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The Mandalorian Stunt Coordinator Talks About the Challenges of Season 2

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  1. SWNN Probe

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    Earlier this week, The Hollywood Reporter released an interview with Ryan Watson, the Emmy-winning stunt coordinator of The Mandalorian, who revealed a lot of behind-the-scenes secrets about how the second season of the show came to be.



    On the show overall, he said:



    And this is something coming from a guy who worked on Batman V Superman and Wonder Woman. One of the biggest challenges of the second season was, of course, the long-awaited fight between Moff Gideon, wielding the Darksaber, and Din Djarin, wielding the Beskar spear he earned earlier in the season. That fight, of course, was largely overshadowed by the epic end of the episode, with Luke Skywalker coming to The Rescue. However, that was not the approach they took when preparing it, because according to Watson they spent an entire month rehearsing it.



    On Moff Gideon's side, it was Giancarlo Esposito wielding the saber, but it was not Pedro Pascal who wore Mando's armor, but his Brazilian stunt-double Lateef Crowder. About him, Watson said:



    Esposito rose to the occasion, and the result was a fight that felt real. When rehearsing, the two used bamboo swords, and when filming, they typically use half-swords for safety purposes. The rest of the sword is added later in post-production. The problem was that Esposito's half-saber broke. Watson said:



    Watson then confirmed something that Esposito had been talking about all summer long - during filming he actually broke several swords.



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    That was not the only duel of season 2, as Chapter 13: The Jedi brought back fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano played by Rosario Dawson, who faced the villainous Morgan Elsbeth, played by Diana Lee Inosanto. According to Watson, that was the most high-pressure fight of the season, because of the baggage that a live-action Ahsoka brings to the table. Watson said:



    However, samurai fights were different, as there were actual swords and not lightsabers:



    He also added that the stunts are such an integral part of the show that a person's experience with weapons is considered part of the casting process. This goes both ways because, as he explains, what sells the stunt is ultimately the actor and their performance:



    The next chapter of the story of The Mandalorian will come through a limited-run spin-off series The Book of Boba Fett this December. The third season of The Mandalorian will arrive some point after that series airs.



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    Love me some stunt coordination.

    Seriously, these people don't get enough credit.
     
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    Waiting for a new season. Love this series and little Yoda!
     
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    They do awesome work that needs more credit and spotlight! Very underrated
     
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