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The Mandalorian Season 3: the return of Baby Yoda

The Mandalorian Season 3: the return of Baby Yoda
The Mandalorian Season 3: the rise of Baby Yoda

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The Mandalorian: To the delight of fans, Disney+ recently unveiled the long-awaited The Mandalorian season 3 trailer.

However, viewers who have just seen the second season of The Mandalorian may be curious as to how baby Yoda, whose actual name was later revealed to be Grogu, managed to return to Mando.

Here, we retrace Grogu’s steps as he returns to The Mandalorian.


Din Djarin’s surrender of Grogu to Luke Skywalker, who hadn’t been seen since Return of the Jedi, marked the dramatic conclusion of The Mandalorian season 2.

Djarin had become close to Grogu over the course of several adventures, so deciding to let him go was heartbreaking.

Many had anticipated that Grogu would stay with Luke as Mando continued his intergalactic bounty hunts.

The spinoff of another fan favorite, Boba Fett, will let die-hard Star Wars fans know how the two were reunited.

The Book of Boba Fett

In season 2 of The Mandalorian, the fan-favorite bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back made a triumphant reappearance.

Following the conclusion of The Mandalorian season 2, Boba Fett finally received his long-awaited miniseries in 2021, which focused on his exploits with Fennee Shand.

But many believed that his spinoff served more as a build-up to The Mandalorian season 3 than anything else.

Grogu was shown as undergoing training under Luke Skywalker’s guidance in The Book of Boba Fett.

When Mando visited his surrogate son, he was denied access to see baby Yoda.

Luke Skywalker declined, according to the Jedi Order’s principle on developing personal attachments.

Grogu was forced to pick between a lightsaber and a piece of beskar armor by the Jedi master.

He was supposed to be able to decide between the Jedi and Mandalorian ways through the test.

Grogu ultimately opted for Mando’s armor, rejecting the Force in favor of the Mandalorian way.

Mando and Baby Yoda’s reunion at the conclusion of The Book of Boba Fett served as the catalyst for The Mandalorian season 3.

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Grogu’s future

The reunion of Din Djarin and Grogu restored their traditional dynamic, and the teaser may have hinted to baby Yoda’s future.

Grogu’s decision to take the beskar meant that he would not only forego Luke’s mentoring and training with droids, but also that he would follow the Mandalorian way of life.

Djarin explains to his son what it really means to be a Mandalorian in the season 3 teaser.

Mando also teaches Grogu galactic navigation.

Baby Yoda learns what it takes to follow the Mandalorian path throughout the third season after opting for it over the Jedi one.

Inevitable reunion

Because the Star Wars universe is so vast, there are more connections between storylines than one can ever imagine.

One of the weirdest choices the studio made was to split up Djarin and Grogu in season 2 and bring them back together in season 3.

More so than the Boba Fett series, The Mandalorian is one of the shows that has done the most to unite fans old and new.

As a result, a lot of casual viewers will be satisfied yet confused.

The father-son bond between Djarin and Grogu is the heart and soul of The Mandalorian, so the idea of doing away with it for the third season seems like a grave error.

The bounty hunter and his son were always bound to be wandering the Star Wars universe in the program.

The Book of Boba Fett seemed more like a bridge to explain the gap and less like fan service.

It was always going to be a transitory part of the broader plan for Grogu to stay with Luke Skywalker.

Before beginning the main plot, Mando and Grogu will probably spend the first half of the third season spending time and bonding while traveling.


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