Creator, writer, director, and showrunner Jon Favreau is a man of many hats. Without him, The Mandalorian would be a very different show, or it may not even exist at all. So when Favreau has something to say about it, people listen. And apparently Favreau has expressed issues with the Yoda-species child being referred to as ‘Baby Yoda’.
Speaking to ‘The Star Wars Show’, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that Favreau sort of snapped at him when he exchanged emails with him, referring to ‘the child’ or ‘the asset’ as he is called in the show, as ‘Baby Yoda’, something that fans have referred to since the character made his first appearance.
“We don’t refer to the Child or the Asset the way that the world is referring to the Child or the Asset. Baby Yoda, that’s a no-no. I got chastised, in my early emails to Jon Favreau, I referenced in my emails Baby Yoda. It just seemed easy, and I got my wrist slapped by Jon a few times. ‘It’s not Baby Yoda!’ I think people really want to know, what’s its name? What’s its real name? I know its real name and it’s one of the reasons that I have extra security now because I don’t want to be given some kind of truth serum by someone.” -Bob Iger
Iger states very clearly that he knows the name of Baby Yoda, but that there could very well be some big reveal for it at some point. You’ll recall that The Mandalorian himself does not have a name that has yet to have been revealed in the show, despite Pedro Pascal revealing it to be ‘Dyn Jarren’ (that’s how it sounds, not confirmed on the spelling) in an interview a while ago.
“We had great faith in Jon [Favrea] not just as a storyteller but also a storyteller like George [Lucas] that knows how to use technology for the good of his stories and the good of the audience that will ultimately hear or see the stories… So when Jon pitched the idea of a Star Wars series, we immediately understood, not only did we have a great storyteller, but we had a storyteller that was going to continue to make new rules of sorts or mine new territory… it was a very easy decision for us to make.”-Bob Iger
Will it be a big reveal for both names when they are finally introduced in The Mandalorian? And was Pascal telling the truth about Mandalorian’s name during that interview? Hard to tell unless you’re working on the show yourself, but the final episode of the first season will be here before you know it and along with it are likely to be some answers to our questions.