Even though it feels small sometimes, the galaxy far, far away is a vast place full of incredible characters. Not every character needs an origin story and there’s not enough time to explore the origins of them all anyway; however, since he first appeared in Chapter 1 of The Mandalorian, fans have been waiting for the origin story of The Child/Baby Yoda/The Foundling/Grogu. Through bits and pieces of that story glimpsed through the Force, it is clear that Grogu was at the Jedi Temple when Order 66 was enacted but where he came from and the details of how he escaped the massacre have been left untold. But that may be changing soon…
In a recent tweet, The Mandalorian star Carl Weathers revealed that he returned behind the camera to direct Chapter 20 of the ongoing series and shared the title: The Foundling. That’s just one of the names Grogu has been called over the course of his adventures and now that he’s chosen not to study the Force with Luke and return to the care of Din Djarin, it’s a fitting description of him again.
While fans have been bemoaning the new episode’s reportedly short runtime (it’s rumored to run for 30 minutes and 39 seconds), the potential implications of the title and the fact that it was written by Dave Filoni may buffer some of those hard feelings a bit. Of course, it remains to be seen just how Grogu’s story will be shared since he can’t talk. So far, he’s only been able to communicate with Jedi through the Force and there weren’t any of those hanging out in the Mandalorian covert and the end of Chapter 19. Interestingly enough, actress Rosario Dawson recently indicated she was pretty hyped up for the next installment of the series, possibly teasing the return of Ahsoka Tano who has used the Force to communicate with Grogu in the past.
Judging the impact of the episode by its size wouldn’t seem to be prudent at this juncture and certainly wouldn’t fall in line with the teachings of the Jedi!
Chapter 20 of The Mandalorian will be streaming on Disney Plus at 12 AM PT on March 22nd.