From the beginning, The Mandalorian Season 2 saw significant revelations including the Mandalorian Bo-Katan's live-action debut, the arrival of former Jedi Ahsoka Tano, and insane updates on the still-mighty Empire. The recently released sixth episode continues the tradition and not only solves Boba Fett's cliffhanger from the season two premiere, but also answers the series' biggest mystery. And the best part about it? The double disclosure also confirms a much debated theory – that the famous bounty hunter from the original trilogy debuted on The Mandalorian in its first season.
(Spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 6, "The Tragedy")
Ever since The Mandalorian teased Boba Fett's return in his season two premiere episode, it has been just a matter of "when" that he reappear, which he does in the final chapter. But as if Boba's arrival wasn't surprising enough, he is accompanied by another explosion from the past – Fennec Shand, the deadly mercenary played by agents of SHIELD's famous Ming-Na Wen, who was last featured in Chapter 5, "The Gunslinger . " But didn't the episode complete its brief appearance pretty suddenly? How does she live anyway?
Fennec Shand's fate in season 1.
In Chapter 5, Mando landed on Mos Eisley because the razor crest (as usual) was in dire need of repair. But since the money he had wasn't enough to cover the repairs, the bounty hunter came to Cantina town to look for a job. It was there that he met Toro Calican, an amateur bounty hunter who was hunting Shand, a notorious assassin. Since the New Republic banned all of its employers, it had been on the run with a large bounty. But while that was the extent of Calican's knowledge of his target, Mando shared how Shand is an elite mercenary, with a long list of top criminal syndicates.
Knowing that he was no match for Shand, Calican offered his entire bounty in exchange for Mando's help in uncovering the assassin. All Calican wanted was a successful mission that in turn would help him join the guild. And it worked – Mando managed to subdue Shand and held her captive. But after Mando left to find an extra ride for their prisoner, Shand tried to influence Calican by revealing how Din Djarin had an even bigger bounty on his head for stealing the child.
But instead of accepting Shand's offer to help capture the Mandalorian, Calican fatally shot her in the stomach, effectively killing her. When Mando arrived he found the fallen mercenary and left her there when she was dead … or so he thought. At the end of the episode we saw someone walk up to the lying figure of Shand by the sea of dunes and kneel beside her. While Shand's death was never mentioned again in season 1 or who the mysterious person was, Chapter 14 solves both questions.
It was Boba Fett and he managed to save Shand.
Once the mysterious figure appeared next to Shand, it had sparked myriad fan theories speculating that it was Boba Fett, as the figure's arrival was accompanied by a sound very similar to that of the character when he was in Empire Strikes Back went. And now, those fans can pat themselves on the back for guessing correctly, as Chapter 14 confirms the aging bounty hunter made his debut on The Mandalorian well before the season two premiere.
Shand is shown fighting alongside Boba while she "works in his service" after he rescued her and repaired her severe wounds by replacing the injured organs in her stomach with cybernetic components. To Star Wars fans, this wouldn't be a surprise as the franchise already has a fair share of metal parts that replace human organs and work miraculously well. Take, for example, Darth Vader's mechanical lung or Luke Skywalker's cybernetic hand.
While no hints of her future have been dropped from here on, Shand, who is in the service of her Savior, is also an ally of Boba Fett by default as she has no plans to rejoin the Empire and has teamed up with Mando who is Mandalorians now. This means we haven't seen the Badass's last mercenary this time. The latest episode of The Mandalorian is now streamed on Disney +.
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