‘The Book of Boba Fett’: Jon Favreau Shares Why Grogu and Mando Reunited
“We couldn’t just hard reset it,” Favreau said, comparing the Disney+ “Star Wars” series to the “Paper Moon” movie.
Jon Favreau clears up ‘The Mandalorian’ fan fears about Baby Yoda.
The co-creator of the Disney+ series revealed that Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and baby Grog had to reunite in “The Book of Boba Fett” as soon as possible to make “The Mandalorian” Season 3. In the Season 2 finale, “The Mandalorian,” Din gave Grogu to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) for Jedi training, and they seemed to be separated for what we thought was a good long time — adding emotion to the scene. Because of this, many expected them to be separated for at least part of Season 3 as Mando becomes involved in the fight to reclaim Mandalore.
But Favreau had other ideas.
“We couldn’t just hard reset it,” Favreau said Empire magazine. It will be interesting to see how this plays out for people who may not have seen the Boba Fett book. But I think “The Book of Boba Fett” offered time to pass. You’ve seen Mando without Baby Yoda, and we’ve seen Grogu without the Mandalorian, and neither of them did very well.”
Favreau continued, “So having them come back was a really good plot point that allows us to jump back into Season 3 while maintaining the central relationship.”
And while Grogu didn’t flourish during Jedi training, Favreau noted that the series needed to “serve both of those things” and show that path for the character.
“Just because this kid has the potential and the training doesn’t make him a Mandalorian?” Favreau marveled. “I saw it more like ‘Paper Moon,’ where it’s all about giving the kid to the blood relative, but I realized that whether he’s the father genetically or just by connection, Tatum O’Neal has to end up with Ryan. O’Neal. This ending feels really good to me. And this little kid (Grogu) is given a decision to choose. And the kid chooses the emotional connection and wants to be with the Mandalorians and hands over Yoda’s lightsaber. Part of you wants to see him grow, and another part of you wants to see him grow.
He added: “You have this interesting character who has some Jedi training, Force abilities, but also joins the Mandalorian culture, which we decided he could choose. It demands a lot, it offers a lot. Historically, the Mandalorians developed these devices, armor, and weapons to counter the Force abilities of the Jedi. So as a storyteller, it’s a huge opportunity.”
“The Mandalorian” star Pascal recently spoke about the aforementioned armor, comparing wearing the Mando helmet to “going blind.”
“Your breath completely fogs the narrow gap you can see through.” No peripheral vision,” Pascal said. “It’s ironic that you don’t see any facial expressions because it puts you completely in the world and makes the character feel real right away, but you don’t see shit!”
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