‘Baby Yoda’ Owns the Internet. What Does That Mean for the Future of ‘Star Wars’?

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In a bitterly divided nation, few things have the power to bring us together — and one of them seems to be a doe-eyed green puppet the internet has dubbed “Baby Yoda,” according to NBC News.

Baby Yoda, so named for his resemblance to the gnomic, anastrophe-spouting Jedi master of the “Star Wars” movies, is the breakout co-star of the new Disney Plus series “The Mandalorian.” In the eight-episode serial, the titular mysterious bounty hunter takes Baby Yoda under his wing.

But, as a cursory glance at Twitter suggests, Baby Yoda is no mere television character. In the days since the “Star Wars” spinoff show premiered, the pointy-eared tyke has become a generation-spanning meme, an all-purpose totem of cuteness and the subject of frenzied fan theories.

What are we to make of this creature? Here’s a look at what Baby Yoda tells us about our cultural moment — and where he might fit into the sprawling, endlessly debated “Star Wars” mythology.

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