The Mandalorian creators acknowledge Grogu’s name as a major issue


Before getting into further details, lets us warn you that the following content contains the spoilers for the first three episodes of The Mandalorian Season 3.


Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau from Lucasfilm are aware of the issue with Grogu’s name from The Mandalorian. Grogu, who was initially called to as “the Kid” upon making his debut in The Mandalorian, took little time to establish himself as one of Star Wars’ most well-known figures. The “Baby Yoda” phenomenon made The Mandalorian season 1 an instant smash, but the child’s name wasn’t made public until season 2.

When discussing The Mandalorian season 3 with the official Star Wars website, Filoni and Favreau acknowledged how difficult it was to give Grogu a name after spending multiple episodes with this enigmatic Yoda-like character. Interacting about the same, one of the two creators, Filoni said, “Mando at first reacted like the audience. ‘Grogu? That’s strange.’ But when he says it, Grogu looks at him. And I always related to that too when I have a dog and the dog starts to learn its name. You say its name, it looks at you, it’s the most heartwarming thing.” While Favreau added, “It’s not a cute little name and then, you know, he’s as old as Yoda and he still has a weird, cute name, ‘Sparky.’ You know you don’t want to be ‘Sparky’ and be like 600 years old. It was also hard because no matter what we named him, it wasn’t going to be — it couldn’t be — Baby Yoda.”

‘The Jedi’, the fifth episode of The Mandalorian season 2, stunned viewers by discovering that Grogu had been a youngling receiving training at the Jedi Temple prior to Order 66. The biggest shock, as Favreau noted, was learning that the “Baby Yoda” child’s name was Grogu, which was not exactly a “nice little name.”


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