As a pint-sized Mandalorian apprentice, Grogu's backstory has been a mystery ever since The Mandalorian premiered in 2019. Season 3 finally delves into his past through a long flashback that features the reveal of Kelleran Beq (Ahmed Best) as the Jedi Knight who saved Grogu during Order 66. However, the flashback doesn't reveal where Beq took Grogu and what happened to him in the years following Order 66, however, that may change in The Bad Batch Season 3.
According to a new theory via Screenrant, The Bad Batch's subplot involving Doctor Hemlock and the Empire's ongoing cloning research might be the key to revealing what happened to Grogu after Master Beq saved him. We know that Grogu was 50 when Din Djarin found him in The Mandalorian. However, little is known about what he went through before being found by his now father. Somehow, Grogu ended up in the hands of the Empire despite being rescued by Kelleran Beq and spent many years being subjected to experiments, as revealed in The Mandalorian.
By the time Din found Grogu, the Empire wasn't finished with him, and he may have been one of their prime targets due to his high midi-chlorian count. Grogu might have been captured by the Empire around the same time as Omega. Perhaps he could have been held captive on Mount Tantiss and been subjected to experiments there. If this is true, then Season 3 could give us an insight into what he went through in the years before meeting Din Djarin.
Engineers at the Empire's Advanced Science Division on Mount Tantiss are shown wearing the same insignia as The Mandalorian's Doctor Pershing, connecting him and the engineers on Weyland to the Kaminoan cloning researchers. This is no coincidence, as all these people working for the Empire had one goal in mind. All of them were working to keep the Empire and Palpatine around for as long as possible. While The Bad Batch's main goal might be to show why the Empire is targeting Omega, a Grogu appearance isn't entirely out of the question.
The Bad Batch Season 3 is an excellent opportunity to delve into Grogu's mysterious past before The Mandalorian. He likely spent several years in the hands of the Empire, and it's time to find out what happened to him during those years. It can also be an excellent opportunity to dive into Kelleran Beq's story too, giving Ahmed Best another well-deserved opportunity to return to Star Wars.
The Bad Batch Season 3 premieres next month on Disney+.