There are a whole bunch of rumours in the Internet suggesting that Pedro Pascal left The Mandalorian halfway through Season 2.
So, I wanted to really tackle this rumour and explain why you shouldn’t take it too seriously.
I’ll also go over the threats that these sorts of rumours pose to the entertainment industry and reporting on what’s going on in movies and TV shows.
Here’s the story. Serial ‘scooper’ Grace Randolph posted a The Mandalorian Season 2 trailer reaction on her YouTube channel, Beyond The Trailer.
If you don’t know why she is, she’s a pop culture YouTuber and likes to discuss all things pop culture on her channel.
She’s pretty big on YouTube and is getting very close to 1 million subscribers.
Anyway, in this trailer reaction video, she claimed that Pedro Pascal left The Mandalorian Season 2 half-way through filming.
She claimed that this is the reason why the second half of the second season won’t feature much of the show’s supposed lead character.
Why did he leave, I heard you ask?
According to Grace, Pedro had a falling out with the show’s writers and producers and it was all to do with filming some scenes without Mando’s helmet on.
The Mandalorian rumours shouldn’t be taken seriously
This ‘scoop’ of Grace’s isn’t even really worth unpicking, but the issue is that many media outlets ran with it.
People now believe that Pascal has left the show because of it.
There are so many issues here with what Grace did.
One of the first problems with her and this scoop is that she claimed she was informed by her sources.
She does this quite often and she’s not the only one.
The problem is that she is answerable to no one.
She doesn’t have an Editor she has to run things past.
She’s not a journalist, so she doesn’t have to answer to any higher powers.
A YouTuber like Grace can just make something up and there would be no way to disprove her scoops.
It’s the issue with modern-day scoopers. Most of them are YouTubers or on Twitter.
There are some people who are really good at verifying their sources.
Yet, there are a number of people out there who get sent direct messages from people who claim to be insiders and then they post it on their blog or YouTube channel.
You just can’t control it.
Disney could come out and say it’s untrue – which they haven’t yet because it could end up just dragging the whole thing out even further.
Pedro Pascal is still very much the star of The Mandalorian
The other issue with Grace’s rumour is that it makes Pedro Pascal look very unprofessional.
Leaving a show because he wanted to film scenes without Mando’s helmet on makes him look very petty.
I highly doubt that Grace really thought about this aspect of her ‘scoop’ before talking about it on her YouTube channel.
There’s also the fact that her scoop was then confirmed by Star Wars-centric YouTuber Dicktor Von Doomcock.
He claimed that Pascal went to George Lucas himself to complain about not being able to show his face on the series.
This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.
Lucas has nothing to do with Star Wars anymore, and why would Pascal go to him of all people?
I have so many issues with Doomcock, and this sort of stuff is just the tip of the iceberg.
That said, people like Doomcock and Randolph get a lot of traction online by posting these sorts of rumours and so-called ‘scoops’.
Wait for these rumours to be confirmed by journalists or YouTubers you trust
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They don’t care about whether they’re scoops end up being true or not.
All they care about are clicks and views.
They do not think about the potential consequences of their actions.
Saying that Pascal left The Mandalorian because he wanted to show his face more in the show might make people in Hollywood think twice before casting him in anything.
It makes him sound petty, which is not a good look.
Thankfully, this rumour has basically been disproven by a past interview conducted with one of Pascal’s stunt doubles, Brendan Wayne.
In this interview, which was with Vulture (a source you can trust) Brendan said the Mandalorian star is incredibly cooperative.
“The great thing about him is he’s not impressed with himself,” Wayne told Vulture.
“He’s just an actor. And I mean that in the good way, not the bad way. He likes to learn and he likes to collaborate and he’s very good at it”
It makes no sense for an actor who’s been praised for being humble ends up walking off set mere months later for something so big-headed.
So, all this to say only believe ‘scoops’ from sources and outlets you trust.
There are loads of them out there, and Grace Randolph is not one of them.
What do you make of this The Mandalorian rumour?
Do you really believe that Pedro Pascal left The Mandalorian Season 2 half-way through shooting?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.