The Mandalorian episode director Bryce Dallas Howard says she was terrified her kids would give away the secret of Baby Yoda after visiting the set.
The Mandalorian episode director Bryce Dallas Howard says she was worried her kids would give away the Baby Yoda surprise. The arrival of The Child – known popularly as Baby Yoda – was indeed a huge shock for fans of the breakout hit Disney+ Star Wars show, but it didn’t take long for the internet to get over being gobsmacked and begin furiously producing Baby Yoda memes.
Thanks in large part to those hilarious memes, Baby Yoda has gone on to become a massive pop culture sensation in the months since that shocking episode 1 reveal. Of course, actual clues about the origins and potential significance of The Child were hard to come by in season 1 as The Mandalorian focused on developing the lead character and setting up new conflicts for season 2. As for that second season, the show’s plate is definitely loaded with Moff Gideon and his darksaber returning, and more characters arriving including Boba Fett and Ahsoka Tano. Those new characters may get plenty of focus as the second season of The Mandalorian arrives, and Disney attempts to build new live-action Star Wars properties to fill up their streaming service, but Baby Yoda will no doubt get plenty of attention too.
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There’s no question the decision to keep Baby Yoda’s existence a secret until the end of episode 1 was a brilliant move, and a very difficult one to pull off. No doubt everyone involved with the show was nervous that the cat would be let out of the bag early, and that includes episode director Howard who spoke to PeopleTV (via EW) about the steps she took to ensure her own kids, who visited the set and saw The Child in action, didn’t spill the beans. She said:
“The thing that was terrifying was the notion of having children on a set, and what was gonna happen with kids seeing Baby. All the kids that were on set, I had conversations with each one of them, just about keeping Baby a secret. And they were all just so great. But my kids, every single day when they were going back to school, before school, I would say, ‘Who do we not talk about today?’ And they would be like, ‘Baby!’ It was amazing to get to see my kids on a Star Wars set, just having the time of their life.”
Howard of course directed the episode “Sanctuary,” which saw Mando and the Child visiting a distant forest planet and becoming involved with a group of villagers including some children who naturally were fascinated by Baby Yoda. Given everything that was at stake with the Baby Yoda reveal, it’s easy to understand why Howard would fret over her kids spoiling the secret, and indeed it sounds like she went to great lengths to ensure they would not give up the information to their friends at school.
As effective as the “Sanctuary” episode was (it actually gave the internet one of its greatest Baby Yoda memes, the one featuring the character sipping bone broth from a cup) it’s no surprise to see Howard will be back directing another episode for season 2. It remains to be seen what Howard’s new The Mandalorian episode will be about, but she almost certainly doesn’t have as much stress to deal with as she clearly did after directing Baby Yoda and being forced to sit on the secret for months afterward. Of course, season 2 of the show is bound to have some surprises too, so who knows what Howard and her kids may be staying mum about now.
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