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  • - Why does Moff Gideon want Baby Yoda so badly?

  • Now folks, despite unfounded rumors

  • over the long holiday weekend that

  • the Kenobi series was in trouble.

  • It's not, don't worry.

  • It's clear that Star Wars is continuing

  • to be a galactic tour de force

  • partially due to the success of the first ever

  • live-action Star Wars show, The Mandalorian.

  • And with the first season

  • of The Mandalorian coming to a close in 2019,

  • fans are eagerly awaiting the next entry in the series.

  • Especially with all the many mysteries teased out

  • and all of the questions that we had

  • at the season's epic conclusion.

  • And one of the biggest question marks is,

  • why does Moff Gideon want the Child so badly?

  • I'm sorry, his real name is the wee Baby Yoda.

  • I didn't mean to say the child, here we are.

  • Now before we go any further,

  • let's pop on a quick spoiler warning here

  • just 'cause we're gonna be getting the things

  • that could be considered spoilers for

  • the first season of The Mandalorian,

  • the season finale specifically,

  • and definitely speculation territory for season two.

  • But if you are sticking around with us,

  • please feel free to give us a like and subscribe.

  • It's what Baby Yoda would want.

  • - I would like to see the baby.

  • - Now, if you're still here

  • you're gonna be glad to know that Giancarlo Esposito,

  • the actor behind Moff Gideon,

  • recently spoke to IGN about the character's motivations.

  • And while he wasn't super specific about the details

  • if add to what he said everything that we know already,

  • it gives us some pretty clear pictures

  • of what he wants with the wee Baby Yodes.

  • And it's not looking good for that adorable little child,

  • that's for damn sure.

  • So, what did he say? (clears throat)

  • "Like any great leader or scientist--

  • "clue, clue, clue--

  • "with someone who is advanced in a certain way,

  • "yeah, you could want to be their best friend,

  • "or you could want to co-opt what's inside them

  • "to figure out how to make all of us

  • "a little better at humanity."

  • Better at humanity.

  • Whatever could that mean my dearest Moff?

  • Well, Giancarlo Esposito went on to say,

  • "So, it's that power and control of a Moff leader

  • "who's trying to put the universe back together.

  • "But how does he know everything?

  • "How does he know everything that's going on?

  • "He's a very interesting character

  • "and I'm so honored to be a part of this production."

  • Now admittedly, this quote is not the most detailed,

  • but let's see what happens when we add

  • the rest of our considerable knowledge to this.

  • Now, first of all,

  • due to some super sleuthing on the parts of fans

  • early on in the Mando season one,

  • Dr. Pershing, you remember that guy had

  • the symbol for the Kaminoan and cloners on his uniform.

  • Well since The Client and Pershing are working

  • for Moff Gideon.

  • What does Gideon want with the baby and cloning scientist?

  • Well, The Client tells Dr. Pershing to extract the material

  • when the Mandalorian is eavesdropping on them.

  • Now it doesn't take a massive leap in logic

  • to assume that he's referring to the Midichlorians

  • or the microscopic organisms that help beings

  • in the Star Wars galaxy communicate with the force,

  • that reside presumably within the wee Baby Yoda's

  • wee baby bloodstream.

  • So if Moff Gideon is after some sweet sweet Midichlores

  • from the wee Baby Yoda.

  • What will he do once he's got them?

  • Is he gonna give them to a lab?

  • Is he just gonna straight up drink em?

  • Who knows.

  • Now if we go back to that quote,

  • he stresses that he's a leader and a scientist,

  • and he also says, let me remind you,

  • "With someone who's advanced in a certain way,

  • "yeah you could want to be their best friend,

  • "or you would want to co-opt what's inside them

  • "to figure out how to make all of us

  • "a little better at humanity."

  • Now obviously he wants to find a way

  • to put force sensitivity in certain people

  • and this has led some fans out there

  • to think that the all of us a little better

  • at humanity part of that quote,

  • means that Moff Gideon wants to level the playing field

  • and distribute force abilities to everyone.

  • You know the classic Syndrome from Incredibles

  • sort of evil plan.

  • But that doesn't really fit in

  • with the whole Imperial aesthetic,

  • because no matter how he views himself Gideon

  • isn't some sort of hero for humanity,

  • he was more than willing

  • to just straight up murder stormtroopers

  • and he was also willing to murk the wee Baby Yoda

  • to get what he wanted as well,

  • since Dr. Pershing said that without him,

  • the baby would already be dead.

  • Looking at you Jason Sudeikis.

  • (Yoda wailing)

  • Now it's much more likely that with the cloning connection

  • Gideon is trying to create an army of force users

  • to bring the empire back to power.

  • Now this is something that we speculated about

  • way back in The Mandalorian episode three

  • and this honestly feels like the confirmation

  • we were looking for.

  • It's also worth noting that some fans are speculating

  • that Moff Gideon might be wanting

  • the Midichlorians to help resurrect empire Palpatine,

  • who's currently regenerating in some capacity

  • in the unknown region on Exogol,

  • probably in one of his weird nightmare goo pods.

  • So maybe stealing Midichlorians is part of

  • this secret Sith dark side cloning science

  • that Dominic Monaghan references

  • in Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker.

  • And side note did you know that Monaghan's character

  • was named Beaumont because neither did we.

  • While this is a possibility we think that Gideon

  • isn't working for Palpatine directly.

  • Now according to conical sources like,

  • the Aftermath novel trilogy

  • and the Battlefront two video game,

  • Palpatine took everyone he trusted to the unknown regions

  • to work on building both his first and final orders.

  • And he tried to destroy what was left of the empire

  • that he felt had failed him.

  • So if Moff Gideon wasn't a piece of Palpatine's inner circle

  • well he's more likely an Imperial loyalist

  • rather than a Palpatine loyalist or a pal patine.

  • Gideon strikes as more as an officer who bought

  • the Imperial propaganda hook like and sinker.

  • He's trying to enforce order throughout the galaxy

  • by bringing the empire itself back

  • not just that weird crusty old Palps

  • and the best way to do that is by infusing his troops

  • with Midichlorians or by growing new batches

  • of force sensitive stormtroopers.

  • And that isn't to say we couldn't see hints

  • of the first order or the final order in season two

  • of The Mandalorian.

  • But we're pretty sure that Palpatine would view

  • an Imperial Moff trying to create new force sensitive armies

  • as a pretty major threat to his power.

  • Now this next bit certainly falls into the realm

  • of super speculation but it's also worth noting

  • we might be getting more insight

  • into Moff Gideon's background with the upcoming season seven

  • of The Clone Wars, which drops on Disney Plus in February.

  • So this season is going to deal with the siege of Mandalore

  • during The Clone Wars and considering that Moff Gideon

  • was one of the orchestrators of The Mandalorian purge

  • during the reign of the empire

  • it could have major implications.

  • Add that into Star Wars producer Dave Filoni's heavy

  • involvement in both series

  • and his love of Mandalorian culture

  • and we wouldn't be surprised to see a young Gideon

  • as an Old Republic officer before he became

  • an Imperial agent.

  • There, he could meet Anakin, Obi wan

  • or maybe even the old Baby Yoda himself,