The adorable Baby Yoda, aka Grogu, is one of the characters that has become an all-time favorite despite not having to say a single word. The character has only communicated through his body language in the years since he was introduced to the Star Wars universe. Grogu is currently gracing The Mandalorian screen with his distinctive cuteness and telekinesis, and fans are wondering if there are any chances for Baby Yoda to speak and when that time will come. Producer Dave Filoni recently addressed that possibility.
Entertainment Tonight asked Filoni how old Grogu will be when they start speaking, to which he replied, “It's a good question. I mean, I would suppose fairly young. We don't know that he's not talking in his way, and he can communicate with Ahsoka where she can at least divine from him some type of communication.” He adds, “What would his first word be? We'll see, I don't know.” “What makes you think that's a species thing? That's interesting,” continued the producer. “Maybe. I think you're influenced by who you're around,”
Given Filoni’s statement, fans recalled that one of Yoda's memorable characteristics is his signature speech patterns, in which words are not uttered in the expected order. In Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker mentioned to Grogu how he knew a member of the species, leaving audiences to wonder if, when Grogu does eventually start to talk, he'll mimic the original Yoda or Din Djarin's speech patterns.
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Additionally, Grogu's debut surprised audiences in part because, before meeting him, he was described as being 50 years old, only to appear as a baby in The Mandalorian. With Yoda living 900 years, this explained why Grogu appeared to be a baby even at age 50, as the species did not age like others in the galaxy far, far away. Filoni also hinted at the character's age without getting too specific about the series' timeline.
“We said he was around 50 years old, so then I won't nail down a definitive number, because that would tell you how long these series have been going on,” the filmmaker teased. “It's such a thing, then we get into this and that, and I've used generalized terms like this because I don't want to give things away. You'll find out, always in motion is the future. He's 50 years plus, that's all you need to know.”
New episodes of The Mandalorian Season 3 premiere on Disney+ on Wednesdays.
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