahsoka Tano are expected to make their live-action debuts on the show. Either could lead their own series. As could Cad Bane from The Clone Wars. The galaxy far, far away is a big place, and Din Djarin has a lot more of it to explore.
He might find a spinoff (or two) on his journey.
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