The Mandalorian successfully won the hearts of Star Wars fans over the course of its first two seasons on Disney+. A major part of its global success was the introduction of Grogu, or as some may still call him "Baby Yoda."
Din Djarin and Grogu's adventure has been the main storyline of The Mandalorian , but after the epic Season 2 finale , it appears the show may be heading in a new direction. Additionally, late last year Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced nine more Star Wars series were headed to Disney+. A few of these included Ahsoka , The Book of Boba Fett , and Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
The Mandalorian 's third season seems like it won't come out until sometime in 2022. If Grogu's time on Disney+ is over, it is important to take a look back at some of his best moments.
GROGU CONCEPT ART
Lucasfilm Concept Design Supervisor Christian Alzmann has shared official concept art centered around Grogu. Both are from Chapter 14, the first is of Grogu defending himself against stormtroopers. As seen in the final episode, it displays the tiny Force-user chocking and defeating multiple stormtroopers.
Here's a still from Chapter 14 based on the concept art:
The other piece of concept art is Grogu reaching out atop the Seeing Stone. It also features the Dark Troopers surrounding Grogu. A difference between this piece of conceptual art and what finally made it to Disney+ is that Grogu was passed out when the Dark Troopers arrived in the show, not still reaching out with the Force.
A difference between this piece of conceptual art and what finally made it to Disney+ is that Grogu was passed out when the Dark Troopers arrived in the show, not still reaching out with the Force.
GROGU'S FORCE ABILITIES
Firstly, these are beautiful pieces of art for The Mandalorian . In a way, it's crazy to think that these pieces were made with the simple purpose of visualizing a scene the crew would ultimately film. Particularly, the image of Grogu on the Seeing Stone seems like something Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, or maybe even Kevin Feige would have framed in their basement.
The first-look at Grogu Force-choking stormtroopers is one of major importance. Immediately following Chapter 14's release fans across the Galaxy took to the internet asking: Is Grogu using the dark side?
Historically, Force-choking enemies is a move used by Sith, most famously by Darth Vader . It would be naive to think that Favreau and crew included this dark-side tactic as a coincidence or by accident. It may point to the fact that Grogu hasn't been trained for years in the ways of the Force and currently is Force-ambiguous. Of course, when Luke Skywalker takes him away at the end of Chapter 16, one can assume he is in good hands and will learn the ways of the Jedi.
Despite not knowing Grogu's whereabouts during the Sequel Trilogy, fans hope that Luke's Jedi Temple falling will play into his story eventually. Even though Grogu's Force-choking may have merely been an instinctual act of self-defense, it's incredibly hard to resist considering Baby Yoda killing more than unborn frogs.