‘The Mandalorian’: Why Does Baby Yoda Have the Force Already?

Disney + gave avid Star Wars fans the best gift ever at the end of The Mandalorian Chapter 1—an adorable green creature who looks just like Yoda, but miniature. Viewers were quick to name this little green guy Baby Yoda

The real treat comes in chapter 2 when we find out that the child has Jedi powers and knows how to use them. Let’s take a look at the reason why Baby Yoda already has the Force.

Yoda Display Statue
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Here’s everything we know about the ‘The Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda so far

The toddler-like creature is 50 years old already, but in terms of Yoda’s species, that is still very young. Yoda Proper lived to be about 900 years old when he met his demise in Return of the Jedi

According to Doctor Pershing (Omid Abtahi), the child is male. The Client (Werner Herzog) is desperate to gather knowledge from the creature. 

Using the Force tires Baby Yoda out. In chapter 2, the young child saves Mando (Pedro Pascal) from a Mudhorn. Then, the little guy sleeps for the rest of the episode. 

It won’t be long until this small creature achieves Jedi Master status. The original Yoda achieved that rank at the age of 100. There is likely to be rapid development from the age of 50 to 100 in the Child 

The Prequel trilogy holds the key to Baby Yoda’s Jedi Powers

Although diehard fans generally love the first trilogy—A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi— more than any others, the answer to how Baby Yoda has powers already is rooted in the prequel trilogy.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) went into detail about where the Force comes from. The movie introduced the concept of Midichlorians, which are little things that live inside Star Wars characters. 

“Midichlorians are a microscopic life form that resides within all living cells,” Qui-Gon Jin (Liam Neeson) explained to Anakin (Jake Lloyd) in the movie. “And we are symbionts with them.”

“Symbionts are life forms, living together for mutual advantage,” he continued, “without the midichlorians, life could not exist, and we would have no knowledge of the Force.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) pointed out in The Phantom Menace that Anakin Skywalker has a midichlorian count of 20,000, which is more than even Master Yoda.

The more midichlorians one has, the more Jedi Powers he has. Yoda’s species naturally holds a very high count of these organisms, so it is safe to say that our Baby Yoda contains many of these midichlorians.

The Client wants the midichlorians inside Baby Yoda

During chapter three of The Mandalorian, Mando overhears a conversation between the mysterious figure known as The Client and someone who we think might be Dr. Pershing. 

“Extract the necessary material and be done with it,” The Client instructs the man.

Fans can infer that the necessary material is the midichlorians from within Yoda. Whether The Client is good or evil remains to be seen, so we are not sure what he wants to use the power for.

Although we now know how Baby Yoda has the Force already, we have so many other questions still unanswered. Three more chapters are remaining in The Mandalorian Season 1. Hopefully, we will find out more when the next chapter is available on Friday on Disney+.