Fans of Star Wars: The Mandalorian have fallen head over heels in love with the character of “The Child,” so much so that they dubbed him “Baby Yoda” and posted about him for pretty much the entire final two months of 2019. While there is no doubt that the series’ creator, Jon Favreau, is pleased with the success of the show and its little green character, he wants us to know for certain that we've got it all wrong.
Not only does Baby Yoda have a real name, but he is not, as the majority of us know but choose to ignore, actually a younger version of Yoda. CNN reports that Favreau recently spoke with USA Today and explained that Baby Yoda’s timeline doesn’t match up with the iconic Jedi Master’s, stating:
“The series timeline takes place after Return of the Jedi, 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 showrunner also explained that he believes fans have run rampant with the nickname because it is the “easiest, shortest, most hash-taggable way" to talk about the character online, even if it is wrong. True!
Though Baby Yoda is clearly not Yoda, there is still a chance he could be related to him. When asked if the two shared genes, Favreau kept his lips zipped, stating, “I can't say, but there are a lot of theories about that.”
We will have to see if we find out the true identity of Baby Yoda when Season 2 of The Mandalorian premieres on Disney+ this fall.