Child Yoda’s actual identify revealed in "The Jedi"
No more child, no more baby Yoda.
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for The Mandalorian, Season 2, Episode 5, “The Jedi.”]
Some may call him the child. Others (most of them, to be honest) called him Baby Yoda. Werner Herzog called him “the baby,” as in “I’d love to see the baby,” as in what everyone says when they see an episode of The Mandalorian, that hit Disney + war of stars Series in the Pedro PascalThe masked bounty hunter flies from planet to planet and offers various favors for colorful acquaintances. But now, after “The Jedi” – written and directed by Star Wars’ animation maestro, Dave Filoni– We actually know Baby Yoda’s real name. And it’s … Grogu.
Yellow? [Checks closed captioning]
Okay, yeah, it’s grogu. While you wouldn’t be able to remove the words “Baby Yoda” from my brain with two white lightsabers, at least we know that “Grogu” is what the little green guy would put on a business card. Thanks to wayward Jedi Ahsoka Tano, who was played here for the first time in live action by Rosario Dawson– We know an amazing amount more about Grogus’ backstory. Here’s what Ahsoka said in “The Jedi”:
He was educated in the Jedi Temple in Coruscant. Many masters have trained him over the years. At the end of the Clone Wars, when the Empire came to power, it was hidden. Someone took him out of the temple. Then his memory becomes … dark. He seemed lost. Alone. I only knew another being like that. A wise Jedi master named Yoda.
This is kind of a reveal for The Mandalorian, a show that distributes information one by one. But of course we still have dozens of questions about Grogu. First, “How was there a second member of Yoda’s famously rare species who chilled in the Jedi Temple throughout the prequel series without anyone mentioning this information?” Second, “Did Yoda pop?”
All of these questions and more will likely be answered at some point by The Mandalorian, which will reach the season two finale in just three weeks. Until then, for more about the show, here’s our interview with Bo-Katan himself, Katee Sackhoff.
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