The following story contains spoilers for The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 4 "The Siege."
The Mandalorian has long asked what Moff Gideon wants with Baby Yoda, and Season 2's "The Siege" may have answered that question.
It appears that Baby Yoda's blood, in theory, is being used to create Snoke, a Palpatine clone, or possibly even both.
This would theoretically create a very direct tie between the series and the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
There's been a major question surrounding The Mandalorian for the duration of its run, and it seems like there may finally be an answer. From the beginning, sinister forces—The Client, and eventually Moff Gideon—have been after our sweet little Baby Yoda, also known as The Child. But we haven't gotten a good idea as to why until Season 2 Episode 4, titled "The Siege." The episode didn't explicitly spell it out for us, but it did give us some rather wild Star Wars science: long story short, they appear to be using Baby Yoda's blood to create either Snoke or the reborn version Palpatine.
The first part of the episode feels like a handful of other episodes: a reunion of friends, a bottle-episode side mission. Once aboard the ship, though, Mando, Cara Dune, Greef Karga, and Mythrol find a room that changes everything. Where they previously believed they were inside a forward operating base, they see some sort of developmental body floating in a tank and come to the collective realization that it's actually a lab.
A hologram appears showing a message from Dr. Pershing (who we saw last season working with The Client). Pershing is discussing some sort of transfusion, before saying that the test subject eventually rejected it. "I highly doubt we'll find a donor with a higher m-count, though," he says eventually, confirming that he's talking about a transfusion with Baby Yoda's blood. "The Child is small and I was only able to harvest a limited amount without killing him."
This confirms why Gideon has been hunting for Baby Yoda—his blood, and his "high m-count" (which we have to assume means midi-chlorians, the much-maligned system from the Star Wars prequels which basically means "higher number = more power"). And in case we needed a reminder of Baby Yoda's abilities with the force, the episode sees the little guy use it to steal some space macarons off a classmate's desk.
Take a look again at the body floating in the tank. While it might not literally be Snoke, it sure looks like him—and given how Dr. Pershing alluded to multiple attempts, and how mangled Snoke himself looks in the movies, all signs sure seem to be pointing that direction.
There's been much talk about how Snoke came to be and how Palpatine was reborn (Palpatine has one line in The Rise of Skywalker basically saying that he created Snoke, and other information has been revealed stating that Palpatine was cloned many times over. The Prestige much?). But just with this short scene it seems clear that this process we're seeing is how a sort of grassroots group of Imperial loyalists managed to revive a fearless—and powerful—leader.
When the floating body appears on screen, the music is either literally Snoke's Theme, or music that's very similar to Snoke's theme from the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Rewatch the episode when the body comes on-screen, and listen to the song below.
That's no accident. Some theories have suggested that Moff Gideon could be looking for Baby Yoda's blood as a way to give himself more power within the force—and since he already has the darksaber, that does still seem like somewhat of a possibility. But right now it seems like his plot, by and large, is to get a fearless leader back in place for the rebirth of the empire (which we know will eventually become The First Order). And having already seen the sequel trilogy, we think we know this story's ending—and it's not exactly a happy one.
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