It’s an open secret right now that Lucasfilm wanted to find a way to use Boba Fett. And thankfully, they finally succeeded in their attempts after their original plans for a movie with him were shelved following the financial and critical failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Disney+ gave them another life, and Boba Fett then appeared in season 2 of The Mandalorian, played by Temuera Morrison. He then reprised his role in his own show- The Book of Boba Fett. And now the show has subtly rewritten the ending of season 2 of The Mandalorian.
The Mandalorian season 2’s post-credits scene had Fennec Shand and Boba Fett confront Jabba the Hutt’s former Majordomo, Bib Fortuna. He had taken over Jabba’s empire after the death of his master in Return of the Jedi.
Presumably, Bib Fortuna had sat on Jabba’s throne for the previous 5 years. But his rule was short-lived since he was killed by Boba. Boba Fett decided that he no longer wished to take orders as a bounty hunter.
Now he wanted to reinvent himself as a crime lord and claim Jabba’s old empire for himself. The post-credits scene was a setup for The Book of Boba Fett. However, Disney didn’t know about that post-credits scene.
Director and co-showrunner Robert Rodriguez said:
“Even Disney didn’t know we were going to drop it like that. I got to see the inner workings, and [Jon Favreau and writer-producer-director Dave Filoni] kept this a secret from everybody.”
However, now the post-credits scene from The Mandalorian that was meant to set up The Book of Boba Fett has been reinterpreted by the Boba Fett show itself.
Season 2 of The Mandalorian suggested that this was a triumphant moment as it seemed like Boba was getting positioned as one of the key players in the galaxy.
But episode 1 of The Book of Boba Fett instead said that Jabba the Hutt’s empire took a downward turn under Bib Fortuna’s leadership. Now, local politicians want to be paid by Boba Fett for the privilege of turning a blind eye to his activities.
This might feel like a simple course correction, but it’s closer to the Tatooine we saw during season 1 of The Mandalorian. In season 1, episode 5, Din Djarin went to Tatooine because he believed he could be safe from the bounty hunters there.
Since The Bounty Hunters’ Guild didn’t keep a presence there, so it means that they got little employment out of Bib Fortuna. Mos Eisley was in a state of disrepair, and the spaceport was run by a woman called Peli Motto, and she was clearly struggling to make ends meet.
Overall, Bib Fortuna had failed to maintain Jabba’s criminal empire and instead sent it on a downward spiral of decline. This means that Boba Fett will get a shock upon seeing all this.
He hasn’t realized that the galaxy has changed a lot in the five years since he was swallowed by the Sarlacc. So he hasn’t taken over an empire that’s in its prime. Instead, this one is on the verge of collapse. So his job will be to rebuild it.
Overall, even though The Book of Boba Fett continues from the post-credits scene of season 2 of The Mandalorian, they are telling a way more interesting tale.
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