When a franchise is as widespread, connected, and growing as the Star Wars universe, it's difficult to come up with stories that will make all fans happy. One such long-standing complaint from Star Wars fans was about the rather embarrassing death inflicted on bounty hunter Boba Fett in Return of the Jedi. But luckily the franchise is out to correct its mistakes and in the latest installment of The Mandalorian, it solves his biggest mistake – sending Boba into his unexpected "death".
(Spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 6, "The Tragedy")
Boba Fett was first featured in the original trilogy
For those of you who have successfully blocked the strange conclusion Boba Fett reached in the original trilogy, here is a much-needed flashback. Boba was first featured on the Star Wars Holiday Special in a fan-favorite animated segment that turned out to be one of the few highlights of the somber show. He then returned to his first live-action appearance on The Empire Strikes Back, hired by Darth Vader to capture Han Solo. After Solo survived the freezing in carbonite, Vader handed him over to Boba, who wanted to collect a bounty on him from Jabba the Hutt. Even though Boba barely had lines in the movie and had less time on the big screen, he still became everyone's favorite bounty hunter.
When a powerful villain like Darth Vader had to warn Boba Fett (yes, be careful) and specify that he should not "dissolve" anyone in his mission to capture the hawk, it would be imagined that he would turn out to be an evil evil. For a cold killer like Vader, the whole clue was actually warning Boba to hold back war of stars The fans had to imagine how much power he could show.
The return of the Jedi continued with Boba's journey to Tatooine, where Solo's rescuers – Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Company – were also captured and sentenced to death on his sailing boat by Jabba, who decided that his prisoners should be taken to the Terrible Sarlacc. But chaos soon ensued when Luke broke free, followed by perhaps the most sudden and more cartoonish death that no one else in Star Wars history had faced.
Boba Fett was caught up in the fight only to be taken down by a blinded Han Solo who accidentally broke his jetpack and hurled the bounty hunter into the Sarlacc pit to his apparent death. Yes, a fan-favorite character was literally given an ending that was reserved for supporting characters only.
But The Mandalorian fixed this bug in the most spectacular way
In his season two premiere episode, "The Marshal," The Mandalorian followed Mando on his mission to find more Mandalorians to help him in his mission to unite Grogu with the Jedi. He landed on the planet Tattooine and met Cobb Vanth, who is not a Mandalorian but wore some fairly familiar armor – the iconic green armor and helmet that Boba Fett wore.
The episode didn't let fan speculation get wild as it did in the end after Mando successfully secured Vanth's armor and was seen leaving the planet with The Child. A lonely figure in dark robes watched them from a distance. When he turned around, viewers were stunned to see the scarred face of actor Temuera Morrison, who originally played Jango Fett, Boba's father.
But wild fan theories popped up, starting with him as yet another duplicate from Jango Fett to Boba. Well, the latter wins when the latest episode of The Mandalorian, "The Tragedy," finally confirms it's Boba Fett. And that's not all – the episode continues, redeeming the character's shameful ending in the original trilogy.
Boba Fett is now Team Mando
But he's not when the episode starts! As we saw last, Mando was on a new mission to Tython with Grogu – put the child on the "magic stone" as instructed by Ahsoka Tano. Suddenly a well-known ship, the slave I, lands near her and climbs from there on Boba Fett, who introduces himself by name and puts speculation to rest. Unable to get Grogu out of his force field, Mando moves forward to have a tense standoff with the bounty hunter when Boba reclaims his armor in exchange for promising to protect the duo. As expected, Mando is unwilling to return it as Boba does not meet the technical details required to rightfully own the armor.
But soon their mini-argument stands on the side when Moff Gideon, who, if you remember, was chasing the razor crest, attacks the trio with an army of stormtroopers, though we're not complaining like that. We've never really seen how bad Boba can be, and this episode tries to resolve any disappointment as the gunslinger demonstrates his exemplary skills by ruthlessly defeating the stormtroopers and expertly weaving his staff in a manner that is downright spectacular is. And once he's donned his armor (taken off the razor comb without Mando's permission because he's THE Boba Fett), it's impossible not to stare with your mouth open, as Imperial forces are forced to return to their ships.
It soon becomes apparent that it was all a distraction from Moff Gideon to get his award – Grogu, whom he snaps before Mando can make it to him. But the bounty hunter is no longer alone as Boba Fett once again promises to keep the child safe.
So that's two cliffhangers solved – that the camouflaged figure was actually Boba and that he is on Mando's side, which won't be good news for the Empire. Since the ending clearly states he wants to stay this time, we can expect a detailed version of how he survived the Sarlacc Pit, what he did over the years, and why he didn't get his armor back from Cobb Vanth. You can catch the latest episode of The Mandalorian which is now streamed on Disney +.
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