• Andy Lemiere

Three theories about who saved 'The Child' from Order 66

***Warning: this article contains spoilers from Season 2, Chapter 13 of the Mandalorian***

In Chapter 13 of the Mandalorian (The Jedi), we get some long-awaited background information on the Child. His name is Grogu! We also learn that he was at the Jedi Temple when Order 66 occurred! This exciting discovery has some really fun implications. For instance, we know that he was set to become a Jedi and likely knew all/most of the Jedi we are familiar with.

"He was raised at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Many Masters trained him over the years. At the end of the Clone Wars, when the Empire rose to power, he was hidden. Someone took him from the Temple. Then his memory becomes....dark." - Ahsoka Tano

On a day when nearly all of the Jedi were killed, including the younglings, someone saved him. He is the only known survivor of the Temple massacre. While it's likely that it's someone we don't know, or even Temple Librarian Jocasta Nu, here are the 3 most likely people to save Grogu:

1. Yaddle. Yes, we've been here before, but if she is the possible mother of Grogu, then we should see this theory to it's end. Yaddle is a female of the same species as Yoda and Grogu - which are known to be wise and very powerful Force users. She was on

the Jedi Council leading up to the events in The Phantom Mendace - but then mysteriously is gone in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. She isn't seen or heard from again, and many claim that it's because she had a child (likely with Yoda). We all know that Jedi forbid such attachments. So she left, or was removed from the Order. It would make perfect sense that Yaddle senses, or even sees the danger, and goes to save Grogu, in what was likely a sacrificial event. *Even if Yaddle isn't his mother, perhaps the preservation of the species was important enough to seek him out.

2. Jedi Master Mace Windu. I know, I know... He's dead, but hear me out. When we last saw him, he was being Force-electrocuted, thrown out of a high window, missing an arm - all

things that Jedi have survived before. All it did was give Mace a head start to the Temple to save....the most powerful youngling, and the future of the Jedi Order? Mace knew that time was of the essance and had to prioritize what he could do, so he grabbed Grogu and left in exile, to fight another day. It's possible because we only know that Mace is dead by the time The Rise Of Skywalker, and that is many years after the time of the Mandalorian Series. Plus, Samuel L. Jackson has said he'd love to come back to reprise the role, so let's not rule this out. #MaceLives

3. Maybe the most controversial person to hide Grogu is.....Anakin Skywalker. "Why would Anakin wipe out the entire Temple of Jedi, but leave one alive?1" I'm glad you asked. The moment Anakin committed himself to the Sith was when he killed Mace Windu - an act that

was heavily manipulated by Palpatine. His conversion to the Dark side was rooted in deceit and mistrust from the get-go and Anakin knew it. So in typical Sith-like fashion, he began crafting his Plan B - Grogu. Acting out of self-preservation, Anakin hunted down the Jedi, but saved one for his own selfish purpose. Anakin and Grogu are approximately the same age, which means they would have come up in the

Jedi Temple together and known each other. If Grogu was a talented Force-user (like Yoda), then an Anakin-Grogu pair up would be a formidable foe versus someone like.... say an Emperor? Historically, Sith Apprentices try to overtake their Masters all the time and from what we know of Vader, this is definitely something to consider.

If a Jedi were to have hidden Grogu, then this could also explain why his memory after has gone "dark". Much like the "obliviate" spell from Harry Potter, a Jedi can use the Force to manipulate, or hide memories.

So which do you think is most likely? Or do you have another suggestion? Let us know by reaching out on Twitter @holochronicles