Mandalorian director explains why it was a good time for an adult baby Yoda reveals


Dave Filoni, director of the fifth episode of The Mandalorian in its second season, explained why his episode was the right time to drop a major revelation about Baby Yoda’s background. It’s a story filled with spoilers, so go back while you still can if you haven’t seen the episode yet.Season 2, Episode 5 – The Jedi – revealed that Baby Yoda’s real name is Grogu. “The name has been around for a while,” Filoni told Vanity Fair. “Jon [Favreau] told me at the start of the first season what it would be, which got me thinking about how people might learn the name. It gave me the idea that Ahsoka, who is very compassionate, would be able to connect with the child, and that without words, they could probably communicate through memories and experiences. Through this connection, she learns the name, then tells Mando and the audience.The episode introduced Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian, a Jedi Filoni had previously developed alongside George Lucas for the animated TV show The Clone. Wars. Played by Rosario Dawson for the live-action version, Filoni knew Ahsoka would be the key to unraveling some of the mystery surrounding Grogu.
“I felt that if anyone could know or understand the child’s story, it would be Ahsoka,” Filoni said. “She also has such a long history. By having him tell the story, it also helps the viewer understand part of his own story.This structure was based on how Obi-Wan revealed the story of Anakin Skywalker to Luke in the first Star Wars movie. “Thanks to Anakin’s story, you also get a glimpse of Obi-Wan and its backstory,” Filoni explained. “Much of the campfire scene, as I call it, is shaped around this scene between Obi-Wan and Luke in A New Hope. For more, check out our 10/10 review for The Mandalorian S2E5. and the huge connection it establishes with the lore of Star Wars.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK news and entertainment editor.


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