The Mandalorian creator and co-executive producer Jon Favreau has spoken out about whether he and the Mandalorian team — including co-producer and co-writer Dave Filoni — mind that people have nicknamed Grogu “Baby Yoda”.
If you are not yet caught up on The Mandalorian, stop reading now. Spoilers ahead.
Since Star Wars’ most popular character’s real name was revealed in The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 5 (Chapter 13: The Jedi), some of the online Star Wars fan community has been up-in-arms about the use of the name “Baby Yoda” when, technically, “Grogu” is now canon.
Favreau, however, has a lighthearted viewpoint and said:
“I had written it in the script from very early on and of course we finally revealed it in the show. But, of course, everybody knows Grogu as Baby Yoda, which, by the way is fine with all of us! We still call him Baby Yoda, too.”
Straight from the source, folks! Even Jon Favreau doesn’t mind The Child’s nickname. Favreau also addressed the popularity of Din Djarin’s (Pedro Pascal) foundling, noting that his secretive approach to revealing him meant there was no Grogu merchandise online or on store shelves for quite some time after The Mandalorian premiered on November 12, 2019.
“There was no [Baby Yoda or Baby Grogu] merchandise for the whole first year, so people had to be really ingenuitive, so on Etsy, online, on social media, you would see people making their own Baby Yoda stuff.”
What’s next for Grogu?
Favreau didn’t address exactly what’s next for the cutest Star Wars character since, well, ever. In The Mandalorian Season 2 finale, Favreau and Filoni shocked the fandom by re-introducing Luke Skywalker — as a de-aged Mark Hamill! — and having him leave with Grogu.
The implication here, of course, is that Grogu will complete his Jedi training that was interrupted at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant when Order 66 was executed.
Before letting Grogu leave with Skywalker and R2-D2, Djarin promised his son he would see him again — now that we know actor Pedro Pascal has confirmed he will appear in The Mandalorian Season 3, we can probably expect a reunion sometime next year.
The third season of the hit Star Wars series is set to debut in December 2021.
Watch Favreau’s full interview on Good Morning America below:
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Posted by Good Morning America on Monday, December 21, 2020
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