10 Fan Theories For The Child’s Future


The Mandalorian’s breakout star, Baby Yoda, has left a lot of fans asking some important questions about the future of the character.

One of the greatest marketing tricks pulled by Disney in the run up to launching its streaming service with Jon Favreau’s flagship Star Wars series The Mandalorian was leaving the Child – later dubbed “Baby Yoda” – out of all the trailers. The 50-year-old character’s surprise introduction at the end of the first episode generated more interest in the series via word of mouth (and word of meme) than any of the actual advertising materials did.

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As The Mandalorian enters its second season and the Child continues to be a little troublemaker, the character’s future is unclear. Some dusted-off old fan theories are being tweaked and some new ones are being formulated.

10 He’ll Become An Early Member Of Luke’s Jedi Academy

Luke Skywalker's Jedi temple

The effect of the New Republic’s rule over the galaxy has been explored in The Mandalorian (since the sequel trilogy didn’t bother to explore it). Favreau and co. could be building toward a triumphant appearance by Luke Skywalker in a later season.

The show takes place long before Ben Solo was born, but Luke presumably set up a new Jedi academy and started looking for Force users to recruit right after the Empire’s defeat. The Child could become an early student of his.

9 Yoda’s Species Is Endangered

Fans haven’t seen a lot of Yoda’s species. Outside the Child, Yoda himself, and the legendary Yaddle, we haven’t really been introduced to any more members of his species.

This could be a sign that the still-unnamed species is endangered. Yoda’s species has always been one of the greatest mysteries of the Star Wars universe, and The Mandalorian has the opportunity to fill in all the blanks.

8 He’ll Become A Key Figure In The Post-Sequels Era

Rey Skywalker in The Rise of Skywalker

Since Yoda died at around 900 years of age in Return of the Jedi, hinting at the immense lifespan of his species, the 50-year-old “Baby Yoda” has a lot of living left to do. When the sequel trilogy begins, he’ll be 75, with more than 800 years of life remaining.

Perhaps the grownup version of the Child will become a key figure in the post-sequels era of the Star Wars timeline if Lucasfilm wants to explore that period.

7 He’s A Clone Of Yoda

One of the wilder fan theories proposed for the Child is that he’ll be revealed to be a clone of Yoda that was created on Kamino to give the Sith a Force user as powerful as the Jedi’s best.

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With The Rise of Skywalker revealing that Palpatine cloned himself after the events of Return of the Jedi, The Mandalorian can explore the tease of “secrets only the Sith knew.”

6 A Heartbreaking Death Scene Is On The Cards

Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian season 2

The Mandalorian could die of old age when the Child is a teenager, or the Child could die horrifically when Mando is unable to protect him. Either way, a heartbreaking death scene could be on the cards.

There’s also a chance that the show will have a happily-ever-after ending in which everything works out for the Mando and the Child, but tragedy is the Star Wars saga’s bread and butter.

5 He’ll Hang Out With Yoda’s Force Ghost

Yoda's Force ghost in The Last Jedi

After dying on Dagobah, Yoda became one with the Force and appeared as a ghost on Endor to watch over Luke with his other two mentors, Obi-Wan and Anakin. The Mandalorian takes place decades before Yoda’s Force ghost would be hanging out with Luke on Ahch-To in The Last Jedi.

There’s a chance that Yoda’s ghost could show up to mentor one of the only surviving members of his species, a powerful Force user that Imperial forces want to get a hold of.

4 Ahsoka Will Train Him

Ahsoka Tano

Rosario Dawson is set to appear as a live-action incarnation of Ahsoka Tano in the second season of The Mandalorian. The fan-favorite Clone Wars character could become a key figure in the show’s cast.

After turning her back on the Jedi Order, Ahsoka could train the Child in the ways of the Force, in conjunction with Mando teaching him the ways of the Mandalorians.

3 The Child Will Wield The Darksaber

The Darksaber was introduced at the end of the first season of The Mandalorian. Moff Gideon was seen wielding it as he emerged from the wreckage of his downed TIE fighter.

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Maybe the Child is destined to own the Darksaber. If Ahsoka trains him to use the Force and the Mandalorian kits him out with armor made of Beskar steel, the Darksaber will complete a pretty awesome ensemble.

2 There’s A Planet Full Of Yodas

Yoda on the Jedi Council

Mando is currently trying to reunite the Child with his people. That entails finding other Mandalorians to help him protect the kid, as well as seeking out the Jedi that can train him to use his Force abilities properly.

But maybe he’ll eventually find Yoda’s home world. Instead of being endangered, Yoda’s species could have a thriving hidden society on a distant planet somewhere.

1 He’ll Turn To The Dark Side

The Mandalorian Baby Yoda Uses the Force

While his cuteness sometimes masks it, the Child has shown some disturbing tendencies throughout The Mandalorian’s run. He resorts to violence pretty quickly. The moment he Force-choked Cara after mistakenly perceiving a threat to Mando was genuinely frightening. It revealed his darker leanings.

Maybe Favreau is planning to throw fans a curveball by having the Child grow up to be corrupted like Anakin and turn to the dark side of the Force.

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Updated: November 12, 2020 — 1:00 am

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