Is Baby Yoda the key to making Rise of Skywalker make sense?

The Mandalorian season 2 episode 4 brings the series back to Nevarro, the planet where Mando first got the mission that led him to The Child. So it shouldn’t be surprising that our trip back there has revealed more about the Empire’s plans for Baby Yoda than anything so far this season.

Even better than just the Empire’s plans, this episode also might have provided a nice bridge between the Empire, and the eventual rise of the First Order and its leader.

If you remember all the way back to season 1 of The Mandalorian, you’ll probably recall that Nevarro was the home base of everyone’s least-favorite scientist, Doctor Pershing, who poked and prodded Baby Yoda on behalf of The Client and the Empire. Pershing made his return this week just in time to give us some extremely helpful information about the kinds of experiments he was doing with Baby Yoda.

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