Star Wars Provides New Evidence For The Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda Clone Theory
Details from The Star Wars Book provides new evidence that the Imperials in The Mandalorian are trying to clone Baby Yoda aka The Child.
A new Star Wars book provides more evidence that the Empire was trying to clone Baby Yoda, an idea that was first hinted at early in The Mandalorian season 1. Baby Yoda (officially known as The Child) is one of the biggest mysteries in current Star Wars canon; Yoda and Yaddle were already major mysteries during the original and prequel trilogies, considering it was never revealed what species they were or where they came from. Now, Baby Yoda has taken things to new levels.
Baby Yoda was born the same year as Anakin Skywalker yet remained hidden until he was captured by Din Djarin aka the Mandalorian years after the events of Return of the Jedi. The Mandalorian was hired by the Bounty Hunter Guild, under contract from Imperial Remnants, to find and deliver Baby Yoda, who was then experimented on by Dr. Pershing. While it was never revealed what the Imperials were after with Baby Yoda, many fans believed they were trying to clone him given the fact that he’s Force-sensitive and Dr. Pershing bore the insignia of Kaminoan cloners. That may turn out to be true in future seasons of The Mandalorian – and now there’s new evidence for it.
In Lucasfilm’s The Star Wars Book from Pablo Hidalgo, Dan Zehr, and Cole Horton, the section on cloning teases: “Rumors spread of Imperial attempts to create clones of unique species.” Although the section doesn’t name-drop The Child or make reference to Yoda, there’s arguably no species more unique than Yoda’s. Coupling that with evidence from The Mandalorian season 1, it stands to reason Dr. Pershing and the Imperial Remnants were trying to clone Baby Yoda. It would fit with other theories that Imperials were testing cloning in the lead-up for Palpatine’s return.
On the other hand, there’s the possibility that Baby Yoda is a clone and Dr. Pershing was merely trying to re-obtain him. Ever since Baby Yoda first appeared on-screen, there have been numerous theories ranging from Baby Yoda being a clone of Yoda to Baby Yoda being a Force Dyad, many of which have varying degrees of evidence behind them. However, what seems likeliest is that Dr. Pershing was trying to clone Baby Yoda, who already exhibited impressive strength in using the Force. Perhaps this is how Disney’s Star Wars era brings back midichlorians.
Taking into account Baby Yoda’s age as well as the fact that he was being guarded when Mando found him, it’s also possible this isn’t the first time the Empire has tried to get their hands on him. At some point, The Mandalorian is meant to highlight the beginning stages of the First Order, so there’s no reason there can’t be hints to Palpatine’s Final Order as well. Knowing what happens decades later in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and how long Palpatine spent building his Sith army, the Imperials trying to clone Baby Yoda could merely be the start of that process. It roughly fits in with the timeline and it’s at least theoretically possible given what audiences know and have seen in The Mandalorian.