Various collaborators behind Star Wars: The Mandalorian have made it abundantly clear that, while the world is obsessing over the show’s tiny breakout star Baby Yoda, we really don’t know much about him. What we do know from the well-received first season is that the 50-year-old character called “The Child” is already a powerful wielder of the force, and that the Empire is after him. But now Taika Waititi, who directed the final episode of Season 1, is opening up a new perspective on the teeny creature.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the JoJo Rabbit director recently blew Baby Yoda fans’ minds when he suggested that he could be a she. Waititi stated, “I knew that people would be talking about Baby Yoda, but I also know Baby Yoda’s real name. So if you’re gonna do me a favor, please stop calling him Baby Yoda. Or is it a her! No one knows!”
Both Waititi and the series' creator, Jon Favreau, have debunked the worldwide nickname of the miniature character. The two have corrected fans, explaining that The Child couldn't actual be a younger version of Yoda because the timelines don’t match up. The Disney+ show is set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, which means Yoda was already 905 years old. The Child, however, is clearly the same species as the iconic Jedi master, whose origin story has been very secretive.
Keep your eyes peeled for Season 2 of The Mandalorian, out in fall 2020, to (hopefully) find out Baby Yoda’s true identity.