The new Disney+ Star Wars TV series is full of Easter Eggs from the movies. And now The Mandalorian’s episode 5 known as The Gunslinger has paid tribute to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Did you notice how the beginning to the chapter basically mirrors the prequel trilogy movie’s opening?
Back in the 1999 film, Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi take damage from a Trade Federation blockade as their ship departed from Naboo with Padme.
As a result, the trio have to land unexpectantly on Tatooine for repairs.
In The Gunslinger’s opening, The Mandalorian is attacked in Outer Space by another bounty hunter after him for running off with The Child, also known as Baby Yoda.
Mirroring The Phantom Menace, Mando is forced to land on Tatooine for his ship to be repaired too.
Her name was Yaddle and she featured on the Jedi Council during The Phantom Menace.
Considering Episode I takes place around 42 years before The Mandalorian, this means The Child would have been alive then.
So it’s certainly possible that Yaddle could be The Child’s mother.
And maybe even the son of Yoda himself?
While Yoda died in Return of the Jedi, little is known of Yaddle and her whereabouts.
She was briefly mentioned in canon video game Jedi: Fallen Order, so she could well have survived Emperor Palpatine’s Order 66 to purge the galaxy of the Jedi.
However, it’s implied that Darth Vader may have slaughtered her in the official tie-in comic on the Sith Lord.
But for all fans know, Yaddle could very well pop up in the second season of The Mandalorian.