Why Moff Gideon may be after Baby Yoda

There could be another way to read Moff Gideon’s warning, and it may have something to do with all those Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) clones in The Rise of Skywalker. To explore this possibility, we’ll have to dive back into theory land and consider that Baby Yoda might be a Yoda clone. This theory was first posited after episode 3 of The Mandolorian, when a savvy fan noticed that an insignia on the doctor’s uniform resembled the same worn by those on the planet Kamino, which is where the clones in Attack of the Clones were made.

That fact doesn’t clear up Baby Yoda’s clone status, or if The Client (Werner Herzog) and Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi) were simply looking to “harvest the necessary materials” needed to make a Force-sensitive clone. It’s also unclear who they’re working for, though it seems likely Moff Gideon is behind their actions. 

Whatever the case, Giancarlo Esposito’s assertion that Moff Gideon “could want to be their [Baby Yoda’s] best friend” and “figure out how to make all of us a little better at humanity” may allude to other motives — ones that could mean he’s a good guy, and that he’s perhaps looking to take Baby Yoda off the Empirical chess board. 

That being said, the idea of Moff Gideon being a goodie instead of a baddie doesn’t exactly jibe with his actions during The Mandalorian’s season 1 finale — i.e., showing up with a bunch of stormtroopers and killing fan-favorite character Kuill (Nick Nolte). The idea is even harder to swallow when you consider his Empirical background. 

With no answers for now, we’re stuck waiting for season 2 of The Mandolorian to learn if Moff Gideon is out to prevent the rise of a new Empire, or if he’s the key architect in its construction.

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