Rick Famuyiwa, who directs Episode 2 of Disney+'s Star Wars series The Mandalorian, admits he feels "a lot of pressure" following the explosive ending to the premiere.
"I was super pumped to sort of be able to come in and do the second one because there's so much that the end of the first episode sort of shook up and really changed for our main character," he told Variety. "I love that I would be the person in the aftermath of that...or maybe I shouldn't."
The Mandalorian premiered with the launch of Disney+ and garnered high praise from critics and fans for its style, tone and movie-level quality. Created by Iron Man director Jon Favreau, the Star Wars spinoff series follows an unnamed bounty hunter (played by Pedro Pascal) and his adventures in a post-Return of the Jedi galaxy.
"Chapter 1" ends with the reveal that the protagonist's latest bounty was actually a baby, and not just any baby, but a baby of the same species as iconic Star Wars character Yoda. The infant has been referred to online as "Baby Yoda," though there is certainly more to the story.
There have been very few depictions of members of that species besides Yoda (a female character named Yaddle appears in The Phantom Menace), so -- for Star Wars fans -- this was an incredibly shocking way to end an already exciting pilot episode.
Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. The first episode is streaming now on Disney+.