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We’re in the midst of a Mandalorian hiatus as the cast and crew are busy filming season 2, and while we probably won’t learn anything substantial about it for several months, writer and showrunner Jon Favreau delivered anyway with the father of all images.
You see, we now have blurry, photographic proof that George Lucas—who’s responsible for creating the world of Star Wars—has met Baby Yoda. The Maker and the Child, if you will.
Like Favreau’s early reveal of the concept art for Baby Yoda, it’s a pure distillation of why Mandalorian fans have latched onto this character, whether we’re looking at a still puppet, a drawing, or seeing the little guy in action. He’s really freaking cute, and seeing Lucas cradle him as if he was holding a baby (albeit a very expensive baby) just takes the cake.
It’s Star Wars old and new in a single photo, and amid the toxicity that’s reemerged after The Rise of Skywalker, it’s almost a relief to see something as simple as a blurry photo of Lucas and the Baby Yoda puppet on the set of The Mandalorian bring a fandom together.
"Always two, there are. A master, and an apprentice." https://t.co/7xIC0TmJzv— Austen Bundy (@AustenBundyDC) January 17, 2020
Extremely blessed image passing by your timeline https://t.co/ydwu4QDasZ— Davi Brantes (@BrantesDavi) January 17, 2020
Ever since he sold Star Wars every photo of George Lucas is blurry because he has transcended cinema and 1/24th of a second can no longer capture him pic.twitter.com/ka3rKYNxhP— Carl Garcia (@carlinspace) January 17, 2020
"no, *I* am your father" https://t.co/osXhNVVjQP— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 17, 2020
Is there a reason that Lucas is visiting the Mandalorian set as the show films its second season? Perhaps—and maybe it even has something to do with Baby Yoda and the backstory of his species, something that Lucas has historically revealed very little about; the species doesn’t even have a name.
But even taken at face value, it’s definitely the kind of photo that demonstrates at least one thing: That our love for a tiny green puppet wasn’t just a fever dream restricted to a single season of television.
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.