Looking Ahead to the Boba Fett™ Series

Boba Fett™ began as a minor character in Star Wars™. A serious, mostly silent antagonist, the bounty hunter was contracted by Darth Vader™ in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back™, yet died rather abruptly in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi™. Despite his brief appearance in the original trilogy, Boba Fett became a fan favorite. His origin was explored more in Episode II: Attack of the Clones™, but once again his story remained unfinished, and audiences thought they’d sadly seen the last of him.

Until, that is, season 2 of the hit Disney+ television series The Mandalorian™ reintroduced a scarred, wandering Boba Fett to the world. Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett™ and the Clone Troopers™ in the prequel trilogy, returned to a galaxy far, far away as this iconic character. He had more dialogue, more action sequences, and an incredible end credits scene. This scene led to the announcement of a spin-off series entitled Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett™, set to stream on December 29, 2021.

With this upcoming release date in mind, let’s look ahead to what we might be able to expect from The Book of Boba Fett.

Why Jabba’s Palace?

We last saw Boba Fett and his new partner, Fennec Shand™, taking control of the late Jabba the Hutt’s™ palace on Tatooine™. If you recall, Boba Fett’s alleged death inside the Sarlacc Pit™ was the result of fighting Han Solo™ aboard Jabba’s barge, so this feels like poetic justice. But how exactly did these two Star Wars antiheroes rise to such a state of success? Has Boba Fett always had these ambitions? Also, how did he survive the Sarlacc, a carnivorous, sand-dwelling creature with a large appetite and massive kill count? And why did Boba leave his precious armor behind to be stolen by Jawas™ and Cobb Vanth™?

At the very least, we can expect The Book of Boba Fett to answer some lingering questions. Boba Fett might slowly reveal more of his past to Fennec Shand as they grow closer. Those questions could be answered through conversations with Fennec and other characters, a flashback episode, or other onscreen memories, narrated or not. The most important aspect to consider is just how much the show writers want to reveal about Boba Fett’s past. Part of Boba’s appeal is his mysterious nature, so what information is essential to the plot, and what can be left a little ambiguous?

What’s happening on Tatooine?

This is, of course, only speculation, but it would be awesome to see the first episode open in an extended recap. We’d see Boba Fett and Fennec gear up at their hideout or homestead. Then they would travel to and enter the palace. As previously shown, they’d fight through any lingering Hutt loyalists — including Bib Fortuna™ — to claim their power. Such an explosive opening would be followed by a session in their new court, establishing their intent. This would tie The Mandalorian and the new series together neatly, hooking us with something familiar while leaving room to fill in the gaps and add cool shots and details.

Then the audience should immediately be told why  Tatooine is so important to Boba Fett — because Anakin Skywalker™ and Luke Skywalker™ couldn’t wait to leave. Is the criminal underworld on a desert planet truly worth the effort, or is there something more to what is currently a typical power grab? Our guess it the latter, which should lead to larger connections to other stories in the galaxy.

Will we see Omega™?

In the case of tie-ins, of course, we have to wonder which characters from the larger Star Wars universe may have cameos or recurring roles. It’s almost guaranteed we’ll see Sheriff Cobb Vanth, and perhaps some pilfering Jawas or terrifying Tusken Raiders™. These are Tatooine staples. But other characters’ inclusions are simply a guessing game at this point.

It’s unconfirmed, but Din Djarin™ owes Boba Fett a huge favor and might be called upon. Bo-Katan Kryze™ is following Din because he’s in possession of the darksaber and thus the rightful ruler of Mandalore™. So we might get a major Beskar armor reunion. Yet it makes more sense, even though they are in concurrent timelines, for The Book of Boba Fett to move into its own plot rather than try to intersect too much with The Mandalorian, which will hopefully continue its own narrative when season 3 is announced/airs.

The biggest and best cameo would be Omega from Star Wars: The Bad Batch. In “Bounty Lost,” the ninth episode of the animated series, it’s revealed that Omega, the only female clone we’ve ever encountered onscreen, is one of two unaltered clones with enhancements from the genetic template of Jango Fett. The other unaltered clone is Boba Fett, who Jango raised as a son. Technically that makes those two kids siblings. Omega’s jump to live action would fit perfectly as a family reunion — after all, if twins Luke and Leia Organa™ taught us anything, it’s that long-lost family members are a core foundation of sci-fi drama.

What are your predictions for Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to catch the premiere this December on Disney+!