When production on the series was first reported, Sophie Thatcher was said to be joining the Mandalorian franchise but it was unknown in which series she would appear. With the series' official announcement in December 2020, Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen were confirmed to be reprising their respective roles of Boba Fett and Fennec Shand from The Mandalorian and other previous Star Wars media. Before then, Wen assumed that she was hired as a series regular for the third season of The Mandalorian. Jennifer Beals was revealed to have a role in the series in November 2021, and Thatcher was confirmed to be appearing in this series in January 2022. The character Krrsantan, a Wookiee bounty hunter introduced in Marvel Comics' Star Wars comic books, also appears in the series, portrayed by Carey Jones, while Corey Burton reprises his role as the voice of Cad Bane from the animated series The Clone Wars and The Bad Batch for the character's live-action debut.
Daniel D'Addario of Variety praised the narrative, visuals, and performances. Polygon's David Grossman said that the first episode showed the \"desperate side of Star Wars\". Maggie Lovitt at Collider expressed that the second episode \"delivered one of the best and most thematically rich episodes of Star Wars television to date\". Hannah Flint of IGN stated that without Morrison portraying Fett the show might have been a total failure, saying, \"Morrison's plain-speaking, humane antihero keeps you endeared to Boba's story\". NME's Jesse Hassenger said the show was really \"season 2.5 of The Mandalorian\" and that it \"had a baffling structure, with poorly integrated flashbacks that halted abruptly halfway through the season and an equally sudden swerve away from Boba Fett himself shortly thereafter.\" Nick Wanserski of The A.V. Club said that the show was \"very watchable\", but that it ended the same way it started: \"a mess\". The Ringer staff opined that excluding Fett from the series' penultimate two episodes negatively impacted the finale, with general praise for the tie-in to The Mandalorian (including Grogu's appearance) and Cad Bane's live-action debut (excluding his death); some opined that Fett is better in a supporting role. 59ce067264