Pedro Pascal has been one of the surprise emerging stars on the small screen. After breaking into the game as Oberyn Martell (RIP) on Game of Thrones, he parlayed that performance into his current role as Din Djarin or as he’s better known: The Mandalorian. But the hit Disney+ show is wrapped in a bit of controversy over comments by fellow cast member Gina Carano. Pascal, quiet up until now on the issues, has finally come forward to apparently lend support to Carano. He did so in a recent Instagram post, praising the actress as well as a recent episode.
Pedro Pascal’s use of the word “indomitable” to describe Gina Carano isn’t likely something he posted lightly. It’s wildly known that Carano is wrapped into a bit of political and societal quagmire around some of her recent social media posts. Last week, Carano posted a couple of messages that rubbed fans the wrong way. One had to do with her aversion to wearing masks during the pandemic and another hinted at voter fraud from the recent Presidential election. Both landed like lead weights among The Mandalorian and petitions went up almost immediately calling for the actress’s ouster from the show.
That being said, even with ramped up calls for her to be removed from the cast, almost no one on The Mandalorian cast or crew had spoken up concerning the messaging. Pedro Pascal appears to be the first to lend his support to Carano in this matter with the Instagram post leaving very little room for interpretation around what he believes about her character. Sure, there are continued rumors that Disney is looking for a way to remove Carano and her Cara Dune character, but those look like only rumors right now.
For her part, Carano refused to back down from her comments, in fact even leaning the other direction and essentially doubling down on the messaging in a recent reply to fans. Whether this ends up being the death knell for a character who’d well-received and almost praised in terms of a strong female role remains to be seen.
Pedro Pascal’s post references the most recent episode of The Mandalorian, “Chapter 12: The Siege”. It was directed by Carl Weathers who also has a role as Greef Karga. That episode put the show into the news cycle again for something, well, not all that complimentary. In one of the scenes, during a shootout with Karga and Dune, a production crew member can be seen off to the side dressed in a very non-intergalactic outfit. He’s clearly wearing blue jeans, a far cry from what we used to seeing in the space drama. It was a clear mistake in editing.
Whether Pedro Pascal’s presumed support starts other in the cast and crew to come out in *defense* of Gina Carano is anyone’s guess. But the star of the show lending some backing to a fellow castmate could cause others to feel more comfortable doing the same. This story still very much has legs and if fans continue putting pressure on, the studio could be in a precarious situation. Having to choose between fan outrage and the current cast is a tough spot. Pedro Pascal may have just made the decision more difficult.