Why The Mandalorian‘s Baby Yoda is Actually Yoda’s Clone!

Written by: Ryan Nilsen – November 20th, 2019 7:32am PT

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Baby Yoda’s appearance in The Mandalorian is definitely the biggest surprise of the series so far, and while fans have speculated he’s a lovechild of Yoda, we’re about to blow your mind by telling you why he’s actually Yoda’s clone!

Baby Yoda Concept Art

When he showed up at the end of Chapter 1 of The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda made us all give a collective “awwww,” while simultaneously making our brains run wild wondering who, what, and how?!

The only things we know about Baby Yoda are that he’s 50 years old, is one with The Force, and obviously is the same species as Yoda.

If you’ve been living under a tree in Dagobah (a true Star Wars pun), Yoda is a Star Wars legend and one of the most powerful Jedi Masters. He’s one of only two of his species previously shown throughout Star Wars; the other being Yaddle, who showed up as part of the Jedi Council in The Phantom Menace.

Not surprisingly, many have speculated Baby Yoda is the lovechild of Yoda and Yaddle. This isn’t a terrible theory as the timeline matches up for the most part, but this is unlikely because the Jedi weren’t permitted to marry anyone. Though Jedi aren’t celibate, it is unlikely that Yoda was messing around with anyone in the final 50 years of his life and he didn’t sense his child was out there. It also just seems too obvious and we are hoping Star Wars’ creators used more imagination to try and fool fans. 

Credit: Lucasfilm

However, there’s a theory we’ve cracked that could explain it all: Yoda cloned himself and Baby Yoda is the result.

Let’s break it down…

Kamino, Courtesy: Lucasfilm

In Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, we are introduced to cloning on the planet Kamino when Obi-Wan travels there to pursue bounty-hunter Jango Fett. Obi-Wan is shown an entire clone army that was ordered for the Jedi to help in their fight against the Dark Side. Later in the movie, when the Jedi are battling the Seperatist droid army on the planet Geonosis, Yoda arrives with the clone army, and the Jedi are victorious. 

The main takeaway: Yoda went to Kamino.

Yoda bringing the clones, Courtesy: Lucasfilm

The amount of time between Attack of the Clones and The Mandalorian is fuzzy but it is definitely between 25 and 29 years. It’s three years between Attack of the Clones and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, about 19 years between Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV – A New Hope, around one to two years between A New Hope and Return of the Jedi, and approximately five years between Return of the Jedi and The Mandalorian. That gives us a grand total of 25 to 29 years that have passed. 

We know what you’re thinking: if Baby Yoda is 50, the timing doesn’t add up. But, it does when you factor in the aging of clones.

The Kaminoans explained to Obi-Wan clones age twice as fast as humans do in order to create an army in only half a lifetime! We’ll save you the math and present the answer: Baby Yoda can technically be 50 years old BUT only 25 years would have passed since he was created!

Courtesy: Lucasfilm

WOW. This is nuts, but it’s currently the only logical explanation!

Are we okay with this?! Would a clone of a Jedi mean the clone can also use The Force? I think the creators would do this to link both the original trilogy and prequel trilogy to this new show. This is a great way to pull in all generations of fans. What do you think? Is Baby Yoda a clone of Yoda?

You can watch AfterBuzz TV’s Mandoloarian Aftershow on YouTube every Friday and everywhere you can find a podcast! Also check out Steph Sabraw and myself as we dive deeper into this on Star Wars News Thursdays at 4pm on Popcorn Talk Network.

About The Author:

Ryan Nilsen is the head of the Popcorn Talk Network as well as a host/producer for AfterBuzz TV. He has 4 years of Television and Filmmaking experience, starting in production on Daytime talkshows in New York City and Philadelphia.

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