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The Mandalorian is up to episode 4 now and the world is still reeling from the absolute gut punch of cute that is “Baby Yoda.” Baby Yoda is adorable. Baby Yoda hug Dr Pepper shirt Baby Yoda has cute concept art and now (sigh) a Funko Pop. Baby Yoda can use the Force. But who is Baby Yoda? Where does he come from? Is he even a he? There are a lot of theories doing the rounds, so we thought we’d collate some of our own. We asked the CNET staff to beat around their own Baby Yoda theories. Be warned: They range from the reasonable (Yoda’s secret child) to the, uh… less reasonable (Yoda is a Horcrux). The Mandalorian takes place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
Baby Yoda hug Dr Pepper shirt
The timeline is clear: Yoda is the illicit love child of Yoda and Yaddle, who was a member of the Jedi Council circa The Phantom Menace. This seems obvious to me. The timelines match up. It’s also peak Expanded Universe nonsense, so I’m sort of rooting for this theory to be true because it’s terrible, in a good way. What would make more sense is for Baby Yoda to just be a character completely disconnected from anyone in Star Wars as we know it, to make the universe seem broader in scope. But we all know that’s not how these movies work, so Baby Yoda is Yoda’s illicit love child confirmed.