New Details and Name Revealed for The Child, aka “Baby Yoda”. WARNING: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for The Mandalorian Chapter 13: The Jedi. If you do not wish to know any spoilers about the episode we recommend you stop reading past this point. Thank you!
Even the most skeptical fans expected a “turn up at the end of the episode” appearance for Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano which, to be fair, has been The Mandalorian‘s style for a slow burn appeal but that is not what happened this week. Ahsoka showed up immediately in the episode and showed everyone just how much of a bas ass she is and we won’t apologize for it. Dawson’s performance was excellent and we hope to see even more of Ahsoka in the future of the episode.
Ahsoka wastes no time establishing her intentions to “The Magistrate,” who has been treating her citizens with cruelty for some time, saying she has one day to offer the information she seeks or else. As instructed by Bo-Katan, Din Djarin (Mando) and The Child go and seek out Ahsoka Tano for some answers and to get The Child to safety. Upon arrival to Corvus, Din is brought to The Magistrate who offers him a priceless artifact in exchange for hunting down Ahsoka, despite this giving Din all the information he needs tp complete his own mission and the promise of a solid piece of Beskar weaponry to boot. After a brief and unfriendly encounter, Ahsoka helps Din to better communicate with The Child and shares that his name is Grogu. Yes. Grogu.
Ahsoka even shares information with him regarding Grogu’s past stating that he was trained by many Jedi Masters at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant including Master Yoda, who we know to be of the same species as Grogu. Grogu was smuggled out of the Temple during the Clone Wars and left stranded for years to survive on his own until he met Din Djarin (Mando). In exchange for helping Mando and Grogu, Din offers to help Ahsoka in her own mission, pending she teaches Grogu how to use his abilities properly.
Ahsoka offers another piece to the puzzle that will help Mando to get Grogu where he needs to be, but refuses to teach him herself due to the parallel Grogu has to her previous Jedi Trainer, Anakin Skywalker. She reveals Grogu has grown attached to him (Din) and that can lead Grogu down a path of darkness, similar to Anakin, but without naming names of course. Ahsoka also reveals whom she is seeking in her own quest asking The Magistrate “Where is Grand Admiral Thrawn?” Of course, we do not learn Thrawn’s location at this time, but hardcore Star Wars fans should immediately recognize where this is going…
With that being said, Ahsoka sends Din on his way after freeing the village together and continues on her quest. Din heads off to Tython to allow Grogu to choose his own path, either to stay with Din or find a Jedi to train him. Needless to say we are STOKED for the final episodes in the coming weeks and have a million more questions for the new season next year!
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