The Book of Boba Fett episode 6 was certainly packed full of surprises, which included seven major cameos. But now one of the many questions on the minds of many fans is whether or not one of those characters will be returning to The Mandalorian following their exit at the end of Season 2...
Warning: There are MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for The Book of Boba Fett episode six. If you've not seen it, come back here for our full explanation of the episode and the ending!
Now, it's time to recap on what went down regarding a certain character who appears in The Book of Boba Fett episode 6. Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) arrives on a forest planet, where we see Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) training Grogu in the ways of the Force, having taken him from the bounty hunter's care at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2.
It's clear that Grogu is very powerful, but it also becomes increasingly obvious that he's a child, and is easily distracted by the things around him. When asked about what his people are like, after telling Grogu that Jedi Master Yoda was just like him, Grogu experiences a horrifying flashback of Order 66 at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant 28 years ago.
But the episode isn't all doom and gloom, as we get some fun training montages, with the most memorable being when Luke puts Grogu in his backpack while he runs and jumps, reminiscent of course of the iconic Dagobah swamp scenes in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. We also see Grogu beat a training remote, which is pretty fun.
However, there's a lot of pressure resting on Grogu's tiny little shoulders. While the youngling is practicing with the training remote in the water, Luke and Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) are talking on the bank. Luke tells Ahsoka he feels Grogu's heart may not be in it. This is later explored when Luke offers Grogu the gift Din Djarin has left for him.
The gift - which was forged by the Armorer in The Book of Boba Fett episode 5 - is revealed to be chain-mail armor made from beskar, suitable for Grogu's small size. Luke presents this to Grogu, before also presenting Jedi Master Yoda's green lightsaber. However, Grogu can only choose one, which Luke makes clear.
Should he choose the beskar armor, he will return to the care of Din Djarin and no longer be able to train to become a Jedi, as attachment to loved ones is forbidden. Should he choose the lightsaber, he will forego his attachment and spend many years training to become a powerful Jedi.
However, Luke explains that, as Grogu ages slowly, a short time to him will be a lifetime for the Mandalorian, so he may never see him again. As we watch a hesitant Grogu stare up at Luke, the episode cuts to black and the credits start to roll. Will we see Grogu's decision in The Book of Boba Fett finale? Or will we have to wait until The Mandalorian Season 3?
But the real question is this: Will Grogu return to The Mandalorian at all? While it's obvious that this isn't the last we'll see of Grogu, it's still difficult to determine where he'll show up next. Perhaps we will see his decision in The Book of Boba Fett finale, but then that episode will need to be the length of a feature movie at this rate.
After all, Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) has had only one appearance in two of the last episodes! So not only will the finale need to feature the titular bounty hunter heavily, it will also need to address the Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant)/Cad Bane (Corey Burton) storyline, Din Djarin's help to Boba and his small army, and perhaps even the Luke and Grogu stuff.
But whether or not Grogu will show up in The Mandalorian in a cameo or not is irrelevant, because the chances are that he most likely will. What fans will be dying to know is whether the youngling - or foundling, as Din Djarin calls him - will return to the show on a full-time basis, just like his time in the first two seasons of the show?
We know that The Mandalorian Season 3 is on its way, though a release date is yet to be confirmed. And all the signs are currently pointing towards little "Baby Yoda" making a comeback, despite the fact we haven't really had a chance to miss him all that much, seeing as he only departed our lives in The Mandalorian Season 2 finale.
At this stage, we're not entirely convinced that Grogu will want to stay in Jedi training, especially given how distracted he is. Not only that, but technically speaking, he's only five years old (well, he's 50, but he ages ten times slower than humans do)! Adding to that, we can't forget about that tiny little detail on Din Djarin's new N-1 Starfighter.
In The Book of Boba Fett episode 5, Din Djarin visits Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) on Tatooine, who builds for him a new ship; an old Naboo-sanctioned Starfighter, not unlike Anakin Skywalker's. However, she leaves the Astromech pod empty, aware that Din Djarin isn't the biggest fan of droids.
And it's pretty obvious that this empty pod isn't going to stay empty for long! Fans are already visualizing Grogu sitting in the pod while Din Djarin tears through the skies and stars. Or is it possible that this empty pod is a placeholder for a new child character altogether? After all, wouldn't it feel a little cheap to bring Grogu back into the show so quickly?
Is it time for the show and for fans to move on from Grogu? While there's still a lot to learn about the youngling yet, this can still be explored without Grogu having to be back in Din Djarin's care. It would be a devastating blow to only learn so much about him, as seen in The Book of Boba Fett episode 6, only to learn no more from here on out.
It might be the best of both worlds, and the most logical way for Grogu to remain in The Mandalorian, in that he never returns to Din Djarin's care, but viewers can follow his journey as a Padawan all the same. Could this be the way..?