The trailer for season 2 of The Mandalorian just dropped recently, and Mando and Baby Yoda — er, The Child — are back.
However, when the trailer dropped, so did some news surrounding the less-than-savory behavior of Mando himself, actor Pedro Pascal.
Apparently, Pascal isn’t much of a joy to have on set, at least not if you’re part of the Mandalorian creative team.
YouTuber Grace Randolph, who runs Beyond the Trailer, has been hinting at some behind-the-scenes drama for a few weeks now. But once the new trailer was released, she finally decided to spill the beans.
According to Randolph’s sources, Pascal wanted more face time — quite literally.
If you’ve seen the show or know literally anything about Mandalorians, you know they don’t take their helmets off. No one is ever allowed to see their faces.
In the words of Mando himself, “This is the way.”
As it turns out, Pascal really wanted to break that rule. He wanted more scenes with the titular Mandalorian’s helmet off so we could see his lovely mug on screen.
Randolph said she was ready to share the “disappointing” scoop “because now I’ve had two sources confirm it.”
“While filming season 2, Pedro Pascal really wanted to have some scenes with his helmet off,” said Randolph. And according to her sources, it caused a rift between Pascal and the Mandalorian creative team.
Look, I get it. As an actor, Pascal wants his lovely mug on screen so folks can see him. But that is not “the way.” The series has clearly established that Mandalorians don’t reveal their faces to anyone.
Certainly Pascal was aware of this when he signed on for the series.
The first season got around it by letting Mando reveal his face to a droid, who isn’t a “person.” But moving forward into season 2, there’s no way they could keep doing this over and over again.
“The Mandalorian creative team wouldn’t budge on this,” Randolph explained. “So Pedro Pascal, from what I’ve heard from two sources now, was frustrated about this and also was pretty darn uncomfortable in the Mando suit on set. So he became difficult.”
She continued, “The final straw, even though he was difficult to be around on set, the final straw was that he went to Lucasfilm, from what I heard from my sources, to try and get them to intervene on his behalf.”
Yes, you read that correctly. Pascal tried to go above Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni in an effort to get his way.
Things between Pascal and the creative team devolved, and the creative team even told him to take a hike.
“So when Pedro Pascal went to Lucasfilm, the Mando team was like, ‘You know what? You should just go.’ And Pedro Pascal did,” Randolph revealed. “So that happened about halfway through filming.”
Supposedly this led to a reconfiguration of the series going forward — with less focus on Mando himself.
So, was Mando written out of the second half of season 2? Or, perhaps they took whatever footage they shot of Pascal before the blowout and spread it throughout the season?
I guess the only way to find out is to tune in when season 2 hits Disney+.
Of course, it’s unclear how this will affect the fan-favorite show moving forward. Hopefully he will return for season 3.
Season 2 of The Mandalorian is set to premiere on Disney+ October 30th.