‘The Mandalorian’ Fans Are Divided on Baby Yoda and Frog Lady’s Eggs
The most recent episode of The Mandalorian showed Baby Yoda be more of a misbehaving child than we’ve seen thus far. It is a big reminder that, yes, despite being 50 years old, The Child is very much a baby. And maybe Mando needs to do a better job of “parenting” him or at least keeping an eye on him, but the internet is a bit at odds about how mischievous he really was this past episode. [Spoiler alert: Spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian Season 2, “Chapter 10”].
Was Baby Yoda being extra bad for eating Frog Lady’s eggs?
While leaving Tatooine after their adventures with the Krayt dragon in the Season 2 premiere, Mando meets Frog Lady. As unoriginal as her name (currently) is, she said that the planet her husband is on has Mandalorians on it. Mando, who is currently on a mission to reunite The Child with his people, thinks that finding other Mandalorians will help him out. So he agrees to take her to meet her husband.
She’s carrying a vat of water with her eggs in it, which she needs to keep safe because they’re the last of their kind and she needs her husband to inseminate them. So while they’re not kids right now, The Child has a sweet tooth for them, and eyeballs the tank as soon as they leave Tatooine. That’s when Mando finds the baby eating the orbs, and that’s when the trouble started for some fans.
“Baby Yoda after this episode is a little f*cked up, he ate frog lady’s eggs multiple times throughout the episode,” one Reddit user wrote. “Then after the frog lady literally saved his life, you would think he would not try to eat another egg and it would be mini character development for him, but no at the end of the episode he eats another.”
They went on to say it was a strange writing decision. Baby Yoda has ridden on the fact that he’s super, stinkin’ cute, and hasn’t acted out just yet. And as an audience, Frog Lady becomes an endearing character that viewers end up feeling sympathy for.
Some viewers thought it was semi-normal behavior, or at least childish (which The Child is)
However, other users pointed out that it’s not that serious. The Child isn’t actually eating her children.
“A lot of people are looking over the fact that we were told that the eggs have not been fertilized yet,” one user wrote in response. “… She’s taking her unfertilized eggs to her husband so he can fertilize them and make them into egg eggs, if that makes sense.”
Another person also noted that regular frogs, on Earth, are known to lay tons more eggs than they expect to actually hatch. This is because the animal knows some won’t live, whether that be because they’re eaten or Mother Nature just has her way with them. Same with baby turtles that hatch in the sand; a lot of them get eaten up before they can make it back to their mother in the ocean.
Maybe that’s why Frog Lady wasn’t angry with The Child. She probably knew he ate some — it’s hard to miss his greedy eyes — and she didn’t outwardly say anything to him. Plus, as the original poster noted, she saved The Child at one point.
Basically, there are a lot of things to consider, but all in all The Child wasn’t murdering her kids. He was just being a curious and naughty child who wanted some tasty treats. And it begs the question: Does Mando feed him enough? Should he be feeding him more?
Should viewers be worried or suspicious of Frog Lady?
While The Child’s eating habits have become a major point of contention within the fandom, Frog Lady has become an icon of sorts. She has her own stans, some even saying she’s better than Baby Yoda. While that might go too far for some, should viewers be warier of Frog Lady?
In a different Reddit post, one user pointed out a few suspicious aspects of Frog Lady. They note that she is really good with a blaster that she carries around. It’s a bit too convenient, for them, that she’s “inexplicably” separated from her husband and they’re the last of their species. Plus, she knows how to reprogram that dangerous droid to speak to Mando. To top it off, is it too much of a coincidence that her husband told her about seeing Mandalorians? When they try to keep a low profile? And that’s exactly what Mando needed to hear to take her to her husband?
Star Wars has certainly taught a lot of people to be cautious of anyone that pops up. But a lot of other users in the comments disputed a lot of the suspicions. For one, she’s a woman traveling alone in the galaxy. Of course she’d travel with a blaster and know how to use it. Also, we don’t know what she did before Mando met her; maybe hardwiring a droid is a hobby of hers?
As for the others, it is a little too coincidental, but it’s also good for the overall story. That could end up just being a ploy of hers to get to her husband — or for something more sinister — but only time will tell. For now, maybe Baby Yoda can eat a few more times a day and solve his egg cravings.