The Mandalorian producers discuss possibility of Grogu talking

(L-R): Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) and Grogu in Lucasfilm's THE MANDALORIAN, season three, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
(L-R): Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) and Grogu in Lucasfilm's THE MANDALORIAN, season three, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. /

The Mandalorian season 3 has been absolutely amazing on every level, especially for fans of the show Star Wars Rebels. An appearance from Zeb Orrelios? Not only was it an unexpected surprise, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen such amazing CGI for a character. It was quite unbelievable!

Of course, at the heart of The Mandalorian is the adorable Grogu. He’s nickname is Baby Yoda, but he’s actually 50 years old! That species ages slowly.

So far, we’ve only heard Grogu make adorable cooing noises, but many have wondered if he will ever speak. Insider asked executive producer Dave Filoni about it on the PaleyFest red carpet. “You know, I leave all that stuff to [creator Jon Favreau], really. I’m very protective of the character as far as being Jon’s brainchild, literally,” he said. “I advise and obviously have been a big part of that creation. We talk about how much would that change him or how much do we change him? We really like him how he is. It’s hard. It’s a great question. It’s definitely something we think about and you know, I think it depends how much farther we go forward. I don’t know.”

Will Grogu ever talk on The Mandalorian?

It makes sense to be on the fence about making drastic changes to a beloved character. Part of Grogu’s appeal is the way he coos and makes noises, I don’t know how we would feel if he started talking. I like him just the way he is! Plus, he does have a way of communicating. He did talk to Ahsoka in his own way, didn’t he?

I guess Filoni and Favreau will make that executive decision at some point; I trust them wholeheartedly! In the meantime, if you haven’t watched The Clone Wars or Rebels animated series, I recommend you to do so. This season of The Mandalorian has been roping in material from both shows, and it’s been so exciting for fans.

While I’m insisting that you go watch those shows, Filoni is fine if you don’t. He thinks The Mandalorian should be able to stand on its own. “You can go and watch those things if you want to, but it should never take away from what you’re watching now and the emotional connections and the characters you have now,” he said. “You’ll get a deeper experience out of things if you know a lot about Ahsoka so when she shows up in Mando, you’re like, ‘Oh, I know her. But if you don’t, when she comes right in the top of frame, in the woods, she should just be an exciting, interesting character from ‘Go.'”

"Of course, if you know her from before, I get why that’s gonna be more special. But maybe ‘Mando’ was your entry point. That’s totally fine. As the person who made the animation, I’d be thrilled if you went back and watched it. So please, please go and watch it. But it’s not a must."

I promise it is super exciting when characters like Zeb Orrelios randomly show up on The Mandalorian. I’m looking forward to what else this season has in store for us!

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