The Mandalorian season 1 is over. While the hit Star Wars show is set to return on Disney+ next year, people are already canceling their subscription to the streaming service, at least until Baby Yoda and Mando are back for more in 2020. Disney+ launched earlier this year, with The Mandalorian serving as its flagship show. That worked to draw in subscribers out of the gate, but keeping them around in the long haul may prove to be a bit more challenging.
Following The Mandalorian season 1 finale, quite a few Star Wars fans took to Twitter to reveal that they are canceling the service. Since Disney hasn't reported on the numbers officially, it's hard to know if this is a relatively small number of people, or if quite a few others not boasting about it on social media are doing the same. One Twitter user shared a screenshot of the form asking why they chose to cancel Disney+ and the reasoning provided was nothing shy of brilliant. After checking the "other" box, the user filled in the following response.
"The Mandalorian is over. This is the way."
Disney+ launched in November and represents a massive part of the studio's future. The entertainment landscape is increasingly dominated by streaming, largely thanks to what Netflix has been able to accomplish in the space over the last handful of years. But this shows the danger of luring subscribers in with a bit or two of flashy content. Once that's been consumed, what reason do they truly have to stick around? It's a question Disney will need to answer in the months, and years, to follow.
Netflix, for example, holds licenses for content from various studios, in addition to investing literal billions into original content every year. That has helped them boost their subscriber count to more than 150 million worldwide. Disney+ launched with very strong numbers out of the gate, amassing more than 10 million subscribers just one day after its launch in the U.S. But if a number of those subscribers are going to bail when the show they're tuning in for is over, that could prove to be problematic. HBO, similarly, saw quite a few subscribers leave once Game of Thrones ended its run.
The cast for The Mandalorian includes Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. And let's not forget the breakout star Baby Yoda, who is played by both a practical puppet on set and a mix of CGI when needed. Series creator Jon Favreau is currently working on season 2, which he recently confirmed will be arriving in fall 2020. An Obi-Wan Kenobi series and a Rogue One prequel show centered on Cassian Andor are also in development for Disney+ on the Star Wars side of things. Plus, the new season of The Clone Wars arrives in February. This news was previously reported by Comicbook.com.