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Entertainment Weekly give us a peek behind the curtain at season two of The Mandalorian, bringing a slew of new images from the hotly-anticipated season batch of episodes and two exclusive covers, as well as completely dismissing the two live-action ewok movies (“The last time anybody had attempted live-action Star Wars for the small screen was 1978’s infamous Holiday Special” – how dare they!) and bringing a slew of fascinating information about the new season – plenty to unpack.

Filoni and Favreau spoke once again for the show and why it hit the mark so spectacularly in its debut season.

“Quite simply: We didn’t overthink things,” Filoni says of the show’s debut season, which was inspired by the opening act of A New Hope and straightforward compared to the frenetic tangle of characters, story threads, and callbacks that filled 2019’s saga-concluding The Rise of Skywalker. “George started with these very iconic characters whose relationships are very clear, and then introduced what’s at stake — for us, the [fate of] the Child,” says Filoni. “An audience tends to enjoy a story by sticking to tropes and characters they understand — like a gunslinger in the Old West. So it was a clear story and a fun adventure even if you’ve never seen anything [in the Star Wars universe].”

Filoni’s mind is so deep into a galaxy far, far away that he often expresses his thoughts in Star Wars metaphors, such as describing his partnership with Favreau as “bringing balance to the Force.” Favreau breaks down their process: “I’ll come up with ideas and sometimes Dave will say, ‘You can’t do this in Star Wars.’ Then I’ll cite examples from the movies, or Clone Wars, to try to use as a justification. I’m like a lawyer talking to a judge; I am to him as he was to George. I won’t do anything without Dave’s approval. And to his credit, he understands that Stars Wars needs to be fun and ever-evolving.”

Oftentimes debates on making Star Wars for modern television will hinge on a bit of dialogue like, for instance, the phrase “a dime a dozen.” “There aren’t dimes in Star Wars,” Filoni says. “So how do you get that across? Or should it be avoided altogether?”

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