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Jon Favreau Explains That ‘Baby Yoda” Is Not Yoda

It was mid-November last year when the long anticipated Disney+ streaming service finally launched and with that the first episode of the highly anticipated Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, which introduced us to a Mandalorian bounty hunter that takes on a bounty that ends up changing his life forever when while teaming up with a hunting droid IG-11, finds an infant of what seems to be the same species of Yoda. This was a very important piece of the series that Disney did a fantastic job of keeping it a secret until the episode premiered. Of course, this took the internet by storm where the child was immediately given the name of “Baby Yoda”.

Until the eighth and final episode of the series, we have seen the more and more of what this infant is capable of who is obviously connected to the force somehow. But it’s interesting to note that although the child has been nicknamed “Baby Yoda” because the name of Yoda’s species has never been revealed in Star Wars. It is because of this that creator, head writer and showrunner of The Mandalorian Jon Favreau decided to set the record straight during The Golden Globes while talking with USA Today.

“The series timeline takes place after ‘Return of the Jedi,'” explained Favreau. “And fans of the original trilogy will remember that Yoda not only passes away but actually disappears. So Yoda exists as a Force Ghost.” The question remains if this child is related to Yoda, to which Favreau would not comment. “Well, now you’re getting into spoilers. I can’t say. But there are a lot of theories about that,” he said. Hopefully this means that we will learn more about Baby Yoda’s backstory in the upcoming season of The Mandalorian.

Part of keeping this character a secret was delaying Baby Yoda merchandise on the market, something that Favreau also commented about. “Disney was nice enough to hold back the secret and the designs of the Baby Yoda character, which means that there weren’t toys available immediately. However, there are shirts and cool things like that that are available,” said Favreau.“But I’ve seen the designs on the Baby Yoda dolls and toys and they’re really cool.”

Sometimes it seems that you can’t go through your social media without scrolling past some kind of image of Baby Yoda, without a doubt keeping this character a secret has payed off for Disney and now slow burning it’s origin story will keep fan’s interested for some time. Where do you think Baby Yoda came from? What do you think is it’s story? Let us know in the comment section below!


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Source: USA Today.

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