The Mandalorian season 2 trailer featured plenty of The Child and planet-hopping, but what the teaser is hiding from viewers is even more interesting.
The release of The Mandalorian season 2 trailer last week reignited Star Wars fans’ fervor for the blockbuster Disney+ series. Last December’s season finale beautifully wrapped the show’s first eight-episode run, but it also prompted questions about where the show would go in season 2.
So far, those questions still remain. The recent trailer only gives a small glimpse at the planets that the Clan of Two will explore; it is also heavy on cute moments of The Child.
However, there’s some notable absences in the trailer as well. What’s been omitted from the teaser includes some of the most interesting aspects of the upcoming season. Here are four important things The Mandalorian season 2 trailer didn’t show:
1. Moff Gideon
Giancarlo Esposito made his grand entrance as Moff Gideon in episode 7 of season 1. His arrival marked the departure of Werner Herzog’s The Client, signaling that Gideon is the Big Bad that will likely serve as the show’s main antagonist going forward.
The last time we saw Gideon, his TIE fighter was blown out of the sky by Mando, but he emerged unhurt and wielding the Darksaber. This last glimpse of Gideon showed that he is coming into season 2 looking for revenge and he has the weapon to pull it off.
The trailer for the upcoming season, though, doesn’t feature Gideon at all. What the moff has schemed up since the finale is arguably the biggest factor coming into season 2. It’s clear that the conflict with Mando isn’t over, and we know Gideon wants The Child, so this sets up a high-stakes season.
The question remains about how large Gideon’s shadow will lurk over the Clan of Two. Will he send bounty hunters on his behalf? Will he take on Mando face-to-face? One of the most nerve-wracking parts of the first season was the constant threats that both Mando and The Child faced, and it seems that trend will only continue in season 2 — but how Gideon makes his presence felt remains unseen.