Thanksgiving is coming to an end and you’d love to end the day by watching the new episode of The Mandalorian. But just how long do you have to wait until the new episode is posted? This new installment to the Star Wars universe on Disney Plus may be the best thing to come to Star Wars in years. But when can you watch it or, even better, show the new episode to your friends and family? Read on for more details. This article will have spoilers for Episodes 1 through 3.
Updated: Episode 4 Just Released on November 29 at 3:24AM EST
Episode 4 of The Mandalorian is expected to release between 3:05 a.m. Eastern and 3:30 a.m. Eastern on Friday, November 29, if Disney follows the same schedule it’s used for the previous episodes. That’s between 2:05 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. Central, and between 12:05 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. Pacific on November 29.
Disney Plus has a release schedule similar to Netflix’s, but so far it’s been a little less reliable. That’s why we’re including a time window rather than a specific time. The release time tends to vary a little from week to week. There’s always a chance it will release later than 3:30 a.m. Eastern, but so far this has been the release window that Disney has followed.
Some viewers said that for Episode 2, the new episode didn’t show up for them until about 3:24 a.m. Eastern on the Disney Plus app, even though web users said they saw the episode at 3 a.m. Eastern. Others said the show appeared on their phone but not on their computer. Then the same thing happened for Episode 3. Last week, Heavy did not see Episode 3 on the app or on the website as of 3:14 a.m. Eastern. But by 3:15 to 3:20 a.m. Eastern, the episode seemed to finally be available everywhere. So it seems to take a while for the episode to propagate through all the apps once it’s posted. If the episode doesn’t show up for you right away, you can always try a different app or device. Or you might just need to wait a little longer.
So if you log into Disney+ and don’t see the new episode right at 3:05 a.m. Eastern, it should be there within about 30 minutes if Disney follows the same schedule it has used before. As mentioned before, there is a chance that Disney might release it later, but this is the schedule that Disney has consistently used for the last three episodes. Interestingly, Star Wars is not advertising the 3 a.m. release time anymore. For Episode 2, StarWars.com had a countdown to Episode 2 on its website that also indicated 3 a.m. Eastern as the expected release time. They didn’t have a countdown for Episode 3.
As far as what channel you can watch The Mandalorian on, you can only watch it on Disney+ (also referred to as Disney Plus.) It won’t be available on the Disney Channel or on any traditional TV channel. And you can’t watch it on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or through any similar streaming service. Disney+ is $6.99/month or $69.99/year, or you can bundle it with Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99/month.
There will be eight episodes in Season 1. Here’s the schedule:
- Episode 1 – November 12
- Episode 2 – Friday, November 15
- Episode 3 – Friday, November 22
- Episode 4 – Friday, November 29
- Episode 5 – Friday, December 6
- Episode 6 – Friday, December 13
- Episode 7 – December 18 (Update: Disney’s press sheet says December 18, but Friday would be December 20. We will update this when we know more.)
- Episode 8 – Friday, December 27 (season finale)
Although some shows are taking a hiatus for Thanksgiving weekend, The Mandalorian is not among them, according to the schedule Disney has released. The season finale will air between Christmas and New Year’s on December 27.
Up until this series, Yoda’s species hasn’t been discussed much. We don’t even know his species’ name, which is why everyone calls the new character Baby Yoda. The baby is actually 50 years old and fans aren’t even sure who its parents are. But they’re already in love with the baby and can’t wait to see what happens next.
Last week, we also learned a lot more about the Mandalorian’s background and culture. We learned about The Purge and that a droid found Mando as a young child during the Purge, but it’s unclear what happened after that. In the present day, when Mando decided not to side with the Empire (who destroyed the Mandalorians’ old home), the rest of the tribe sided with him and showed up to help him escape the planet with Baby Yoda. It was a phenomenal scene that fans are going to be talking about for weeks to come.