Boba Fett's Order 66 Flashback Explained: Who Saved Baby Yoda?

By Nathan Johnson Updated:
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The Book of Boba Fett is beginning to wrap up on Disney+, as there is now only one more episode left to tie up all the loose ends that have been developed throughout the season. The last chapter featured the return of Pedro Pascal's Din Djarin, the titular character from The Mandalorian, and followed him as he made his way to Tatooine and eventually crossed paths with Ming-Na Wen's Fennec Shand, who asked for his help.

The episode ended with Din telling Fennec that he would assist Boba in the coming war against the Pyke Syndicate and refusing the credits that she offered him. He then told her that before doing that, he needed to go see Grogu first.

Warning - The rest of this article contains spoilers for "Chapter 6" of The Book of Boba Fett.

Luke Skywalker and Grogu were featured in multiple scenes together throughout the episode, as he was trying to train him to channel his Force abilities. Luke used the same tactics as Yoda did when training him in The Empire Strikes Back, like jumping and achieving physical balance.

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However, one of the most compelling questions about Grogu, since he was introduced in the first episode of The Mandalorian, has been his origin. Fans were told that, despite his small size, he is actually 50 years old, and many wondered if he was a survivor of the Order 66 attacks on the Jedi Temple in Revenge of the Sith.

The Book of Boba Fett finally gave viewers a peek into his background during a flashback from the latest episode.

Grogu's Order 66 Flashback

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In a scene from "Chapter 6" of The Book of Boba Fett, Luke could sense that Grogu had a hard time remembering where he came from. After asking him if he would want to remember his past, Luke placed his hand on Grogu's forehead, which resulted in him seeing an important moment from years ago.

In a flashback, the inside of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant is shown from Grogu's perspective, confirming that he had been a student of the Jedi Order during the prequel trilogy. The scene also featured other Jedi present at the temple, as well as clone troopers from the 501st Legion during their siege on the temple under Anakin Skywalker's command during Order 66.

Grogu's small size seemed to give him an advantage as he was hidden away, but he had a full view of the clones attacking the other Jedi. It seemed as though the other Jedi were older than most younglings, but it is unclear if their main task was protecting him.

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The clones took out the three Jedi with ease and then continued deeper into the temple to finish their mission of eradicating the Jedi. The flashback didn't show exactly how Grogu was rescued from the Jedi Temple, but it did confirm that he was present during the galaxy-altering attack.

This also confirms that Grogu did have at least some minor training before coming in contact with the Mandalorian, which explains why he is able to lift certain objects and use the Force from time to time. 

Who Saved Grogu from the Jedi Temple?

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Now that Grogu was officially at the Jedi Temple during Order 66, the next question is his rescue. In Revenge of the Sith, Anakin and the clones made sure to wipe out every Jedi that they could, not even sparing the younglings, as was seen in one of the franchise's darkest scenes to date.

Reddit user u/Immortal__Soldier recently posted a clue to the platform suggesting that Barriss Offee is the one who took Grogu. In canon, Barriss was last seen in The Clone Wars TV series, where she was arrested by the Jedi in Season 5. She orchestrated an attack on the Jedi Temple and claimed that the Jedi teachings were wrong.

The fan noticed a crest on the wall during the Order 66 scene in The Book of Boba Fett that looks as though it belongs to Barriss. This crest symbolizes Barriss' personal quarters, and the attack on the temple could have offered her an escape from her imprisonment by the Jedi.

During this time period, Anakin was at the height of his powers. He had the highest Midichlorian count of any Jedi on record, and he was conceived through the Force. His powers were exponentially greater than any other Jedi his age, and he was even able to best Count Dooku and Mace Windu, two far older and more experienced Force users.

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Some theories suggest that Anakin had a soft spot for Grogu, and because he had the appearance of a baby, Anakin intentionally let him live. It is also worth noting that, at the point of Order 66, Anakin was already aware that his wife, Padmé Amidala, was pregnant. Anakin could have very well thought of his own wife and child and decided to spare Grogu.

It is important to remember that Anakin turned to the dark side of the Force simply to save Padmé from dying in childbirth. He was plagued with continuous nightmares where he would see her giving birth and then quickly dying afterward. He also stated in Revenge of the Sith that he didn't know whether their child would die along with Padmé, and turning to Palpatine for help was the only solution that he knew of due to the Jedi Order's strict laws on marriage and attachment.

It is also possible that Anakin was so clouded with hate and emotion that he simply didn't sense Grogu because of his small stature. Anakin wanted to complete Darth Sidious' orders and wipe out the Jedi so he could be with Padmé as quickly as possible. 

The future will more than likely give a definitive answer as to who rescued Grogu from the temple following Order 66. In the meantime, the fan-favorite Baby Yoda has an important decision to make regarding his future.

The Book of Boba Fett is now streaming on Disney+.

- About The Author: Nathan Johnson
Nathan is a writer at The Direct where he covers Star Wars, the MCU, and DC news. He joined The Direct in April 2021 and currently writes news and feature articles about all three brands mentioned above, but his main specialty is his knowledge about anything and everything Star Wars.