Though Disney+ is poised to displace Netflix as the go-to service for streaming family entertainment, the short term appeal is the new live-action Star Wars TV series, The Mandalorian. With all the hype of around the movie The Rise of Skywalker, it’s easy to forget that The Mandalorian is happening. As a refresher: This is the TV show about a bounty hunter (“The Mandalorian”) doing bounty hunter stuff in between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It looks like the gritty version of Game of Thrones but with Star Wars stuff, and is almost certainly not something you’ll be watching with the kids.
Though there are a lot of talented people behind the scenes (Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi, Deborah Chow, Rick Famuyiwa, et al.) the biggest name most people probably have associated with the show is Jon Favreau, the guy who directed the first two Iron Man flicks and who stars in the MCU as Happy Hogan;Tony Stark’s bodyguard. (He also made a small movie called Chef about a dad driving around in a food truck with his son. Just sayin!)
Anyway, if you like Iron Man, The Mandalorian is pretty much saying: here’s another thing about a guy in a sick-ass suit and, oh, this is also a Star Wars show. After the show debuts on November 12, it looks like the new episodes will drop weekly on Disney+. Here’s how that is going to shake-out.
- Episode 1: November 12 (Tuesday)
- Episode 2: November 15 (Friday)
- Episode 3: November 22 (Friday)
- Episode 4: November 29 (Friday)
- Episode 5: December 6 (Friday)
- Episode 6: December 13 (Friday)
- Episode 7: December 18 (Wednesday)
- Episode 8: December 27 (Friday)
So, it looks like The Mandalorian season 1 is only going to be 8 episodes, and will 100 percent wrap-up its run before the end of the year. However, there are a few very interesting things of note.
- Most of the episodes will drop on Fridays. However, the first episode drops on a Tuesday, which means, during that premiere week there are actually two new episodes. (11.12 and 11.15)
- The penultimate episode drops on December 18, which is just two days before The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters. Could there be a connection? Or does Disney just want to make sure you’re up and off your ass on Friday in the movie theater?
- The final episode is December 27. This is a full week after The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters.
Right now, it’s unclear what time of day the episodes will be released, but it stands to reason it will be sometime in the evening. It’s also unclear if the episodes will have individuals titles or not.
The Mandalorian, starring Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, Taika Waititi, Emily Swallow and Bill Burr hits Disney+ on November 22.