The Mandalorian actor Giancarlo Esposito recently addressed fan speculation that Esposito’s character Moff Gideon wants to obtain Grogu, formerly Baby Yoda, to create force-sensitive super soldiers.
Esposito discussed the fan speculation in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, where James Hibberd asked, “The show seems to be telling us that Moff Gideon wants The Child’s midi-chlorians, perhaps to make his own line of Force-sensitive super-soldiers. Can you say if that theory’s in the galactic ballpark?”
The actor responded, “Well, in the galactic ballpark, I think we’re all trying to figure out what does he really wants. Somewhere in my brain, I hold out something and he has some kind of ethical consideration here.”
He continued, “When people flow out of control and there are all these different Moffs who’ve been assigned different areas to be wardens of, isn’t there one person or someone that may have guidance over all of them?”
“They’re questions that are answered. It could be super soldiers. It could be that he wants to save the galaxy,” he continued.
Esposito then asked, “Also, why does Moff Gideon know everything about what’s going on everywhere? He has some kind of incredible intelligence source. So I always hold out that there may be an altruistic reason that he is taking control or trying to.”
Finally, he concluded, “Certainly, the child represents the possibility of a new humanity of a new consciousness.”
Not only did Esposito discuss fan speculation about force-sensitive super soldiers, but he also addressed the Baby Yoda, who is now named Grogu, egg-eating controversy.
Esposito defended Baby Yoda eating Frog Lady’s eggs saying, “Baby Yoda is a very pure spirit and yet 50 years old, so he’s someone who’s very highly intelligent, but also has to survive. And we need to keep that baby happy.”
He added, “We’ve all fallen in love with The Child and The Child has some compassion and is funny and is absolutely the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.”
Finally, Esposito would also provide a bit of a tease about what to expect in subsequent episodes of The Mandalorian.
He revealed, “I’ll tease the past. We are able to refer to the historical nature of mythology that has already been laid down in previous Star Wars incarnations. This particular incarnation allows us as family members to really plant the seeds to realize a more cohesive world.”
“So I love the fact that we’re in such a futuristic show that throws back to the history and knowledge of what a warrior really is and where the line between good and evil sometimes gets blurred with desire. It allows me to dream really big and to realize that no matter what we want to do in life, if we have the aid of people and entities that share the same feelings, then there’s hope again,” he continued.
Esposito concluded, “So there’s going to be a lot of battles and stormtroopers and all the dark troopers – everyone will get involved. We’re all in a fresh new place to bring it home. I’m so excited to be a part of the show that is the best there is.”
Esposito previously teased his character’s dark and mysterious past back in July during an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
In that interview he also questioned about how Gideon is so knowledgeable stating, ““How does he know everything? There were a bunch of questions. Some of them got answered and many of them not because he’s still trying to find that out.”
He went on to tease, “So to be in the position of having that kind of regal, graceful, power, but have this saber which delineates a different part of me than any other character.”
“To have this saber means I can use it, and I can do my own dirty work. That I’m a fighter. That I’m a warrior. That’s part of me,” he added.
Esposito then teased he might be a descendant of Darth Vader, “Because is he that fallen hero? Is he a descendant of Darth Vader? Who is he? Was he one? He knows all about everything and you will have to wait to find out. And he’s actually pretty good with that Darksaber too.”
He did make it clear that he will continue his hunt for Grogu, “Just don’t let me catch you in Season 2. But you never know. I just want to spend all my time with him. As close as I will get. And believe me I’m good at getting close.”
What do you make of Esposito’s comments? What are you expecting from Moff Gideon in the final episodes of The Mandalorian Season 2?