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The Director Of The Mandalorian Has Settled The 'Baby Yoda' Debate

The Director Of The Mandalorian Has Settled The 'Baby Yoda' Debate

Since The Mandalorian was finally released last week, fans have had one question on their lips - what is the actual name for the little Yoda that isn't actually Yoda?

Until now, people never stopped to ask what species the wise old sage from the original Star Wars saga belonged to.

With nothing to go on, people just started calling the new character 'Baby Yoda', even though it wasn't an infant Yoda at all. Fairly confusing.

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However, while fans have been disagreeing on whether this term should be allowed to stand or not, one the directors of the series Dave Filoni has stepped in to settle things. Thank God.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the 45-year-old was asked if it's OK to keep referring to the adorable green alien as 'Baby Yoda'. He responded: "That's fine, all part of the mystery," adding that the nickname for the character is 'very clear, it's very clear'.

See, guys, we can relax. He said it's fine.

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But it's not just the name that has caused issues for filmmakers. It was tough to keep the little fella - which is referred to as 'The Child' in the show - under wraps until the series finally aired this month.

Series creator Jon Favreau thanked the studios for not blowing the surprise and letting fans enjoy the show without having any of the characters leaked through toys or products.

He told Collider: "I have to thank Disney and Lucasfilm, because the way the cat usually gets out of the bag with that stuff is merchandising and toy catalogs and things like that.

"So they really back us up. We really wanted to have it be that you had to watch it yourself, so that every time you watch the show, there are new twists and secrets that come out.

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The show's director says it's totally fine to call it Baby Yoda. Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney
The show's director says it's totally fine to call it Baby Yoda. Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney

"That requires a lot of restraint from the people who are footing the bill, saying they're gonna hold back on certain things so that the public doesn't know ahead of time. Part of that was holding back on some of the merchandise and holding back on some of the characters."

And since little Yodz finally hit screens it has been a massive hit. If you've even taken a cursory dip into the world of social media this week, you will no doubt have encountered dozens of Baby Yoda-inspired memes.

The Mandalorian is currently available to watch on Disney+ in the US, Canada and the Netherlands, with two episodes available so far. Star Wars nuts in the UK still have a little while longer to wait until they get to see Baby Yoda in action.

Featured Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney

Topics: The Mandalorian, Funny, Interesting, US Entertainment

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]