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    Updated on Nov 23, 2019. Posted on Nov 12, 2019

    "The Mandalorian" Pilot Is Causing People To Have Strong Emotions And I Am Right There With Them

    There is another.

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    Before we get going, let's just get the obvious out of the way: this post contains spoilers for The Mandalorian.

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    So if you haven't watched Episode 1, bookmark this for later!

    OK, now for the rest of you, let's talk about the end of the first episode, "Chapter One," because that was a HECK of a lot to throw at the audience in the final minute.

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    For a refresher, after our as-yet-to-be-named Mandalorian bounty hunter hero (anti-hero???) is tasked to find some "50 year old" for The Client, he finds himself on a desert planet.

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    Hangin' with Nick Nolte as an Ugnaught, no less.

    Despite having nothing but a tracking fob, the Mandalorian doesn't have much trouble finding his bounty. And, with the help of fellow bounty hunter IG-11, they find a little space crib containing...

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    ...A BABY YODA?!?!?!?!?! (Well, specifically a baby Yoda-like creature.)

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    Not ashamed to admit I re-watched this scene like 50 times because this baby is so DANG CUTE.

    Now, to be clear, this ISN'T actually Yoda. At least, probably not.

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    Yoda died at the ripe old age of 900 in 1983's Return of the Jedi, which takes place five years before The Mandalorian is set.

    But, this unbearably cute lil' green creature is clearly the same species as Yoda — a species which has yet to be named in the Star Wars universe. Here's one more close-up because it's too cute not to:

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    And I want to know everything about him or her!

    And, suffice to say, fans were VERY SURPRISED by this twist at the end of the episode:

    The best way to describe my reaction to #TheMandalorian

    The ending to episode 1 of #TheMandalorian

    If you’ve seen Chapter 1 of #TheMandalorian then you’d know why they wanted to keep THAT spoiler secret and not give the media an early look. Amazing!

    And they also fell immediately in love:

    I WOULD DIE FOR BABY YODA WHO IS ACTUALLY NOT YODA BUT I WILL PROTECT BABY NOT YODA AT ALL COSTS #TheMandalorian

    Me when *you-know-what* showed up at the end of #TheMandalorian:

    OH MY FUCKEN GOD BABY YODA IN THE MANDALORIAN I LOVE IT #TheMandalorian

    And, yes, the memes have already started too:

    #TheMandalorian spoiler without context.

    We've actually seen another "Yoda species" character back in the prequel films, a ~lady Yoda~ named Yaddle. She was a Jedi Master who appeared in the High Council scene in 1999's The Phantom Menace.

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    In Star Wars lore, however, Yaddle died around the time of the prequels while on a mission with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. So, it's unlikely she has anything to do with this wee one in The Mandalorian. BUT YOU NEVER KNOW.

    So, given Yoda and Yaddle's very Force-sensitive nature, it's very likely that this special baby — that The Client wants dead or alive — is highly Force-sensitive, too.

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    But — WHO is he or she??? And how were they created? Are they related to Yoda or Yaddle? Are they some kind of Immaculate Midi-Chlorian Conception?!?!

    Guess we'll just have to keep tuning in to find out.

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    Chapter Two of The Mandalorian airs Nov. 15.

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