Last week’s episode of The Mandalorian, ‘The Jedi’, was a huge episode for Star Wars fans; not only did it deliver the live-action debut of fan favourite character Ahsoka Tano, played by Rosario Dawson, but it also offered some insight into the background of Baby Yoda, as well as the reveal of his actual name: Grogu.
Having taken ‘The Child’ to meet with Ahsoka, the former Jedi Padawan revealed to Din (Pedro Pascal) and the audience that Grogu was a former Padawan who had trained under several Jedi Masters at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, and was rescued and taken into hiding during Order 66.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Dave Filoni has explained how they came up with the name reveal, and why it was felt that Ahsoka was the best candidate to reveal this to the audience.
“The name has been around for a while,” said Filoni. “Jon Favreau told me early on in Season One what it would be, which made me start to think about how people could learn the name. This 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 that connection, she learns the name and then tells Mando and the audience.”
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The Mandalorian season two sees the returning Pedro Pascal (Din Djarin), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), Carl Weathers (Greef Karga), Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon) and Bill Burr (Mayfield) joined by the likes of Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones), Katee Sackhoff (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Michael Biehn (The Terminator), Rosario Dawson (Daredevil) and WWE Superstar Sasha Banks.
The Mandalorian season two airs on Fridays on Disney+.