I think we can all agree that Grogu is one of the best things about Disney's post-sequel trilogy Star Wars but in case you didn't know, the character was actually an original creation for The Mandalorian. Despite that, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are still gracious enough to consult the franchise's creator George Lucas about the Force-wielding child known to many simply as "Baby Yoda".
Well, it seems that the Star Wars patriarch wasn't initially a fan of the character. In fact, Lucas apparently had a major concern regarding Grogu's creation which is now being revealed through the show's new art book. In The Art of The Mandalorian: Season 2 (via The Direct), Filoni revealed that he spoke with Lucas about Grogu and they discussed how the character should be presented.
According to Dave, George wanted him and Jon to make sure that Baby Yoda learned how to use the Force, instead of already establishing his abilities right off the bat. Obviously, the showrunners listened to his advice as Grogu's lack of knowledge regarding the Force is evident in the first two seasons of the hit Disney+ series.
Filoni shared: "I had a talk with George, at one point, about the Child, and his main concern was that the kid has to have a proper amount of training."
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When you think about it, Lucas isn't even involved in The Mandalorian's decision making but it's great that his creative inputs are still being taken into consideration by Favreau and Filoni. It just goes to prove that they have total respect for the franchise's rich history and everything they do must be aligned with it.
The Mandalorian Season 3 is reportedly hitting Disney+ on February 22, 2023.