Star Wars: Is the real Yoda in The Mandalorian?

Frank Oz in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). © Lucasfilm Ltd.
Frank Oz in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). © Lucasfilm Ltd. /

Without a doubt, the biggest star of The Mandalorian, Disney+’s hit live-action TV show, is Grogu. We were all gushing over just how adorable he was the moment we saw him on screen. And with nothing to call him, we opted for the closest thing that we could call him: Baby Yoda.

Of course, Grogu isn’t actually Yoda. But he is part of Yoda’s species, at the very least. And since we don’t even know what Yoda’s species is called, the name “Baby Yoda” would have to suffice for that season and a half before we learned his true name.

But what about the Jedi Master himself? We know that in season 2, Mando was on the search to bring Baby Yoda back to his people, the Jedi. So did Yoda ever appear in The Mandalorian?

The answer to that is, unfortunately, no. And it all makes sense given the timeline of The Mandalorian.

Will Yoda be in The Mandalorian?

The series takes place a few years after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. If you recall, that’s the movie where Master Yoda took the last breath of his very long life. Luke Skywalker was with him at that moment, and (as we know it), it would be the last time he sees his master for some time.

So, with Yoda dead during The Mandalorian timeline, it sets the likelihood of Yoda appearing in the series very low. Of course, like with all things in Star Wars, there are ways for deceased Jedi to return to the living world — via Force ghosts. So, there could be the slightest chance that Yoda may appear as a Force ghost in the series.

Since Luke is going to be training Grogu during the timeline of The Mandalorian season 3, there could be a moment where Luke reaches out for help from Yoda. With that, Yoda may be able to provide some sage advice about the youngling and tell him more about their people.

Still, when Luke saw Yoda in The Last Jedi, it seemed like that was the first time he had seen his master in a long time (possibly since he appeared at the end of Episode VI). But, the time between The Mandalorian and Episode VIII is still quite long, as well. This means the possibility is certainly on the table — but we’ll just have to wait until season 3 of The Mandalorian premieres to see if that’s what happens.

Mark Hamill holds Baby Yoda on The Mandalorian set. light. Related Story