Baby Yoda is back to doing what he does best in The Mandalorian season 2, episode 4, “Chapter 12: The Siege” – eating something he shouldn’t (in this case, another child’s cookies) and causing division on the internet for doing so. While “The Siege” sees the Child sent to school, it quickly becomes clear that he hasn’t learned his lesson. Just minutes in to his first day in class, he uses the Force to procure some apparently delicious blue treats from the kid who sits next to him.
This comes after the previous two instalments gave fresh insights into Baby Yoda’s eating habits that left fans on social media with plenty to chew upon. Baby Yoda eating Frog Lady’s eggs was, depending on your viewpoint, either darkly funny or made him the spawn of Satan (or Star Wars equivalent). That seemingly paid off when he so lovingly and gently interacted with Frog Lady and Frog Man’s offspring in The Mandalorian season 2, episode 3, “Chapter 11: The Heiress”, but “The Siege” further fans the flames of debate regarding the Child’s chow.
In The Mandalorian season 2, episode 3, Baby Yoda looks longingly at the blue macaron-esque snacks the kid sat next to him is eating. While his classmate clearly notices this, he chooses to at first ignore and then refuse Baby Yoda. In response, the Child takes the cookies by (the) Force, once again calling calling his bratty behaviour into question. Unlike eating Frog Lady’s eggs, though (which itself was bleakly comic), there’s no matter of life and death here. Just cookies. That Baby Yoda takes them is understandable, because, after all, he is a child and, in terms of development, much younger than the one he takes cookies from in “The Siege”.
Baby Yoda taking the macarons is relatively harmless – at least until the tie-in novel revealing the other kid’s tragic backstory, and how those macarons were all he had left – and above all else undeniably cute, which is really the most important thing here. The use of the Force is impressive, and something audiences haven’t seen much of lately. It’s also better he uses his powers to take cookies than it is to, say, Force choke someone. The dark side may offer cookies, but this is keeping Baby Yoda pretty light.
Ultimately, though, this is all a part of Baby Yoda’s growth, both as a character for viewers to enjoy watching and as a being in-universe. The fact he takes the cookies at all shouldn’t really be unsurprising, but he also perhaps learns his lesson later in “The Siege” when he throws up on himself after eating too many and going on a Razor Crest rollercoaster ride. That’s what kids do, no matter what their parents might tell them, and to see Baby Yoda acting in this way fits with how he’s progressing in The Mandalorian season 2, which features more sounds and him being more animated in general.
In some ways, he’s almost more puppy-like, since the way he looks at the kid’s cookies is very much how a dog begs for food off their human. And, just like in the end the dog always gets fed, so too should Baby Yoda. As the old adage goes in school, if you’re going to bring something in, make sure there’s enough for everyone. If he’d given Baby Yoda a macaron, then maybe he wouldn’t have stolen them. It’s not really that kid’s fault, of course, but since Baby Yoda stealing them was funny, cute, and blessed the internet with many more memes, The Mandalorian made the right decision.