You may have noticed that The Mandalorian has a whole lot of egg imagery in its episodes, but what you might not know is how these eggs tie in with the rest of the show. The Dave Filoni-led Star Wars series has introduced a great deal of new lore into the Star Wars universe, bringing back characters and elements from past shows like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels and incorporating them seamlessly into the plot. The Mandalorian has also shown audiences much more about Mandalorian culture, showing the nuances of their religion and way of life.
However, some of the most exciting lore in The Mandalorian has nothing to do with the Mandalorians at all. This series has introduced so many new alien species, and the world feels full of diverse creatures in a way that’s very unique to this show. The Mandalorian has even taken steps to flesh out alien characters we’ve seen before, like with the Tusken Raiders.
With all these new alien species, The Mandalorian has also introduced a lot of eggs (not just Easter eggs). The sheer amount of egg imagery in this show cannot be overstated. From the Mudhorn’s egg to the Frog Lady’s eggs to Baby Yoda’s egg-shaped cradle, The Mandalorian is just chock-full of eggs.
But why are there so many eggs in The Mandalorian? Though the meaning of all these eggs is a bit scrambled, we can take a crack at explaining what all these eggs are more than just Easter eggs and actually bear a larger significance to the show.
Our first egg comes from The Mandalorian Season 1, when Mando has to steal an egg from an angry rhino alien called a Mudhorn and trade it to the Jawas for his ship. This muddy, gooey egg isn’t just a convenient MacGuffin to get the main character to fight a mudhorn. In many stories, an egg is a symbol of nurture, parenting, and growth.
The mudhorn egg is a symbol of growth to the Jawas because it’s a great source of food, and probably nutrition as well. The Mudhorn also becomes the symbol of their “clan of two,” giving its egg even more importance to Mando and Baby Yoda. The symbol of the Mudhorn and its egg help emphasize the themes of parenthood that are all throughout The Mandalorian.
In recent Season 2 episodes, the unnamed Frog Lady recruits Mando to help her transport her fragile eggs across the galaxy. Her single-minded goal is to get the eggs back home and raise them with her husband to save their endangered species.
Once again, this egg is a symbol of the larger themes of the show. They’re a symbol of parenting because the Frog Lady wants to be a good mom. They’re also a symbol of growth, because Baby Yoda eats several of them to get stronger (although, some viewers were not a fan of Baby Yoda’s behavior), but also grows in maturity when he later sees life spring out of the eggs. The Frog Lady and Mando are great parallels of each other, because they’re both trying to protect their young and be the best parents they can.
If you weren’t already convinced that eggs are a symbol of parenting in The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda’s egg-shaped hover bed really drives the point home. Much like an egg shell, the metal dome over The Child’s crib helps protect the small, squishy baby inside. Throughout the show, Mando goes to great lengths to protect this egg, which, ultimately, is the whole point of the series.
At the same time we’re introduced to Frog Lady and her eggs, The Mandalorian also introduces some more insidious eggs. A hapless Baby Yoda stumbles upon a nest of tiny ice spider eggs, and, as Baby Yodas are wont to do, he eats one. Almost immediately, a giant adult spider comes thundering out of a cave to protect its young, and a chase scene ensues.
As creepy as these little spider eggs are, they too are connected to The Mandalorian’s themes of parenting and nurture. The large ice spider is dangerous, but it is just trying to protect its babies, just like Mando and Frog Lady are.
While the Krayt Pearl isn’t technically an egg, it does bear significant egg imagery. Like the eggs mentioned above, the Krayt Pearl is also a symbol of nurturing and growth. In the Tusken Raider culture, a young Tusken cannot be considered a full adult until they have found a Krayt Pearl and pulled it out of a Krayt Dragon. Just like Frog Lady’s eggs and Baby Yoda’s cradle, the Krayt Pearl is an essential part of a young alien growing up and facing the world.
There are a lot of eggs in The Mandalorian, but it’s for a very good reason. Each egg helps emphasize the major themes of parenthood and protection throughout the show. As Mando encounters more worlds on his journey, he sees all these different eggs and learns what it takes to provide for a family in this galaxy.
The Mandalorian also doesn’t pull punches when it comes to the danger surrounding each egg. The Star Wars universe is brutal; an egg could be stolen, crushed, or eaten by a hungry Baby Yoda. But that just goes to show how important it is in The Mandalorian to be a good, protective parent, and Mando will have to be all of these things if he’s ever going to get his own little egg home safely.
Disney+ is only halfway through releasing The Mandalorian Season 2, so is entirely possible that the remaining episodes could include even more egg imagery. Even if there are no more literal eggs from alien creatures, it may be fun to be on the lookout for egg-shaped objects or other egg references in the show. More important than the eggs, though, is the overall theme of parenthood. This is the most central theme of The Mandalorian, and it will inform every other thing that happens in the series.