This 1 Character From ‘The Mandalorian’ Could Hold The Key To Palpatine’s Demise in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

The Mandalorian premiered and awed viewers with its new story, its style, and its characters when Disney+ launched on Nov. 12. There were a lot of technical difficulties to get Disney+ off the ground, but after two episodes, the show has fans hooked. 

The final moments of Episode 1 also gave viewers a significant shock when a seemingly familiar face showed up. While it’s not who people might think it is at first, the character could hold the key to defeating Palpatine in Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker

WARNING: Spoilers for episodes 1 and 2 of The Mandalorian ahead!

Pedro Pascal, who plays The Mandalorian, at the premiere for the series.
Pedro Pascal at the premiere of ‘The Mandalorian,’ at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

The Client wants this character dead for a reason

In “Chapter 1,” The Mandalorian Dyn Jarren (Pedro Pascal) is a bounty hunter in search of his next mission. He goes to see The Client (Werner Herzog), who has a big payout to bring back a subject dead or alive. At the end of the episode, he finds out that the 50-year-old target is a baby alien, who looks like a child because they age a lot slower. 

That wasn’t the endearing part, though. It’s the fact that it’s a Baby Yoda that has fans buzzing. It’s, of course, not the real Yoda since he died in Return of The Jedi and The Mandalorian takes place five years after that movie. It is an alien from his same species, though. 

Yoda’s species is a mystery for a reason

Many Star Wars fans know that there isn’t much out there to tell about Yoda. His species is unnamed, and his backstory is virtually unknown. He is the most powerful Jedi after Anakin, and Yaddle is the only other known alien from his species in canon. Now Baby Yoda has graced the universe, and fans are dying to know if The Mandalorian will delve deeper into the lore surrounding their species. 

Baby Yoda might be the Jedi’s only hope

“Baby Yoda” is the loving moniker fans are using, since their name and species is unknown. The child has already shown he is powerful by defeating a massive creature with its tiny hands (and the Force). While that move did knock them out for a good day, it was still powerful. Being just a child at this time, imagine what Baby Yoda could do if they were taught the ways of the force and grew older, and wiser. 

As Inverse points out, it doesn’t seem like The Mandalorian is going to give up Baby Yoda for the bounty. Maybe he’ll protect it instead and get it somewhere safe to live out their days. Fast forward to Episode IX, and a slightly older Baby Yoda could do some severe damage to Palpatine. 

Howver, Baby Yoda won’t go it alone. First off, Baby Yoda will be just 26 years older, so he might look more like a toddler, but still not a full-fledged Jedi. Second, even the real, 900-year-old Yoda could take out Palpatine alone. So odds are, if Baby Yoda does show up in The Rise of Skywalker, it’ll be to help Rey and (maybe) a reformed Kylo Ren.

Jon Favreau said Baby Yoda “fits into a larger narrative”

Maybe the most significant piece of evidence that Baby Yoda is the key to a bigger Star Wars arc is what creator and writer Jon Favreau had to say about the new character. “There’s bigger arcs that go through the whole season and the whole throw of the show,” Favreau said according to Variety. “As fun as it is to reveal new characters and surprise them, it also fits into a larger narrative about what’s going on in the galaxy after the revolution.” 

You might believe Baby Yoda will save the day in The Rise of Skywalker or not, but by the end of this season of The Mandalorian, everyone will have their answer.