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This Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Theory Changes How You Watch The Mandalorian

Disney Plus' hit series "The Mandalorian" — helmed by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni — seems to have restored balance in the Force with its delicate blend of nostalgia, world-building, and character development. Anchored by main characters Din "Mando" Djarin and his adorable Force-sensitive, infant-like sidekick Grogu (FKA "Baby Yoda"), "The Mandalorian" depicts Mando as he explores the galaxy in an attempt to return Grogu to his own kind and keep him out of reach of the Empire remnant forces.

Grogu himself has become a pop culture phenomenon due to his cuteness, amazing Force abilities, and mysterious backstory. And though viewers have been granted glimpses into Grogu's origins over the course of the show's two seasons, much of Grogu's past has been kept vague by Favreau and company. But in typical "Star Wars" fashion, many dedicated fans of both the series and the overarching franchise have begun forging their own theories as to how Grogu survived the Great Jedi Purge and eventually ended up as Mando's companion. If one of these theories is true, it can completely change how you see the entire series.

A theory suggests Cere saved Grogu in the Jedi Temple

During season 2 of "The Mandalorian," it is discovered that the former Padawan Grogu was present when Darth Vader and the Clone Army stormed the Jedi Temple and massacred the Jedi as part of Order 66. It is also revealed that the small Yoda-like being was saved by an unseen rescuer. Going into Season 3 of "The Mandalorian," it is unknown who exactly saved Grogu from his death — but one Redditor seems to think they have the answer.

In "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order," a "Dark Souls"-like single-player game released in 2019, one of the supporting characters is Cere Junda, a former Jedi Master who has cut herself off from the Force and is still dealing with the trauma after losing her Padawan, Trilla. At one point, Cere tells protagonist Cal that during the Purge, she attempted to save her Padawan, as well as other younglings from the Jedi Temple.

Reddit user u/jokeook seems to think that this revelation could mean that Cere might be the one responsible for saving Grogu from his imminent death. This theory isn't a new one, either. Back in 2020, Reddit user u/NeptuneOW also pondered that Cere might've been the one to save Grogu at the Jedi Temple. Judging by some comments, many "Star Wars" fans would happily accept that explanation and think it's a great way to connect the video games with the rest of the franchise's lore.