The first-ever live-action Star Wars show is set to launch on November 12th, 2019 on Disney+, the Mouse House’s upcoming streaming service. The show is being written by Iron Man director Jon Favreau, who joins Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson as executive producers. But if you’re only knowledge of Star Wars comes from the films, you may be wondering what an Earth a Mandalorian is, aside from they appear to look like Boba and Jango Fett. But even the two Fetts aren’t Mando; so what gives?
Mandalorians are a race of people who hail from the planet Mandalore. During the events of The Clone Wars, the planet is under the control of Duchess Satine of the New Mandalorian political movement, a pacifist who wants to create a new dawn that relies less on the warrior history of the planet and more on diplomatic solutions. Prior to this era, the planet was known for its clans of fearsome and brilliant warriors, which made them the perfect mercenary or bounty hunter. It wasn’t long until that quest for bloodshed lead to some Mandalorians to start a crusade to conquer other systems, waging war and pillaging as they went.
Of course, all that ruckus caught the attention of the Jedi Order as the Mandalorians began to leave the Outer Rim territories. After taking heavy losses due to the Jedi’s mastery of the Force, the Mandos began developing their trademark amour and weapons to be resistant to the ways of the Force while developing new combat styles to go toe to toe with lightsabers. These advancements gave the Mandos an edge in combat as the Mandalorian-Jedi War raged on.
But the Mandalorians didn’t only fight Jedi over the years; they also fought each other and all that warfare eventually left it’s mark on the planet of Mandalore as a cataclysm left the planet a barren wasteland during the conflict with the Jedi. This forced the people of Mandalore to live in isolated domed cities.
After the Civil War, the Duchess came into power and decided she had enough of war and declared Mandalore a pacifist planet. This didn’t gel well with some, such as Governor Pre Vizsla (Jon Favreau), who brought back the splinter cell Death Watch to oppose Satine and keep the warrior traditions alive.
Vizla allied himself with Darth Maul and the duo brought the system to its knees with the Shadow Collective. This lead directly to The Siege of Mandalore, an event that will be explored fully in the upcoming season of The Clone Wars.
The Empire came years later and took over the planet. Some of the clans and Houses joined the Empire, such as Clan Saxon, while others defied them, including Fenn Rau. This lead to further in-fighting and started yet another Civil War.
We do know that the show The Mandalorian takes place five years after Return of the Jedi and that it will explore the Mandalorians as well as the Imperial Remnant. Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Narcos) stars as a yet to be named Mandalorian bounty hunter operating in the Unknown Regions. He is of Mandalore, unlike Jango and Boba Fett who merely wore the armour. Considering he’s likely in his 30s, he grew up during Imperial Occupation. Whether or not he likes them or not remains to be seen.