In season one of The Mandalorian we were introduced Fennec Shand, and she returned for a larger role in season two.
Shand is introduced as an assassin who had worked for many of the top syndicates in the galaxy. She was hunted by Toro Calican, who recruited Din Djarin to his cause. Calican wound up shooting Shand, apparently killing her, but she was saved by Boba Fett in the desert of Tatooine. In his debt, she joined Fett to hunt down Djarin in search of Fett’s armor. Once in possession of it, Fett pledged to help Djarin retrieve the Child, Grogu, which Shand helped with as well.
It was great seeing her return in season two, but far more surprising was when she showed up in the first trailer for The Bad Batch! The upcoming animated series will focus on Clone Force 99 trying to survive in a post-Clone Wars galaxy, and it seems they encounter Shand along the way. And yes, the character will once again be played by Ming-Na Wen, who will voice Shand in the show. Here’s what she told StarWars.com about it:
“She’s cutting her teeth as a bounty hunter in The Bad Batch…She’s still a loner, a drifter…. There’s just a sense of more recklessness about her, just bravado. You know, a young punk. She’s more adventurous and willing to take greater risks because she doesn’t know what the consequences are.”
I think it’s awesome that Fennec Shand will be in the show, and that Ming-Na Wen is voicing her again. I’m curious to see more backstory for her character, as we will probably see her as she’s starting out as a mercenary. This might be before her time as one of the galaxy’s deadliest assassins, as this is set right at the beginning of the Empire. There’s a ton we don’t know about her, so there’s a lot of different things the series could do with her.