The Mandalorian, which dropped its second episode via Disney+ on Friday, is a thrillingly great addition to the expanded Star Wars universe that’s helping fans forgive and forget the franchise's recent stumbles (i.e. Solo).
In a Screen Slam interview that's been making the rounds, star Pedro Pascal let loose some specifics regarding one of the show's central mysteries: the actual name of the main character. He also spoke on his infuences when crafting the character, noting the movies he and director Jon Favreau discussed early into the series' development.
"The Mandalorian character—whose name is Dyn Jarren—is your iconically cool, flawed, mysterious loner gunslinger that harkens to the best of the samurai movies and the westerns," Pascal said. "And in talking to Jon, I asked him 'What should I be looking at?' I know he loves movies, I love movies. 'What would you like me to watch?' I asked him and he immediately brought up Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa, Yojimbo, The Good The Bad and The Ugly. [The character is] very samurai, Clint, and me."
See the full interview above, which also sees Pascal recalling his initial meeting with Favreau, ahead of which he didn't know whether he was being summoned for "a feature or a cereal box."
In related news, this indeed complicates those Boba Fett whisperings.