"The Mandalorian" season 2 returns to Disney+ today, so, in celebration of release day, it's time to answer all your burning questions -- whether they be about the trailer or the cast of this "Star Wars" series.
The new season starts streaming today, bringing back familiar faces -- we're looking at you, Baby Yoda -- and introducing us to new ones, too. Fans have lots of questions, like which character Sasha Banks is playing and if we'll meet Ahsoka Tano in season 2. And for those wondering if star Pedro Pascal is leaving the show, rest assured our Mando isn't flying off anytime soon.
"The Mandalorian" season 1 won over fans and critics alike last year -- what certainly feels like a long time ago and in a galaxy far, far away -- and won seven Emmys this year.
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Here's everything you need to know about "The Mandalorian" season 2:
How do I stream "The Mandalorian" season 2 on Disney+?
For those who still have yet to sign up, Disney+ costs $6.99/month or $69.99/year. There is also a bundle featuring Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for $12.99/month.
When does "The Mandalorian" season 2 premiere?
"The Mandalorian" season 2 premieres today, Friday, Oct. 30, on Disney+. And just like the first season, new episodes will be released every Friday.
Who is in the cast for "The Mandalorian" season 2?
While there's much speculation about new additions to the cast for the second season, only Pascal as Mando, Gina Carano as Cara Dune, a rebel shock trooper-turned-mercenary, and Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon, a former officer of the Galactic Empire's Imperial Security Bureau, have officially been announced. They will, of course, join the always adorable Baby Yoda this season.
Additionally, official press photos for season 2 reveal Carl Weathers is back as Greef Karga, bounty hunter guild leader, and WWE star Sasha Banks has joined as a mysterious new character. An image showing the professional wrestler in a dark cloak -- which was seen in the trailer -- lists her without providing a name for the character she plays. That said, the trailer mentions Jedi, so perhaps Banks' character has a connection to them.
What are the stars of "The Mandalorian" saying about season 2?
Pascal appeared on "Good Morning America" and, while he couldn't share much about season 2, he said he was "taken aback in a really good way" when reading the script for the premiere. He also called Baby Yoda an "incredible scene partner."
Watch Pedro Pascal on "GMA" here:
Esposito also stopped by "Good Morning America" and said he loves being part of a show that "depicts a story about humanity and heroism."
"To be a hero is something that we all aspire to," the "Breaking Bad" star, who called Baby Yoda a "beautiful, wonderful being," explained. "I play some villains, but I really love the hero and we need to be empowered by heroes today."
Watch Giancarlo Esposito on "GMA" here:
What happens in "The Mandalorian" season 2 premiere?
According to a press release, "The Mandalorian" season 2 premiere, titled "Chapter 9," follows the Mandalorian and the Child as they "continue their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire."
What happened in "The Mandalorian" season 1?
If you need a refresher on what happened in "The Mandalorian" season 1, you're not alone. Proceed with caution, as the following description sums up all the big events from the first season. Here we go:
We're introduced to Mando, who accepts a job from Greef Karga requiring him to obtain a target for "The Client" (Werner Herzog). This target is revealed to be The Child, aka Baby Yoda. After returning The Child to "The Client," Mando has a change of heart and rescues the adorable creature.
While on the run, Mando and The Child make friends with IG-11 (Taika Waititi), Kuiil (Nick Nolte) and Cara Dune, who help them on their journey. Mando eventually goes head-to-head against Moff Gideon, who is after The Child.
In the end, IG-11 and Kuiil meet their end helping Mando, while Moff Gideon, who survives his encounter with Mando and is revealed to have the Darksaber, kills "The Client." As the season ends, Mando and The Child are now on the run from Moff Gideon.
When does "The Mandalorian" series take place in the "Star Wars" timeline?
"The Mandalorian" is situated in the "Star Wars" timeline between the original trilogy and the most recent trilogy. This means the series takes place sometime between 1983's "Return of the Jedi" and 2015's "The Force Awakens."