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The Mandalorian Season 2 Premiere Date And Time Is Almost Here

The time to journey back to the galaxy far, far away is nigh. 

Disney and Lucasfilm's first-ever live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian, created by Marvel Cinematic Universe star and prolific filmmaker Jon Favreau, is fast approaching its second season on the Disney+ streaming service. After premiering to rave reviews and endearing the entire world to a little guy called the Child (better known as Baby Yoda) in mid-November 2019, The Mandalorian ran for eight thrilling episodes across its first season, which wrapped on December 27, 2019. 

It isn't even a year later, and the series is already returning for another eight chapters centered on the adventures of Baby Yoda, his protector Din Djarin (more commonly referred to as the Mandalorian or simply "Mando"), and the many people trying to intercept their journey and claim the valuable creature for themselves. Fans will be able to stream the first episode of The Mandalorian season 2 on Disney+ on Friday, October 30 at 12 AM PT (3 AM ET), with new episodes dropping weekly thereafter.

How, where, and when to watch The Mandalorian season 2

Streaming the season 2 premiere is as easy as booting up Disney+ on Friday, October 30 at the time of its premiere (midnight if you're on the west coast of the United States, 3 AM if you're on the east coast) and diving right in. For those who don't yet have a Disney+ subscription (and thus haven't seen even the first season of The Mandalorian), the streaming platform offers one set monthly rate: $6.99 USD. If you'd rather pay for a full year ahead of time, that will run you $69.99 USD. And if you're someone who'd be interested in bundling a Disney+ subscription with access to Hulu (the ad-supported plan) and shows and events on ESPN+, you can do so for $12.99 USD per month.

Disney+ is compatible with a slew of different devices and apps: Amazon Fire TV, devices with Android TV, AppleTV, Chromecast, LG TV, Roku, Samsung, MacOS computers, Windows PC computers, Chrome OS computers, Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, Amazon Fire Tablets, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One consoles. Basically, if you have a Disney+ subscription and want to watch The Mandalorian, you can stream it anywhere, anytime, on any device you own. Those who need to catch up on The Mandalorian season 1 are also in luck: All eight chapters are available to stream right this minute.

What are The Mandalorian season 2 episode runtimes?

According to the episode's stats as listed on IMDb, the season 2 premiere of The Mandalorian will be 40 minutes long — as will the subsequent seven installments. It's likely that each episode will actually vary in length, however, as that was the case with the show's first season. Episodes of The Mandalorian season 1 bounced up and down from 39 minutes in length (the season 1 premiere) to 31 minutes, 37 minutes, 41 minutes, 35 minutes, 43 minutes, 41 minutes, and finally 48 minutes (the season 1 finale). 

Based on that pattern, it's plausible that The Mandalorian season 2 episodes' runtimes won't all be exactly 40 minutes; instead, they'll probably range from about 30 minutes at the shortest to just under 50 minutes at the longest.

The Mandalorian season 2 premiere episode has someone important at the helm

Apart from the obvious excitement surrounding the series' impending season 2 debut — the continuation of the story, finding out what will happen next, and unraveling the questions left over from The Mandalorian season 1 — the episode will be special in a way that many might not recognize: The show's creator wrote and directed it.

Jon Favreau wrote the first four episodes of The Mandalorian's freshman season, then penned the seventh and eighth episodes. Surprisingly, though, he didn't direct any of the chapters, instead selecting a talented team of filmmakers and TV helmers to work their magic in this corner of the Star Wars universe. (Season 1's directors included Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Taika Waititi. Season 2 will see the return of Filoni, Famuyiwa, and Howard, and bring aboard Peyton Reed, Robert Rodriguez, and Carl Weathers as episodic directors.) For season 2, Favreau again wrote all but two episodes — and he's directing at least one as well. Favreau is both the writer and director of The Mandalorian's season 2 premiere, marking the first time he's done double duty in that regard on the project he created. Perhaps that means extra Easter eggs and subtle references tucked into the action? One can only dream.

Start counting down the days until The Mandalorian returns with season 2 on Friday, October 30.