Special: We answer every question you have about baby Yoda from The Mandalorian
The reason your timeline is flooded with hundreds of baby Yoda memes is because the ever-giving Star Wars universe has unleashed serious Force-driven cuteness upon us with Disney +'s new series The Mandalorian. The standalone 8-episode series follows a Mandalorian bounty hunter named Dyn Jarren (Pedro Pascal) who has been hired to track a valuable asset.
The closing minutes of the show's first episode reveals that the Mandalorian's bounty was actually baby Yoda - a 50-year-old infant of the same species as the late 900-year-old Jedi Master who has been a crucial part of George Lucas' Skywalker narrative. But till date, very little has been revealed by Lucas about the slow-aging alien species.
"So he's a mystery character, he's a magical character. He has no background. He comes and he goes. He's the subversive secret mysterious stranger that enters the film and to then exits at the end," Lucas had famouly said once.
The green-skinned Jedi Master had lived on for nine centuries and had trained Jedis for 800 years. Baby Yoda, who is referred to as The Child, seems to have the gift of the Force as he saves the Mandalorian from the attack of a space rhino. There was several fan theories as to baby Yoda's real purpose in the show.
The Mandalorian takes place five years after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and gives us a glimpse at the aftermath of the Galactic Empire's fall as a result of Battle of Endor. Mandalorian is actually hired by The Client, who is working with Kaminoan - Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi). It is important to note that Kaminoans are famous for their cloning technology and created the clone troopers for the Grand Army of the Republic.
It's entirely possible that baby Yoda is the clone of the late Jedi Master Yoda which is why the Kaminoans are so interested in acquiring him, especially as Dr Pershing insists on getting his hands on the living baby.
Many fan theories suggest that Yoda had himself cloned so he could live on to help the future generations; another far-fetched theory suggests that Emperor Palpatine, the ruler of the Galactic Empire, who was killed by Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi is looking to resurrect himself and thus wants Yoda's species researched.