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The Mandalorian season 2 trailer reveals a mysterious new character

WWE’s Sasha Banks vanishes into the shadows

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

On Tuesday, Lucasfilm and Disney released a trailer for The Mandalorian’s second season. Fans will soon be able to catch up with the beskar-armored savior and his tiny, Force-sensitive charge. But we also get our first look at a mysterious robed woman lurking in the shadows. And no, it’s not Ahsoka Tano.

The trailer opens on a wide shot of Din Djarin’s surplus starship, the Razor Crest, orbiting a gas giant. Mando’s ship is malfunctioning, its engines barely able to keep it on course and its large cargo ramp flapping in the breeze. With the cabin lights flicker, it’s unclear if he’ll be able to make it to the Earth-like world just over the horizon.

That’s when we hear the voice of the Armorer, his spiritual guide through much of The Mandalorian’s first season.

From here things jump around quite a bit. We see Mando walking through a dark, grim urban environment filled with strange graffiti. The scene shifts to Tatooine, with a Tusken Raider riding a bantha. Then we cut to what looks like a fishing village, and that’s where our mysterious robed woman can be seen lurking in the shadows. It’s hard to make out her face, even in freeze frames captured from the trailer. Disney Plus’ press site identifies her as being played by WWE’s Sasha Banks, but we’ll have to wait to find out more about her role.

All the while we hear the Armorer repeating the legend of the Jedi, first shared with mando during season 1.

“You expect me to search the galaxy and deliver this creature to a race of enemy sorcerers?” Mando asks.

“This is the way,” the Armorer says.

Cut to a boat, with Mando and The Child sailing away on dark seas. Cut back to the Razor Crest, flanked now by X-Wings. There are chases on speeder bikes through the desert, stormtroopers and scout troopers in hot pursuit, and the Mando igniting his new toy — a powerful jetpack — to get away. It all happens very quickly, making the nearly two-minute trailer feel like a fever dream.

The trailer closes on a scene at some kind of sporting event, with two Gamorreans going at each other in a ring with axes. Mando is sitting in the audience, making nice with a one-eyed power broker of some kind. The cyclops appears to be dressed in the same kind of cool whites and greys as the Kaminoan scientist from season one.

“You know this is no place for a child,” says the cyclops.

“Wherever I go, he goes,” Mando quips.

“So I’ve heard,” says his companion.

The clip ends with a comedic moment. Mando energizes his wrist-mounted rocket launcher. As the lights flicker on, the Whistling Birds pick their targets. That’s when the Child shuts tight the hatch of his floating crib, and the Mando goes to work clearing the room of enemies.

Overall we’re left with a feeling of spiraling complexity, with more new planets and situations for our pair of heroes to overcome. The world of The Mandalorian is getting just a little bit bigger in season 2, but there are drawbacks to that exploration. It’s clear that Mando is in trouble, which is proved out by a glimpse of the Razor Crest plummeting from orbit inside a ball of fire.

Watching it, I was reminded of Star Wars: A New Hope, when Obi-Wan Kenobi asks Han Solo to avoid any “Imperial entanglements.” From the looks of this trailer, it seems unlikely that the Mandalorian will be able to avoid those entanglements any more than old Ben did.

Season 2 of The Mandalorian begins streaming on Oct. 30 on Disney Plus.

Update: Following the release of the trailer Tuesday morning, speculation among Star Wars fans is high that Sasha Banks’ character could be Sabine Wren, a pivotal character from Star Wars Rebels. The character has been rumored to be involved in season 2 for some time.

Notably, Wren is a full-blooded Mandalorian. That puts her in possible possession of the fancy boots and the jingly walk noted at the conclusion of The Mandalorian’s season 1, chapter 5, titled “The Gunslinger.” She’s also about the right age for Banks. The Wookiepedia puts Wren’s birthday in 21 BBY (before the Battle of Yavin). The Mandalorian occurs roughly around 9 ABY (after the Battle of Yavin), meaning both Wren and Banks are in their 30s. Most importantly, however, Wren previously trained with the Darksaber alongside Jedi Kanan Jarrus. It makes sense that she’d be involved in the hunt for the legendary weapon.

Additionally, that timeline also jibes with Ahsoka Tano. She should be in her 40s, same as actress Rosario Dawson.

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