WARNING: The following contains spoilers from the second season of The Mandalorian.
Lauren Mary Kim, a seasoned stunt actor and martial artist, has been making waves this past year for her work in two Star Wars productions. She did motion capture for the character of Ahsoka Tano in the series finale of The Clone Wars and she doubled for Emily Swallow’s the Armorer in the season one finale of The Mandalorian.
The Nerds of Color interviewed Kim on her work on both shows over the summer. While she couldn’t reveal at the time as to whether or not she returned to do stunt work on the recently wrapped second season of The Mandalorian, she made it clear that she would love to work again in the Star Wars universe.
Viewers who watched the credits or did a search on IMDB afterwards will have discovered that Kim did, in fact, do stunt work on not one, but four out of the eight episodes this season. Each of the characters she took on were all very distinct, and as such, the same could be said about the stunts as well. Here’s a rundown of all the characters Kim performed stunts for in season two of The Mandalorian:
- Koska Reeves
This badass Mandalorian portrayed by WWE’s Sasha Banks fights alongside Bo-Katan Kryze as part of the Night Owls unit. Together, they are on a mission to help Bo-Katan get the darksaber from Moff Gideon and retake their home planet of Mandalore once and for all.
Kim seamlessly fills in for Banks in moments of quick and lethal attacks that only a Mandalorian can execute. She doubled for Koska in “Chapter 11: The Heiress” and “Chapter 16: The Rescue.”
- Morgan Elsbeth
A survivor of genocide and merciless magistrate of Calidan, Morgan rules the town with fear, all the while dealing with the ongoing attacks from Force wielder, Ahsoka Tano. The fate of the town eventually comes down to — what appears to be — the first duel between two women in a live-action Star Wars production. While Morgan is not one with the Force, she definitely holds her own with the aid of a spear made of pure beskar.
Kim doubled for fellow stunt actor and martial artist, Diana Lee Inosanto, to make this character the ruthless warrior she is in “Chapter 13: The Jedi.”
- Fennec Shand
After being left for dead on the desert planet of Tatooine last season, this elite mercenary and assassin is back in action thanks to the rescue efforts of Boba Fett, whom she now works alongside. The two arrive on Tython the same time Grogu is reaching out into the Force, and agree with Din the return of Boba’s armor, while ensuring the safety of the child. Fennec keeps up their end of the deal to the max as she takes on oncoming stormtroopers like a boss.
Kim actually did previs (short for previsualization) for Ming-Na Wen’s character last season, but this was her first time doubling for her. Catch Kim’s stunt work as Fennec in “Chapter 14: The Tragedy.”
It’s fair to say that it’s going to be a while before we know at all if Kim will continue doing stunts for The Mandalorian. Until the third season’s release, aside from re-watching the available seasons on Disney+, be sure to also check out this homage to the show — as well as the most accurate way to fight for Grogu — Kim did with fellow stunt actor, Amy Johnston.