Will The Mandalorian Give Up Baby Yoda to The Client?
Baby Yoda is the show-stealing character of The Mandalorian. Jon Favreau was able to pull off the reveal without any leaks or spoilers. There weren’t even murmurs about their appearance, which made the final moments of “Chapter 1” all the more satisfying. While the show hasn’t revealed Baby Yoda’s actual identity and ultimate purpose yet, the tiny alien already has a profound impact on the audience as well as The Mandalorian, himself. Will he part ways with the creature?
WARNING: Spoilers for Episodes 1 and 2 of The Mandalorian ahead!
Baby Yoda is The Mandalorian’s current bounty
As a quick recap, The Mandalorian (Mando) is, of course, a bounty hunter, as you’ve seen with others like Jengo Fett and Boba Fett. As a means to receive a higher bounty than what his usual suspects get him, he takes up a job from The Client. The Client seems connections to the Empire and has Stormtroopers as security. He’s paying a high price for the retrieval of Baby Yoda, though The Mandalorian doesn’t know who he’s picking up at this point.
The Mandalorian already regards his bounty as more than that
In Episode 1, The Mandalorian teams up with another bounty hunter, IG-11, who is a droid voiced by Taika Waititi. When IG-11 plans to kill Baby Yoda, since The Client is fine with dead or alive, Mando steps in. He shoots the droid to save the child, which already means he regards it more than just a bounty.
Odds are, it’s because it looks like a cute baby, even though it’s 50 years old. Even so, Baby Yoda has saved Mando once already with the Force. That type of thing won’t go forgotten for The Mandalorian. Io9 wrote, “[The Mandalorian is] carrying on the tried-and-true Western tradition of a loner forced to care for something he doesn’t initially care for.”
There are already theories that Baby Yoda is the key to taking down Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker, so the chances of Baby Yoda dying or disappearing forever are slim. Episode 3 might give more insight into how Mando will handle the situation going forward.
The cast and creators of the show had powerful reactions to Baby Yoda
Actor Werner Herzog, who plays The Client, told Variety at the premiere on Nov. 13 that he was so emotionally moved by the Baby Yoda “robot” on set during filming. “On the set, it looked absolutely convincing. It made you cry when you saw it,” Herzog said. “I saw two technicians operating it remote[ly] — one was for the eyes and the mouth, and the other was for other facial expressions. It’s a phenomenal technical achievement, and beyond the technological achievement, it’s heartbreaking.”
Herzog is with the majority of viewers who are just obsessed with Baby Yoda and how positively adorable he is. This also includes Emily Swallow, who played the Armorer in Episode 1. “I just wanted to nuzzle him on set,” she said. Variety also reported that Omid Abtahi, who played Dr. Pershing in the same episode, said, simply, “I was in love.” Same.