Even Rosario Dawson, who plays Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian, is having trouble adapting to Baby Yoda’s recently revealed official name.
Rosario Dawson is just like the rest of us—she’s having trouble adjusting to Baby Yoda’s new official name, Grogu, in The Mandalorian. Dawson made her Star Wars debut on the show last week in “The Jedi,” bringing the beloved animated character Ahsoka Tano to live-action for the first time ever. The former Jedi’s return has been celebrated by fans in the wake of the episode, which also unveiled some new secrets about the Child, including his real name.
Since the first episode of The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda has been at the root of the show’s incredible zeitgeist. “The Child,” as he’s been known on-screen until now, was the internet’s worst-kept secret while the first season was airing on Disney+, and he’s developed his own fan base nearly separate from the series itself. While some recent displays of ravenous appetite have complicated his cute and cuddly public perception, Baby Yoda remains a favorite among longtime Star Wars watchers and newcomers alike.
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Now, he has a new name—Grogu—and those of us who’ve been on the Baby Yoda train since the beginning are having some difficulty adjusting. Rosario Dawson is a confessed member of the club as well, as she admitted unintentionally in a recent interview with Vanity Fair. “Someone took a picture of George Lucas holding Baby Yoda,” she said before catching herself on her slip-up. “I’m still calling him Baby Yoda—Grogu!” In fairness to Dawson, the rest of the Mandalorian-watching world is right there with her.
In the wake of Dawson’s debut episode, it looks like Grogu may become a lot more central to the active plot going forward. Now that Din Djarin knows about the Child’s past, his upbringing in the Jedi Temple, and his mysterious escape, there are even more unanswered questions up for speculation. The duo will be headed to the Force-strong planet Tython in the coming episodes, where Grogu will hopefully make a stronger connection to his Force abilities. He might even attract the attention of some other Jedi…or Sith.
Of course, with Moff Gideon’s Imperial remnant now tracking Mando and Grogu, they could be in for a nasty surprise before they reach their next destination. The series has had no issue in the past pulling its protagonists off their main quest for one reason or another, and there are still a number of other Mandalorians who could show back up. It’s unclear what the next few episodes of The Mandalorian will hold, but they should be an interesting stretch for Baby Yoda—or, um, Grogu. Grogu.
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Source: Vanity Fair
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