Ex-Imperial Shock Trooper Cara Dune (Gina Carano) teams up with The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) in a new image from the upcoming Star Wars TV series. The first Star Wars television show of its kind (that is, non-animated), The Mandalorian will begin to explore the three-decade gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and picks up five years after the destruction of the second Death Star and the Galactic Empire’s subsequent collapse. And much like last year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Mandalorian shifts its focus to the galaxy’s criminal underbelly, in an effort to distance itself from the central Skywalker Saga.
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Of course, while The Mandlorian takes place far away from the reaches of the New Republic, that doesn’t mean it won’t comment on the larger struggle for control in the Star Wars galaxy. The Mandalorian trailer (which debuted at the 2019 D23 Expo last month) even highlighted a few characters who’re all too connected to the ongoing galactic war, a la Giancarlo Esposito’s Imperial Moff Gideon. Carano likewise showed up as ex-Imperial trooper Cara Dune – who, it appears, will unite (if begrudgingly) with The Mandalorian, as she navigates her own way in this brave new world.
EW has the exclusive on the following The Mandalorian image, which confirms that Cara Dune and Pascal’s bounty hunter will join forces at some point. In an interview with the outlet, Carano explained how the pair cross paths in the first place:
“She’s gone from planet to planet. She’s a loner. She’s strong. She runs into the Mandalorian on one of these planets that she’s hiding out on and thinks that he’s there to take her in and then their relationship escalates from there.”
“Bounty hunting is a complicated profession”, as Werner Herzog’s still under-wraps character puts it in The Mandalorian trailer, so it should be interesting to see how The Mandalorian’s job affects his alliance with Cara, especially if he gets the chance to profit from turning her over to either the remaining Imperial forces or anyone else who’s hunting her down. The pair’s dynamic could wind up resembling that between a pair of guns for hire trying to make their way in the Old West, where neither of them can ever fully trust the other. It’s the sort of moral ambiguity that the Star Wars movies haven’t often gotten the chance to examine (save, again, for Solo), which is yet another thing that makes The Mandalorian sound exciting. This also suggests the show at large will feel all the more like a western in space, even more than Star Wars films and cartoon series past have.
The lawlessness of The Mandalorian‘s setting will ultimately pave the way for the First Order’s rise to power, some twenty-five years after the events of the show. Showrunner Jon Favreau and director Dave Filoni have confirmed The Mandalorian will make it clearer how the First Order came to be in the first place, but without getting into too many (if any) specific details along the way. That’s probably for the best, though, and should allow The Mandlorian to work as an engaging, standalone narrative that simultaneously enriches the greater mythology of a galaxy far, far away.
The Mandalorian premieres Tuesday, November 12 when the Disney Plus streaming service launches.
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