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Gina Carano returns to 'The Mandalorian' and Twitter has mixed feelings: 'I'm so mad'

Actress's character Cara Dune makes her Season 2 debut amid backlash over her divisive social media posts on the election, trans rights, COVID restrictions and cancel culture, as #FireGinaCarano trends.
Warning: This post contains spoilers for the latest episode of The Mandalorian.

The Mandalorian’s date with Clone Wars fan favorite Ahsoka Tano is going to have to wait for another week... or two. En route to the Jedi-trained warrior’s current location on the forest moon of Corvus at the beginning of the latest episode, “The Seige,” Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Baby Yoda were forced to make a pit stop on the Outer Rim planet Nevarro for necessary ship maintenance. On the plus side, that layover allowed them to reunite with some comrades-in-arms: Mando’s former boss, Greef Karga (Carl Weathers, who also directed the episode) and mercenary-turned-Marshal Cara Dune (Gina Carano), one of the breakout characters from the show’s first season.

While Din and his tiny green traveling companion were all smiles at seeing Cara Dune again, Carano’s return received a decidedly mixed response among Star Wars fandom. In recent months, the actress and former MMA star has used her Twitter feed to express increasingly divisive views about issues ranging from the recent presidential election and the use of trans pronouns, to COVID restrictions and cancel culture. This past week, Carano announced that she was joining the conservative social media platform Parler, following the lead of such right-wing commentators and politicians as Ted Cruz and Sean Hannity.

Gina Carano returned as Cara Dune on the latest episode of 'The Mandalorian' (Photo: Disney+)Gina Carano returned as Cara Dune on the latest episode of 'The Mandalorian' (Photo: Disney+)
Gina Carano returned as Cara Dune on the latest episode of 'The Mandalorian' (Photo: Disney+)

But Carano hasn’t entirely abandoned Twitter. When “The Seige” dropped on Disney+ overnight, she thanked Weathers for the “huge honor” of acting alongside him in an episode he directed. The Rocky star replied in kind, writing, “You know I think you’re the bomb.”

Acting next you was already a huge honor @TheCarlWeathers but being directed by you, instilled a calm confidence & fire. I loved seeing the sparkle in your eyes accompanied with that huge grin when you know we got it right. Thanks for being my coach.

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