Undoubtedly, Mandalorian is now one of the biggest pop-culture phenomena in the world. Now, the reason for this popularity can be attributed pretty much single-handedly to Grogu or baby Yoda. He is cute and with Pedro Pascal’s Din Djarin, the father-son bond has glued viewers on screen for two seasons now.
However, we still don’t know what is Grogu’s origin story. But there have been hints that were it to be revealed, it could change Star Wars history. So let us explore those hints and find out if baby yoda can change Star Wars.
When Disney got hold of the Star Wars property, they took the decision to simply de-canonize a large part of the Star Wars history. This decision brought on the ire of fans, but no matter what, that non-canonical universe is referred to as just Legends among fans.
However, that part of the universe wasn’t discarded. In fact, it’s frequently used as a sort of archive to pull storylines and ideas from and then make it part of the canon.
One of the people who is famous for doing this is Dave Filoni. He is the co-showrunner of Disney+ hit show The Mandalorian. Along with this, he has also helmed Rebels as well as The Clone Wars. So it’s possible that he will be meddling with canon and drawing from the non-canonized legends.
For example, he could draw from the Sith backstory and solve a huge mystery about it. Of course, it didn’t need solving, but in the process, a huge question could be answered about baby yoda- his origin story mystery.
Know that within legends, Siths aren’t considered to be an evil-religion that makes use of the force for their own needs. In fact, they are an ancient alien race hailing from Korriban planet who established their Sith Order and revolutionized Force use. So, this particular use of theSith’ word to denote both race and religion runs parallel to how ‘Mandalorian’ as a term is used. Note that while Din Djarin comes from the Mandalorian creed, Bo-Katan Kryze hails from the race.
Another example of this can be found in the alien race Grysk. In canon Star Wars, these terrifying aliens are sort of based upon an invading race known as Yuuzhan Vong. These Yuuzhan Vong aliens are now part of the non-canonical legends.
So modern creators took the concept, updated it, and gave a brand new name to it- Grysk before canonizing it. Now, The Mandalorian could very well use this trick and then apply it straight to the revered Jedi. This twist would be innovative and it would shock viewers as well.
Using the trick of pulling from legends and upgrading it to canon, Filoni could make the Jedi be both a race and a religion that turned out to be where Yoda hailed from. It would in fact explain why all the members hailing from Yoda’s species has turned out to be powerful Jedi.
Now, this would make Grogu a full-fledged Jedi. Along with this, it would provide a nice connection as well as clash with Din Djarin, The Mandalorian himself who clashes with his creed and identity.
Season 2 of The Mandalorian raised a lot of questions about ethics as well as how one can define himself or herself. This was echoed in Din Djarin as he struggled with taking his helmet off for protecting what was most important to him- Grogu.
Now, The Mandalorian can easily expand on these themes by giving the opposite of this dilemma straight to Grogu. He could be a Jedi according to birth, but might not be so by creed since it could mean getting fully detached from Din, his adoptive father.
It’s possible that The Mandalorian season 3 explores these deep and complex themes. After all, this show is known for being able to explore it all within a course of just eight episodes. But will they do it? Or will they do something entirely different and shock us all? Now that remains to be seen.