It's not that surprising to be obsessed with Baby Yoda, aka The Child, after The Mandalorian Season 1. But Giancarlo Esposito's character Moff Gideon wasn't exactly looking for a new toy. What did he want? We're going to find out more in The Mandalorian Season 2 but we can get some hints right now.
Giancarlo Esposito confirmed that he'll be back in a larger role in Season 2, which makes sense since The Mandalorian Season 1 ended with a shot of his Moff Gideon standing on his TIE Fighter wielding the Darksaber. The shock of seeing the Darksaber distracted a lot of fans, but back to the big picture -- why does Moff Gideon want Baby Yoda?
Well, Giancarlo Esposito can't come right out and say why, but he made it clear he knows why and he's willing to share a clue:
Yes, as Giancarlo Esposito told IGN, Moff Gideon does seem to know a lot about what's going on. He knew Cara Dune's full name and that she's from Alderaan. He knew Mando's name was Din Djarin. He has the Darksaber, somehow. And he knows a lot more about Baby Yoda than we do after The Mandalorian Season 1. As he told our team:
Why? Giancarlo Esposito mentioned science. As Bustle noted, one theory about Moff Gideon is that he wants to use Baby Yoda to form the First Order. That could connect back to Dr. Pershing's experiments on The Child in The Mandalorian Season 1 Episode 3/Chapter 3. In that episode, it was noted that they needed to "extract the necessary material" from Baby Yoda. What material? Midi-chlorians?
The Mandalorian is set just a few years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, the final movie in the original trilogy. So the Disney+ series bridges the gap between the original trilogy and the sequel trilogy with The Force Awakens. Fans have been speculating whether The Mandalorian's storyline might connect to Snoke, or I guess Emperor Palpatine.
Whatever the case, Giancarlo Esposito has to work to not get mushy over Baby Yoda on set. He previously gushed about Baby Yoda's cuteness and "brilliant intelligence." He just told IGN his four daughters watch the show and they warned him not to hurt the baby. He joked that he would "squash that little big-eared bastard," but in real life he loves Baby Yoda too:
Yes "a spell" is one way to describe the past two months since The Mandalorian arrived on Disney+. The world -- and especially Laura Dern? -- caught Baby Yoda fever and it's probably going to stay viral until Season 2 arrives. Series creator Jon Favreau already confirmed when we can expect Season 2 while sharing an intriguing photo. Meanwhile, Giancarlo Esposito can also be seen returning to Better Call Saul as Gus Fring in the new season that premieres February 23 on AMC.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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