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Baby Yoda Totally Sets Up ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

No spoilers, but 'The Mandalorian' episode 7 makes a huge connection to the new film.

Credit: Lucasfilm

Spoiling The Rise of Skywalker for people who haven’t seen it is deeply lame. I’m not going to tell you specifics anything about what happens in The Rise of Skywalker, but I will say this: The latest episode of The Mandalorian is pretty much essential viewing if you’re planning on seeing the big new Star Wars movie this weekend. In one specific scene, Baby Yoda does something that is going to matter big-time for the characters from the big screen. Here’s why!

Spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian episode “Chapter 7: The Reckoning” and one very mild spoiler for The Rise of Skywalker. You’ve been warned!

More than any other episode, the newest installment in the adventures of Mando and his buddies features Baby Yoda using the Force like he’s never used it before. In addition to busting-out an old-school Darth Vader Force-choke movie, Baby Yoda also heals Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) when he’s attacked by apparently venomous pterodactyls. Prior to this, the ability to heal a wound with the Force is not something we’ve seen on screen in Star Wars.

You may think this is random and sort of comes out of nowhere, and you’re not totally wrong. But, the Star Wars overlords have placed this detail here for a very specific reason. You can connect the dots. Baby Yoda’s new power is something that pops up in The Rise of Skywalker. I’m not saying if Baby Yoda does or doesn’t appear, and I’m not saying who has this Force power (because that would be a true spoiler) but just know, that if you’ve seen the seventh episode of The Mandalorian before The Rise of Skywalker, you’ll already be prepped for one fairly important plot twist.

For now, there’s only one episode of The Mandalorian left. It airs after Christmas next Friday, December 27, 2019, on Disney+.