Episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett was full of easter eggs and cameo appearances. Of course, one of the best cameo scenes involved Jedi Master Luke Skywalker and Grogu. When Luke asked Grogu about his past, the little one seemed confused until Skywalkers allowed him to access his past, which involved a scene of some Jedi protecting him from clone troopers during Order 66. Considering that Grogu survived the decimation of the Jedi, who saved Grogu from Order 66?
It is still unknown who saved Grogu during Order 66. There are some theories that make sense. It could be possible that a Jedi in the temple, such as librarian Jocasta Nu or the stealthy Jedi Quinlan Vos, could have saved him. But it could have also been other people like a bounty hunter or the Bad Batch.
There is no doubt that there were a few Jedi who were able to survive Order 66, given that the Empire used the Inquisitors to hunt them down. Of course, we know that Grogu is one of the survivors. Then again, considering that he isn’t a well-trained Jedi or Force user, it is interesting to speculate how Grogu survived the attack by the clones.
Flashbacks From The Book Of Boba Fett Episode 6 Explained
One of the finest episodes in the era of The Mandalorian is episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett. That’s because this episode was dedicated to cameo appearances from some of the most beloved characters in The Mandalorian era and from past Star Wars movies and series, such as the original trilogy and the Clone Wars. Of course, one of the best scenes involved Luke Skywalker training Grogu in the basics of the Force.
In the scenes involving Luke and Grogu, the Jedi Master was acting like a true mentor to the little Jedi-in-training, as he was telling him how to control his powers better. Luke even went on to tell Grogu the story of Jedi Grandmaster Yoda, who resembles Grogu (hence the nickname “Baby Yoda”). But one of the best scenes involved Luke asking Grogu about his past.
When Luke asked Grogu if he misses his home, he seemed oblivious about his past or his home. That was when Luke used the Force to help Grogu remember his past, and this took us to one of the most iconic and memorable moments of the entire Star Wars continuity.
Those who have seen Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith would know how the entire Jedi Order got decimated two decades before the events of Episode IV: A New Hope. The truth was that Chancellor and soon-to-be-Emperor Palpatine was actually the Sith Lord Darth Sidious hiding in plain sight. He had chips implanted in the clones to comply with something he called Order 66.
Order 66 is basically the order that Palpatine had programmed into the chips so that the clones would immediately comply with his order of killing any Jedi in sight. We know that the clones were programmed to be obedient, but the chips implanted in them forced them to be compliant with Order 66 without any questions asked. That is why they didn’t hesitate to kill the Jedi.
Going back, in Grogu’s past, it was revealed that he was in the Jedi Temple during the events of Order 66. From his point of view, three Jedi Knights were protecting him from a squad of clone troopers. His Jedi protectors eventually fell to the clones, just like most of the other Jedi scattered all over the galaxy during the time of the Clone Wars.
For those who are wondering why Grogu was in the Jedi Temple at the time of Order 66, you need to remember that it was revealed as early as season 1 of The Mandalorian that he was at least 50 years old. That puts him somewhere in his 20s during Order 66, considering that the gap between Revenge of the Sith and The Mandalorian is right around 28 years. The only explanation why he is still a child at 50 is that his species tend to mature at a much slower rate, considering that Yoda himself lived to be 900 years old.
As the Jedi fell, the clones started approaching Grogu until everything went blank. This suggests that he was about to get killed by the clone troopers at that very moment, just like how the other younglings and padawans in the Jedi Temple were killed by either Anakin Skywalker or the clones.
How Did Grogu Survive Order 66?
It is plain and obvious that Grogu survived the events of Order 66, given that he is in the era of The Mandalorian and is alive and well 28 years after the Emperor ordered the execution of the Jedi. But how did Grogu survive Order 66 when most of the Jedi couldn’t even defend themselves against squadrons of clones?
The best explanation that we have right now is that someone could have saved him during the events of Order 66 just as the clones were approaching him to kill him, as seen in his flashbacks. Now, there was no questioning the fact that the clones were about to kill him because Order 66 was a no-questions command that forced the clones to kill any Jedi on sight. That means that their only goal was to kill Grogu when they spotted him.
So, given the fact that Grogu, being the untrained Force user that he is, wasn’t strong enough to possibly protect himself against a squadron of clones when three Jedi couldn’t even hold on long enough against them, it could have been possible that another person saved him.
Then again, we know what Grogu is capable of in sudden bursts. It was shown in The Mandalorian that he is gifted with the Force and is stronger than your average Force-sensitive person. That means that it could have been possible that, in a burst of adrenaline, he could have used the Force to push back the clones approaching him so that he could find a way to escape the temple.
But we are leaning toward the possibility that someone else saved Grogu because of the fact that, before Din Djarin found him, he seemed like a helpless child that didn’t know how to protect himself or even survive on his own in the vast galaxy. That is why the standing theory is that someone saved him and acted as his guardian for nearly three decades before he was captured prior to the events of The Mandalorian.
Who Saved Grogu During Order 66?
As mentioned, the standing theory is that Grogu was saved by another person during Order 66 just as the clones were about to kill him. But who could have saved Grogu when three Jedi couldn’t even keep the clones at bay?
The most probable savior could have been another Jedi station at the temple. We know that Jocasta Nu, the Jedi Temple librarian, spends her entire time in the temple. As such, she could have been one of the Jedi that saved some of the younglings, which included Grogu. And we know that Jocasta Nu is strong enough to hold her own against Darth Vader himself but was eventually killed.
Then again, in the official canon, Jocasta Nu never made it out of Coruscant, and that may lead to the possibility that she couldn’t have saved Grogu. Or it could be possible that she saved Grogu but had another person take the youngling instead.
But another theory is that it was Jedi Master Quinlan Vos who saved him. Vos, who was first introduced in Clone Wars, is an old friend of Obi-Wan Kenobi and was a stealthy Jedi that was fond of taking things to the extreme by going against the usual rules of the Jedi.
At one point, Quinlan Vos started working with the rogue Sith Asajj Ventress and fell in love with her when he went rogue and fell to the dark side himself. However, Vos eventually returned to the light side.
It could be possible that, given that there was never a confirmation of his death, Quinlan Vos returned to the Jedi Temple after learning somewhere that the Emperor was planning to decimate the Jedi Order. His return to the temple might have coincided with the events of Order 66, and that was when he might have stumbled upon Grogu. Being a stealth expert and a capable Jedi Master, he might have been strong enough to defeat the clones that attacked the temple.
But it could also be possible that a non-Force user was the one responsible for saving Grogu because the clones wouldn’t have attacked them on sight. This leads to the possibility that someone like a bounty hunter could have saved him. And there is also a good chance that the Bad Batch, considering they are not like the other clones, could have saved Grogu as well.
It would be interesting to see where Lucasfilm and Disney go with this narrative and how they will explain Grogu’s survival. And depending on the direction they would take, it is possible for us to see more character angles getting introduced to the official Star Wars canon.