If you’re a Star Wars fan, you know one thing to always be true. Nobody agrees on anything. Whether it’s the storyline, character development, who the best director is, which movie was the best, you’ll get varying opinions on nearly any subject.
While the Phantom Menace and the subsequent prequels came close to being unanimously disliked, there was enough in each episode to keep many fans in disagreement. Except for Jar Jar Binks, we almost all hated him, but arguments can be made, in his defense…few, but some.
One thing we can all agree on is that “Baby Yoda” in the new Disney Plus original series, The Mandalorian has everything needed in a kick-ass, beloved and adorable Star Wars franchise character.
It ends there because there’s a heated debate raging on the internet of the origin of the new character. Yes, from the same people who can argue for almost 40 years over who shot first, Han Solo or Greedo.
“Baby Yoda” makes its first appearance at the end of episode one where the Mandalorian bounty hunter takes a mission to eradicate his target but instead eradicates his IG bounty hunter droid ally instead to save the “baby”.
We find out “Baby Yoda” is 50 years old in that first episode. In the second episode, we find that the child has force healing and damage powers…and likes to take a lot of naps.
Baby Yoda is not actually Yoda. Yoda died in Return of the Jedi, which took place 5 years before the timeline of the Mandalorian after the fall of the Empire.
So who is Baby Yoda? There are several theories. Perhaps it is the offspring of Yoda and a female of his species. If that’s the case, Yoda violated his Jedi oath, just like Anakin Skywalker and sought love, forbidden by the order.
The timeline also makes it feasible that Baby Yoda is a clone of Yoda himself. The birth of the child coincides with the production of clones on the planet of Kamino during the Clone Wars. Maybe Yoda, knowing the demise of the Jedi Order was imminent snuck a visit to Kamino and had himself cloned for good measure.
Or it could just be a random member of Yoda’s race, but then that wouldn’t be Star Wars, because in a Galaxy Far Far Away, everyone is interconnected at some point during the storyline.