THE Mandalorian boss revealed that Baby Yoda's name has a surprising connection to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.
Star Wars fans were thrilled when they saw the Clone Wars favourite Ahsoka Tano make her debut in the show.
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When Mando called Baby Yoda "kid", the former Jedi announced the iconic character was called Grogu.
Executive producer, writer and director Dave Filoni revealed that the name had been worked on for awhile.
And the reveal has its roots in the films, with connections to the Jedi murder plot Order 66 – executed by Anakin (Darth Vader and the clone troopers – through to Obi-Wan and Luke's discussion in A New Hope.
It turns out Ahsoka – who was Anakin's apprentice – and Grogu were both present at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant when Order 66 was launched.
Filoni told Vanity Fair: "The name has been around for a while. Jon [Favreau] told me early on in season one what it would be, which made me start to think about how people could learn the name.
"This gave me the idea that Ahsoka, who is very compassionate, would be able to connect with the child, and that without words they could probably communicate through memories and experiences.
"Through that connection, she learns the name and then tells Mando and the audience."
Filoni continued: "I felt that if anyone would know or understand The Child's history it would be Ahsoka.
"She has such a long history as well. By having her relate the story it also helps the viewer to understand some of her own backstory.
"Through the story about Anakin, you are getting a look at Obi-Wan and his backstory as well.
"A lot of the campfire scene, as I call it, is shaped around that scene between Obi-Wan and Luke in A New Hope."
Grogu – called Baby Yoda by fans because of his resemblance to Luke's Jedi Master – has been the catalyst to most of the drama through the first two seasons.
Mando tracked Baby Yoda down as a bounty for the remnants of the Empire, but eventually betrayed them.
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