Why The Mandalorian Fans Probably Shouldn't Worry Too Much About Baby Yoda In Season 1

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Warning! The following may contains spoilers for a part of The Mandalorian Season 2. Read at your own risk!

Disney+ launched with a handful of originals in early November, but it's safe to say only one has dominated mainstream conversation since its launch. The Mandalorian is a hit, and while there are plenty of people who love the lone gunslinger and his blaster-happy ways, many more are thrilled by the introduction of "Baby Yoda." The creature has been the subject of many memes and discussion, but with its life very much in jeopardy, some have worried this story features a real tragic fate for the character.

Well, there's a chance some can breathe easier thanks to Star Wars director Rian Johnson. Johnson revealed he recently visited the set of The Mandalorian, and revealed an interesting bit of info perhaps not realizing showrunner Jon Favreau and crew were well into working on Season 2.

He’s amazing! I visited the set of The Mandalorian a month ago, and I spotted Baby Yoda in the corner and the producer shot me a look as if to say, ‘You can’t say a word!’ I’ve been holding that secret in my heart for forever now. And the memes are amazing. I’m very pro-Baby Yoda.

Rian Johnson spotted Baby Yoda on the set of The Mandalorian Season 2, which could lead to some speculation that the little green Force user will be around for the next season of the series. Johnson told The Wrap about his experience on set, presumably under the assumption he was now in the clear to reveal the character's existence. In doing so, unfortunately, he may have dropped a major spoiler for how things will shape up for the character at the end of Season 1.

With that said, Rian Johnson merely stated that he saw the character. The puppet could've been on display in the corner of an office, and wasn't necessarily rehearsing lines on set or prepping for a big scene. It's also worth mentioning Johnson said nothing about what was happening in the scene, which could mean the scene was not a good one or perhaps a flashback featuring the character.

It's hard to imagine too grim a fate for the character, though The Mandalorian has been more brutal than some expected. And let's not forget Star Wars' Episode III featured Anakin slaughtering Younglings, so this franchise isn't afraid to pull the trigger on something so traumatic. Still, one would imagine that if Rian Johnson spotted Baby Yoda on set for Season 2, it's still alive at least through the end of Season 1.

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