The Real Reason Star Wars Fans Freaked Out About This Priceless Baby Yoda Photo

Baby Yoda is still everything as far as the internet is concerned, and we’re more than okay with that. The surprise appearance of the tiny Yoda-like creature dubbed The Child in Disney’s new hit show The Mandalorian took fans by storm and became an instant viral sensation. Baby Yoda has united the Star Wars fanbase across generations.

As if to underline those generational connections, fans were recently treated to a photo of Baby Yoda being held by Star Wars creator George Lucas on Twitter, and everyone lost their minds.

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George Lucas hasn’t always been supportive of Disney-era Star Wars

Lucas is the brains behind the entire Star Wars saga. He wrote and directed the first film, A New Hope, back in 1977 and handed off the directing reigns for the following two films in the original trilogy, but remained a large part of the writing process for both.

Lucas worked so hard during the original trilogy that, at one point, he thought he was having a heart attack. This resulted in him taking a long hiatus from directing.

In the mid-1990s, Lucas confirmed that he would be writing and directing a trilogy of prequels to the original Star Wars story. This second trilogy was Lucas’s return to directing after focusing on screenwriting and producing for over two decades.

While the prequels aren’t necessarily fan-favorites, they were hits at the box office and have remained a large part of the story that makes up the Star Wars saga.

In 2012, Lucas sold his company, Lucasfilm, to Disney. Just three years later, Disney released the first in a trilogy of sequels to the original Star Wars films, and Lucas wasn’t shy about expressing his opinions on the matter.

In an interview with Charlie Rose, Lucas spoke about how he was a creative consultant to the writing process, there to make any corrections in terms of how things work in the Star Wars universe. Apart from that, Disney wasn’t really interested in Lucas’s contributions or ideas.

Saying that Disney wanted to make the sequels “for the fans” and Lucas wanted to continue focusing on the story of the Skywalkers, the story went away from where he would have taken it himself.

George Lucas holding Baby Yoda is peak Star Wars

Earlier this year, Disney released The Mandalorian on their streaming service, Disney+. The show was created and directed by Jon Favreau, new to the Star Wars universe. Fans have quickly taken to The Mandalorian, in part thanks to its retro feel that makes it feel more like the original trilogy than many of the other spin-offs.

It was Favreau himself who tweeted the now-iconic photo of Lucas holding Baby Yoda. Fans freaked out after seeing the photo, in part because Baby Yoda is always adorable, but mainly because many people still consider Lucas to be the backbone of Star Wars.

The photo makes it seems as though Lucas finally approves of where the saga is today, as if he’s giving his blessing through The Child.

Something else to consider is that Favreau is clearly open to including Lucas in The Mandalorian. Many people are speculating that the photo was taken at the show’s set, implying that Lucas may be more involved in the series than he was in the sequel movies.

Fans are supportive of this link, especially given the retro feel of the show and how it feels much more like the original movies.

Lucas holding Baby Yoda is truly a generational bond throughout everything that the Star Wars universe has gone through, and we can’t wait to see what season two of The Mandalorian brings.