Allow me to reintroduce myself: the name is Grogu!
Armed with the doubly-deadly blades of her white lightsabers and crowned in the Togruta traditional Akul-tooth headdress, Rosario Dawson’s highly-anticipated debut as beloved Clone Wars star, Ahsoka Tano, on Disney+’s “The Mandalorian Chapter 13″ unlocked a bevy of fascinating revelations for “Star Wars” zealots — namely, Baby Yoda’s true identity.
Spoiler alert warning: Stop reading now if you don’t want to know what happens in the latest episode.
A bad-ass former Jedi with a good heart, Ahsoka — hunted down by an unyielding Mando in his fervent quest to reunite Baby Yoda, aka The Child, with his Jedi tribe — reads The Child’s mind to discover he’s a planet Coruscant native and Clone Wars survivor named Grogu.
Unveiling his sordid history, Ahsoka (Dawson, 41) reveals Grogu was raised in a Jedi temple on the main city planet, and was trained by many masters before being hidden at the end of the Clone Wars, when the Empire and Darth Vader ascended to power.
“Someone took him from the temple,” Ahsoka informs Mando, “then his memory becomes dark.”
“Star Wars” fanatics flew to cyberspace, saturating social media timelines with stunned responses to Ahsoka’s inaugural appearance and Baby Yoda’s bedeviled background.
“I think Chapter 13 might be my favorite episode yet,” one fan tweeted. “Rosario Dawson was damn near perfection as #AhsokaTano, hope she returns. The whole episode had a very Kurosawa vibe to it. Filoni is the master. The Child/Baby Yoda finally has a name, Grogu! #TheMandalorian.”
Friday’s episode of “The Mandalorian” also sees Ashoka and Mando join forces to overthrow evil tyrant Magistrate Morgan Elsbeth on Corvus—which ends in the Magistrate revealing the whereabouts of Star Wars Imperial supervillain and Darth Vader ally, Grand Admiral Thrawn.
OMG! This episode was so amazing. First of all #AhsokaTano is in the flesh and omg she looked so good she was amazing she was worth the wait,” another fan raved on Twitter. “Second, Baby Yoda finally has a name #Grogu. And OMG I almost cried just thinking that Mando and the child would split off.”
As for Mando’s search for Grogu’s kin, Ahsoka advises he take The Child to Tython, where he’ll find the ruins of an ancient Jedi temple that has a strong connection to the force. She tells Mando to place Grogu “on a seeing stone at the top of the mountain. Then Grogu may choose his path. If he reaches out through the force, there’s a chance a Jedi may sense his presence and come searching for him.”
“The Mandalorian Chapter 14” is set to air December 4 on Disney+.