The following story contains spoilers for Season 2, Episode 5 of The Mandalorian, “The Jedi.”
- It took until midway through The Mandalorian‘s second season, but we finally know Baby Yoda’s real name.
- In her first live action appearance, Ahsoka Tano (played here by Rosario Dawson) connected with The Child and learned his name: Grogu.
- The episode not only revealed Grogu’s name, but more of his backstory than ever before.
Ranking episodes of The Mandalorian is probably going to eventually be like ranking albums by your favorite musical artist, or, perhaps a more apt comparison, ranking your favorite Star Wars feature films: no one’s ever going to come to a consensus. But with the first appearance of Ahoska Tano, tons of great action, and one of the most rewarding storylines start to finish, Season 2‘s “The Jedi” should certainly be near the top of most lists. And one more bonus? The show finally gave The Child, also known as Baby Yoda, a proper name: Grogu.
Grogu? Yes, Grogu. About halfway through the episode, once Mando tracked the dual lightsaber-wielding warrior Ahsoka Tano (played in her first live action appearance by Rosario Dawson), we got our answers.
Ahsoka connects with Grogu (it’s going to take a bit of time to get used to this new name too!) using the force to share thoughts; we learn that Grogu was raised in the Jedi Temple on a planet called Coruscant (where Jyn Erso from Rogue One lived during her childhood) before the Clone Wars (which take place in the Star Wars animated series and between Episodes II and III of the prequels)and trained by Jedi masters in the ways of the force. Grogu, Ahoska says, was eventually hidden away from The Empire, which caused a lapse in memories and a fading of the powers. Remember, The Child is 50 years old. She also makes clear that he’s the only other member of this species she’s ever seen—the other being Yoda himself.
As a result, Ahoska tests Grogu’s ability; Grogu clearly still has ability and strength in the Force that we’ve seen throughout the series, but she’s reluctant to train because he’s got such a strong connection with Mando. This reminds her of Anakin Skywalker’s path toward the dark side—it was his strong connection and attachment to Padme Amidala that allowed Emperor Palpatine to manipulate him into fully embracing the dark side. Ahsoka refuses to train Grogu for this reason—but, as we see by the end of the episode, still leaves the book open.
After Mando helps Ahoska to defeat the Magistrate and free the people of the village from fear and torture, Ahsoka still refuses to train Grogu—but points the pair in a direction where they can possibly go. She directs Mando and Grogu to the planet called Tython, where Grogu can go to a seeing stone with a strong connection to the force, and choose his own fate. It’s also possible, she says, that at this point Grogu could possibly be sensed by other Jedis through the force. This is a little bit of a Chekov’s gun—clearly our heroes will be headed to Tython, and it would be a little disappointment if we didn’t see some sort of familiar Jedi who wants to train our cute little child.
Um, we know he’s probably dead, but then again we never saw Mace Windu’s body in Revenge of the Sith. And we know Boba Fett is going to fit into things again soon. And who was it that killed Boba Fett‘s father at the onset of the Clone Wars again? Oh yes, that’s right—Mace Windu. We’ll see what awaits on Tython, but our hopes are sky high for some very awesome Star Wars goodness.
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