Published Nov 11, 2020
The Mandalorian is back with plenty more GIFable action sequences, but as of this week the internet is starting to turn on Baby Yoda. That’s because, in Season 2 Episode 2 of the show, the adorable little creature did a big-time no-no and started munching on some eggs belonging to a new character known as Frog Lady.
Yes, this is the kind of thing we are all writing about toward the end of 2020. And you’re reading it. But that’s because things just keep getting more ridiculous. In the most recent episode of the show, Din Djarin (a.k.a. Mando) is tasked with helping Frog Lady transport a vat of eggs to a faraway planet so they can be fertilized and keep her species from going extinct.
Unfortunately, the vat of eggs looks like a giant oversized bubble tea, which explains why The Child got his adorable little hands in there and gobbled up a whole bunch of eggs throughout the episode.
The egg-munching has had the internet totally divided, with some high-profile Star Wars fans claiming Baby Yoda was committing an act of genocide:
Me trying to explain to my kid that Baby Yoda eating those eggs isn’t cute, it’s genocide. pic.twitter.com/PJGjc7WpCI
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) November 10, 2020
Still, other Star Wars obsessives have suggested it was a matter of poor child care that allowed Baby Yoda to gobble up all of those eggs:
If the eggs are so precious maybe don’t leave them unattended in a container that a child can easily open.
— Getting Shot By My Friends (@Rappin4Safety) November 11, 2020
The debate over the eggs has gotten so heated that a Lucasfilm executive decided to weigh in, assuring readers that the eggs were unfertilized and thus no different than if Baby Yoda were to enjoy the eggs from a chicken. This does mean, however, that Baby Yoda is not vegan.
For the record, Chapter 10 of #TheMandalorian makes it clear that the Frog Lady’s eggs are unfertilized, like the chicken eggs many of us enjoy. But obviously, chickens aren’t sentient beings and the Child eating the eggs is intentionally disturbing, for comedic effect.#StarWars https://t.co/Js51fLpE3C
— Phil Szostak (@PhilSzostak) November 9, 2020