'Star Wars: The Mandalorian' director settles 'Baby Yoda' debate once and for all

'Star Wars: The Mandalorian' director settles 'Baby Yoda' debate once and for all

Star Wars fans have been rejoicing of late: for the first time since the infamously-terrible Holiday Special aired back in 1978, the biggest sci-fi saga in the world has returned to the small screen. Yes, The Mandalorian; a TV series chronicling the adventures of a nameless bounty hunter in a galaxy far, far away has aired this week, and it's already proved to be a hit with audiences.

However, Star Wars fans have always been an argumentative bunch: squabbling over half-forgotten lore and trivia. This week, we were treated to a glimpse of a baby alien that looked like an infant member of Yoda's species, and fans online have now been feverishly debating what to call it.

An image of Dave Filoni. Credit: PA Images

The debate was so heavy that one of the directors of the series, Dave Filoni, was forced to step in to settle things. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight in an interview which has since been shared in video form on social media, the filmmaker said that referring to the little green alien as 'Baby Yoda' was fine. He responded: "That's fine, all part of the mystery."

In a recent interview with Collider series creator Jon Favreau stated: "I have to thank Disney and Lucasfilm because the way the cat usually gets out of the bag with that stuff is merchandising and toy catalogs and things like that."

He continued: "So they really back us up. We really wanted to have it be that you had to watch it yourself, so that every time you watch the show, there are new twists and secrets that come out."

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He added: "That requires a lot of restraint from the people who are footing the bill, saying they're gonna hold back on certain things so that the public doesn't know ahead of time. Part of that was holding back on some of the merchandise and holding back on some of the characters."