The most recent two episodes of The Mandalorian may not have given us much in the way of additional information about Baby Yoda, with Mando getting repeatedly drawn into side-quests involving sub-light-speed detours and Katee Sackhoff, but they did deliver a running joke that built on the little green scamp’s penchant for eating everything in sight.
This behavior was first displayed early in season one, when The Child gulped down a frog while his new adopted dad wasn’t looking—and in “The Passenger,” B.Y. sets his sights on a new snack: the unfertilized eggs of the alien hitching a ride aboard the Razor Crest.
In the same episode, he also chows down on a gross-looking alien spider, and in “The Heiress” he gets a little taste of his own medicine when a squid-like creature jumps out of his chowder and latches onto his face — both of which pay homage to the sci-fi classic Alien in a funny way. But a lot of screen time is dedicated to the frogspawn.
The longing looks Baby Yoda gives that container full of eggs has the same wistful energy that Margot Robbie conveyed in Harley Quinn’s love affair with her egg sandwich inBirds of Prey (the greatest love story in recent cinematic history). But what if there is more to The Child’s connection to those eggs than mere hunger?
In a recent video on the New Rockstars YouTube channel, Erik Voss breaks down a theory which might explain why Baby Yoda is so fixated on those eggs. Specifically, that he is drawn to them because they provide “a sense of familiarity; a sense of home.” If he has seen them before, it might just be possible that the frog lady with whom Mando and the Child have been traveling could hold the key to unveiling the Child’s home planet.
Voss points out that the fact Frog Lady has not been given an official name, and that her species has not been identified, is highly unusual for Star Wars, which usually goes deep on the lore every time a new character is introduced, however minor they might be to the story. He goes on to speculate that an amphibious alien could feasibly have origins on the same world as Yoda’s species, as George Lucas based the original character’s designs at least partially on a frog-like figure.
If Baby Yoda does indeed come from the same planet as the Frog Lady’s species, then it would make sense, Voss reasons, that they would gravitate towards him in their tank, and that his penchant for eating them might mean he is a “natural predator” in their ecosystem.
Check out the video below for Voss’s full theory, which includes an argument that Baby Yoda could hail from the same planet as Princess Leia herself, Alderaan.
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