There, Darth Vader is also seen meditating in a similar pose to Baby Yoda – but that’s not where the similarities end. In each moment, blue butterflies surround the figure.
Coincidence? Another Dave Filoni deep cut? It’s hard to say at this stage, but it appears The Mandalorian season 2 is pulling out all the stops when it comes to providing nods to the wider franchise. There have been prequel Easter eggs, translated messages hinting at Legends canon, and even a returning Ahsoka Tano.
Now, there’s one more which could have serious story implications. In Vader’s story, the blue butterflies signified an internal conflict with the Sith Lord. Their appearance beside Grogu could merely be a clever callback, but could also be sneaky shorthand for the youngling’s own battles between the Light Side and the Dark Side of the Force.
Grogu has, after all, been seen Force choking people on not one but two occasions now. For the moment, he’s still the cooing, meme-tastic leading light of The Mandalorian. But as this referential Easter egg proves, Baby Yoda’s future is worryingly clouded.
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