Baby Yoda is undoubtedly one of the biggest draws of The Mandalorian. From the moment, Din Djarin found the baby, his and Grogu’s bond was made. Over the course of the first two seasons, this relationship became the soul of the show.
The two were inseparable and they travelled the entire galaxy together as the titular Mandalorian did everything in his power to keep the baby safe. But when Grogu left in season 2, it left everyone shocked. But in a surprise turn of events, him leaving might be just what season 3 of The Mandalorian needs.
In season 2, it was Din’s job to keep the baby safe as well as reunite him with the famed Jedi order. This was necessary so that Grogu could get the training needed to master his powers. In the finale titled “The Rescue,” Grogu left with Jedi Luke Skywalker to start his training.
This meant that he had to bid Din goodbye and the two went on different paths. While it was difficult for Din as well as the viewers to say goodbye to Grogu, but this parting might be just what The Mandalorian needs now.
Baby Yoda was the x-factor this show needed to become a pop-culture sensation from just a great show. However, there’s had to be a limitation on where such a storyline could head to. After all, the entirety of the show couldn’t be entirely about Din trying and failing, again and again, to bring Grogu to the Jedi.
While baby Yoda is a crowd pleaser and immeasurably cute, but even then the same father-son space road trip formula would have bored viewers soon. So sending Grogu with Luke was the mature decision since it will also give the show enough space to grow.
While Baby Yoda was a big crowd-pleaser, but even without him, there’s tonnes the show can explore from now on. Firstly, Din now has the darksaber and is its rightful owner after he defeated Moff Gideon. Now, this, in turn, will be a source of conflict with Bo-Katan. After all, Din will most probably help her get Mandalore back with the Night Owls. So this is one direction, the writers can take the show in.
Not to mention that there’s potential for a massive crossover as well. Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president said on Disney’s Investor Day that The Mandalorian along with its spinoffs like Rangers of the New Republic and Ahsoka will meet in a huge crossover. Since Ahsoka is now after the Grand Admiral Thrawn, so this could be the storyline that could be explored in the next season.
As such, there’s tonnes of directions that the show could go in season 3. Not to mention that Baby Yoda could come back as well. But if he comes back in season 3 itself, then it will undercut the weight behind his departure. So it would be better if the show keeps on exploring Din’s adventures for a while before bringing Grogu back.