Pedro Pascal had no idea The Mandalorian would resonate with so many fans

When an actor signs on to a project, they don’t always know exactly what they’re getting themselves into. Even in the process of making the first episodes of The Mandalorian, Pedro Pascal (Din Djarin) had no idea how the show might turn out. Clearly, that didn’t stop him from diving in headfirst anyway.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pascal opened up about his uncertainty regarding the show and whether or not it and its main character would resonate with audiences. The Mandalorian was unlike anything Star Wars had ever done before. No one truly knew what to expect — even those behind and in front of the camera bringing it to life.

“[T]here were things, like, will this character be compelling? Will people want to follow him through these adventures?” Pascal told the outlet. “Will the richness of this parent-child relationship really reach everyone? So to see all of that surpass expectation is really exciting.”

The show launched in tandem with Disney+ itself, meaning Lucasfilm and Disney were both counting on the story to not only draw people in, but keep them invested (read: subscribed). Even having doubts — as anyone in his position would — Pascal trusted the men behind that story to make everyone’s hard work a worthwhile success.

“I think it was so easy to trust how much Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni love Star Wars and [how they’re] taking that love and developing new ways of telling Star Wars stories,” Pascal continued. “That’s a big safety net.”

Whether it’s Baby Yoda, the healthy mix of characters old and new, or the compelling story of a lost man trying to find his place in the galaxy, The Mandalorian‘s numerous award nominations and high praise prove audiences enjoy consuming it just as much as the creators behind the series clearly enjoy making it. Everything turned out all right in the end.

The Mandalorian Season 3 is expected to premiere on Disney+ in February 2023.

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