It’s a dark time for Baby Yoda on The Mandalorian: after having escaped the capture of Moff Gideon for a long time, he is taken prisoner by the imperial villain and taken away from his friends. While Gideon has yet to fully explain why he wants Grogu and what he does, it is slowly becoming clear that he is hoping to steal something very important from the little guy, for very evil purposes.
It’s a line from Gideon at the end of the episode that seems to really confirm what he’s doing. After provoking and exhausting Grogu, who is now his prisoner, he asks one of his officers to contact Dr Pershing, the scientist who was last seen trying to keep Grogu alive while experimenting on him for the client in the first season. Gideon wants Pershing to say the “donor” was secured, obviously referring to Grogu.
This seems to confirm a long-standing theory that has been almost repeatedly confirmed but has never been categorically stated: the villains of The Mandalorian are here to extract the midi-chlorians from Grogu and transfer them – and the Force powers they provoke – to someone else. Pieces and pieces of this plot have been revealed over time. First, at the very beginning of the series, Pershing is asked to “extract” something from Grogu and argues with his boss, since the Client doesn’t care if Grogu is killed during the experimental procedures. Midi-chlorians, you may remember, are essentially the building blocks of the universe in the world of Star Wars: living, intelligent microscopic organisms that exist in every living being at different concentrations. High midi-chlorian counts result in higher Force sensitivity; a Jedi or a potential Jedi, like Grogu, would have an unusually high number.
In the alternative Legends canon (made up of material from the original trilogy but made non-canon after Disney acquired the franchise), there is technology that allows infusions of someone with a high midi chloride count to heal someone who is on the verge of death. While this has yet to be addressed in the current main canon, it’s certainly possible that this is why Gideon is after Grogu: to get a “transfusion” that will save his life or the life of another. imperial character.
The alternate explanation is an even scarier thought: Gideon is attempting to artificially transform himself into a Jedi, or, more specifically, into the Sith Lord. He has already acquired a Lightsaber, carrying the legendary Mandalorian Dark Saber despite being neither a Jedi nor a Mandalorian, and there is no explanation yet as to why this is the weapon he is using. ‘he chose. Lightsabers aren’t exactly a common weapon, and they’re known as a weapon used almost exclusively by Force users, so it’s really weird that a “normal” guy, even a powerful Imperial officer, wields one without. a good reason. Pair that with his obsession with capturing Grogu as a midi-chlorian “donor”, and it is very possible that he hopes to transfer the child’s Force abilities to himself and become a full-fledged Sith to restore. the dark side and the Empire in stride. of the deaths of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine. It might take a while before you know exactly what he’s doing, but it’s definitely something that will have major consequences.