Pedro Pascal, who stars as Din Djarin in The Mandalorian, reveals he had as strong a first reaction to Grogu as millions of others on the internet.

The impact that Grogu, who was officially known as "The Child" (and unofficially as Baby Yoda) until The Mandalorian season 2 episode 13, had on popular culture cannot be overstated.

From the point of his first appearance in the Star Wars tv series, he became a flashpoint of popular internet discussion and began popping up in a wide variety of memes.

His impact was immediate, and mostly due to the way The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau had kept his appearance a complete secret.

Going off the advice of Donald Glover, Favreau went to great lengths to make sure that Grogu’s existence wasn’t known to anyone outside of the production staff until after the show premiered.

although it can be imagined that this was absolutely worth the titanic impact the character had once The Mandalorian hit the small screen.

For Disney, the way in which both Pascal and the general audience “lost their minds” means that the gamble they attempted by keeping Grogu secret has been wildly successful

Similarly, the reunion of Grogu and Din Djarin in The Book of Boba Fett means that The Mandalorian season 3 will feature the series’ most iconic combination