Mandalorian Theory: Grogu Chooses The Armor (But Steals Yoda’s Lightsaber)

Luke Skywalker asks Grogu to choose between Mandalorian armor and Yoda's lightsaber. What if he picks the beskar... but steals the lightsaber anyway?

Grogu must pick between Din Djarin’s gift of beskar armor and Yoda’s old lightsaber in The Book of Boba Fett… but maybe there’s a thieving third option on the table? The Book of Boba Fett episode 6 brings Grogu back to Disney+ for the first time since The Mandalorian season 2’s finale, and, predictably, he’s not a model first student for Luke Skywalker’s Jedi academy. Grogu tries his best practicing meditation… but gets distracted by tasty froggos nearby. He thinks a training remote is for soccer… then destroys the thing when it becomes annoying. And instead of forgoing all personal attachments like any good Jedi should, Grogu would much rather give his adoptive father, Din Djarin, the biggest hug those tiny green arms can manage.

Nevertheless, Grogu’s affinity with the Force is obvious, and Luke Skywalker offers the padawan a choice that’ll kill or cure his dedication to Jedi training. Grogu can either have the Mandalorian beskar armor forged from Din Djarin’s spear as a gift, or accept the former lightsaber of Luke’s own mentor, Yoda. If he picks the Jedi path, Grogu must accept he’ll likely never see Din Djarin again. Should he plump for the beskar armor, Grogu’s training ends, and he’ll go back to watching his dad shoot people for money.

This impossible choice provides the narrative foundation for Grogu’s upcoming journey in The Mandalorian season 3. Rather than choosing one gift over the other, however, what if Grogu takes the armor… then secretly swipes Yoda’s lightsaber to take on his ventures around the galaxy?

Grogu’s Story Foreshadows The Armor AND The Lightsaber

The Book of Boba Fett subtly foreshadows Grogu picking Din Djarin’s gift over Luke Skywalker’s – but also drops massive clues suggesting Grogu will inherit Yoda’s lightsaber in the near future. Could Grogu somehow get the best of both worlds?

In The Book of Boba Fett episode 5, Din Djarin recruits Amy Sedaris’ Peli Motto to craft a replacement for the destroyed Razorcrest. Using a modified N-1 starfighter from The Phantom Menace as the base for Mando’s new ride, Motto took it upon herself to hollow out where an astromech droid would typically sit, leaving a conspicuously Grogu-shaped compartment behind Djarin’s pilot’s chair. Since the N-1 will be our main mode of transport heading into The Mandalorian season 3, the inclusion of this little cabin suggests father and son will be reunited, and Grogu must, therefore, pick the beskar armor over Yoda’s lightsaber. Luke Skywalker even preempts Grogu’s departure, telling Ahsoka Tano that his padawan isn’t really learning anything during their lessons, but remembering what he already knew. That confession means Luke isn’t necessarily the tutor Grogu needs in The Book of Boba Fett.

And remember Kylo Ren will eventually massacre Luke Skywalker’s Jedi academy in a fiery Palpatine-inspired tantrum. Having Grogu pick the beskar armor and getting him out of harm’s way before that tragedy happens makes perfect sense.

Despite making a strong case for picking the armor, The Book of Boba Fett also teases Grogu becoming the proud new owner of Yoda’s lightsaber. When Luke is practicing his combat forms in episode 6, Grogu watches in awe, transfixed by the dancing swirl of green. Those are the wide, longing eyes of someone who likes what he sees, and desperately wants to find a lightsaber of his own wrapped under the Life Day tree. The reappearance of Yoda’s undersized lightsaber in The Book of Boba Fett episode 6’s final scene then seals the deal. Now Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have tickled fans’ imaginations with the prospect of Grogu inheriting Yoda’s Jedi weapon, they have no option but to deliver on that promise. Like a glowing green Chekhov’s gun, there’s no point bringing Yoda’s lightsaber back into Star Wars unless Grogu will be waving the thing around eventually. It’s not like anyone else can use a sword that size.

Grogu Must Walk The Path Of Tarre Vizsla

Luke Skywalker might’ve heard the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise, but he clearly hasn’t paid attention to the tale of Tarre Vizsla. Jedi and Mandalorians have been bickering for centuries in Star Wars‘ fictional history, and only one Mando has ever been inducted into the Jedi Order – the legendary Darksaber creator, Tarre Vizsla. Other Jedi have tried to bring the two cultures together since (most notably Obi-Wan Kenobi, who said “hello, there” to Satine Kryze), but the connection remains strained. Grogu is the best representation of a Mandalorian Jedi since Tarre, having been raised equally by both doctrines. Luke Skywalker clearly believes Yoda’s destiny lies down one path or the other, but the more satisfying outcome would be Grogu refusing to deny either aspect of his upbringing, uniting two cultures by wearing beskar armor and carrying a lightsaber.

Theory: Grogu Steals Yoda’s Lightsaber

Given the volume of evidence pointing toward a Grogu/Din Djarin reunion in The Mandalorian season 3, the little green padawan picks Mando’s gift over Luke’s, proudly slipping on his stylish new beskar chain mail. Luke is disappointed to lose his first Jedi student, but accepts Grogu’s decision regardless. Like a parent receiving a phone call after their kid has misbehaved in school, Din Djarin is summoned to pick up his son. Grogu boards the N-1 for the first time, making himself comfy in the compartment Peli Motto conveniently carved out, and as Mando’s ship climbs into the air, Grogu peeks from the glass dome to see Luke bidding farewell. With a sneaky smile on his face, Grogu then reaches into his robes and pulls out Yoda’s lightsaber. Luke can only watch helplessly as the N-1 speeds off toward further adventures.

Across both seasons of The Mandalorian, Grogu has shown a predilection for mischief. That naughty streak first became apparent when Grogu would fiddle with his dad’s ship controls – stealing shiny round balls and flicking switches, despite repeated instructions to leave the console alone. Then, in The Mandalorian season 2, Grogu made headlines by sneakily eating the eggs of an endangered species while Mando ferried their mother to Trask – once again knowing full well he shouldn’t. And, of course, when a Nevarro classroom brat wouldn’t share his blue cookies, Grogu simply took the whole packet by Force. When this young Jedi wants something, he tends to just take it, and those small incidents of rebellion in The Mandalorian could be leading toward Grogu thieving something more valuable in a future episode…

Grogu’s mischievous nature leaves no reason for him to obey Luke Skywalker’s “one-or-the-other” ultimatum. He clearly desires Yoda’s lightsaber, and since Luke already gave away which box he keeps it in, Grogu will surely be tempted by some light(saber)-fingered antics before Din Djarin arrives to collect him from Jedi daycare.

Grogu Having Both Gifts Can Redeem Luke Skywalker

Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi attracted criticism for its less-than-heroic depiction of Luke Skywaker, and though the Jedi’s cameo in The Mandalorian was hailed as a return to form after his disappointing sequel trilogy story, Luke doesn’t exactly cover himself in glory during The Book of Boba Fett‘s training sequences. Master Skywalker won’t allow Grogu to see his parent, repeating exactly the same mistake that pushed Anakin toward the dark side. He makes Grogu train with a remote, but whereas Obi-Wan Kenobi at least gave Luke a lightsaber to defend himself, Grogu isn’t even warned the blasts are coming. The final scene where Luke forces Grogu to choose between Mandalorian and Jedi caps an episode full of teaching so harsh, it’s easy to see why Ben Solo became a wrong’un.

Grogu stealing Yoda’s lightsaber can help redeem Luke after his questionable training methods in The Book of Boba Fett. Assuming the Jedi doesn’t discover Yoda’s weapon is gone until Grogu has already boarded Mando’s ship, the theft would represent a tiny green middle finger from student to master – a gesture many viewers would feel is thoroughly deserved. As a powerful Jedi, however, Luke may foresee Grogu nabbing Yoda’s lightsaber without permission. If he knew the blade had been taken but chose to let Grogu have it anyway, that kindness would offset Luke being an absolute moisture-farmer in The Book of Boba Fett.

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