The Mandalorian Season 2 was a defining season for Baby Yoda, and fans of the Disney+ series learned a whole lot about the little green creature as Din Djarin continued his trek across the galaxy in search of a Jedi to train his little friend. He eventually found about the best Jedi possible to train The Child, but this thing isn't about Luke Skywalker.
The following is a breakdown of all the major things we learned about Baby Yoda, including its actual name we'll get into in a moment. Remember this kid could be the future of the Star Wars franchise, so it's imperative we store these little factoids in the memory bank until Disney decides to make this kid a full-fledged hero of his own standalone series or movie trilogy.
Obviously, spoilers from Season 2 of The Mandalorian ahead...
Baby Yoda's Name Is Grogu
In the grand scheme of things, revealing Baby Yoda's name as Grogu was not the biggest moment of The Mandalorian Season 2. And yet, it was one of the biggest things fans wanted to know about the character, and the response to the reveal was somewhat mixed. Some people have embraced the name of Grogu to the fullest, while others have adamantly clung to the nickname "Baby Yoda" even though the creature likely isn't an offspring of the Jedi Master.
Personally, I was just happy to hear Din refer to Grogu by his name and the little noise Grogu would make when someone said his name. From a story perspective, the reveal did more towards confirming the bond the two gained in a short amount of time and made the goodbye between the two a lot sadder than if he never knew his name. Plus, it's not like his name was ever going to be some major groundbreaking reveal, so better that Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni put it out there now rather than building suspense.
Grogu's Command Of The Force Briefly Seemed To Exceed That Of Darth Vader
Remember that scene back in "The Tragedy" where Grogu was fending off the Stormtroopers? While many casual fans of The Mandalorian Season 2 may have seen that and moved on, there were some die-hards who flipped over the unprecedented moment that just went down in the scene. For those who want to re-watch the scene, notice that Grogu force chokes not one, but two people simultaneously.
That may not seem like a big deal, but consider that Darth Vader never choked more than one person at a time on screen the entirety of his run in the Star Wars movie saga. If this is something he was capable of doing, we never saw it demonstrated. Considering even the weakened Vader is considered one of the stronger Force-sensitives in the official Star Wars canon, it's pretty impressive Grogu can pull this off considering his relatively young age. With the proper training, Baby Yoda could quickly be a Jedi to be reckoned with, and with the wrong training, he could almost certainly become a great villain of the universe.
Baby Yoda Has Some Darkness Within Him
Speaking of Darth Vader, The Mandalorian Season 2 delivered some disturbing news when Din and Grogu met up with Ahsoka Tano. Ahsoka was believed to be a strong candidate to train Baby Yoda but told Din she would not after witnessing the immense fear in him due to the trauma he suffered in the years following his escape from the Jedi Temple. As Yoda famously said, fear is a path to the Dark Side.
Ahsoka Tano knows this well and knows how the Dark Side ultimately consumed her former Jedi Master Anakin Skywalker. Perhaps it's because she saw the good in Anakin that she couldn't bring herself to fall into the spell of Grogu's cuteness, knowing the evil that he could become one day if he turns.
He Has A Fondness For Eating Creatures
Season 1 saw Baby Yoda eat a frog whole, but that didn't hold a candle to what he did in The Mandalorian Season 2. We first saw The Child devour a passenger's eggs, which in fairness, were just larger frogs. We also saw him chow down on a spiderling, which was once again something he took down with not much trouble at all.
As far as what that means, we have no idea. Perhaps Grogu just had a really rough life and learned to like things that may be unpalatable to others. We really don't know what's normal for Baby Yoda's species to like and not like, only that he can wolf down living things without much of a struggle at all. He also seems to like human food as well, so at this point I'm mostly interested in what he won't eat.
His Bond With The Mandalorian Is Strong
Though it may have been implied in Season 1, Ahsoka Tano confirmed to Din Djarin that Baby Yoda had taken quite a liking to him. The two had forged a bond throughout their time together, despite the ups and downs of trying to keep The Child safe throughout their journey. I'm not sure Din would've won parent of the year for his guardianship, but he did well enough to ensure Grogu made it to the next step of his journey in one piece.
This made it all the more heartbreaking when Luke Skywalker arrived to take Baby Yoda, and The Child hesitated to leave with the Jedi Master. He didn't want to leave Din without at least having his permission, and while it seemed like the Mandalorian didn't want that to happen either, he knew this was the safest option for Grogu. Still, one has to wonder if the two will meet again given their connection, and what may happen when they do.
Baby Yoda Will Be Trained By Luke Skywalker
As previously mentioned, Grogu went off with Luke Skywalker to be trained to become a Jedi at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2. The two, plus R2-D2, were set to ship off to some planet, where Luke would take some time to train Baby Yoda in the ways of the Force.
This moment, while awesome, created a lot of questions for what's in store for Grogu's future. Exactly how long did Luke train Grogu before training Ben, and is it possible the two were trained at the same time? Was Grogu killed when Ben destroyed the Jedi Temple? We just don't have the answers to these questions, but hopefully, Star Wars will give us an answer down the stretch.
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