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The Book Of Boba Fett: Why Does Boba Fett Remove His Helmet But Din Djarin Doesn’t?

By Ishita Chatterjee
January 5,2022

Warning! Spoilers ahead for The Book of Boba Fett.

Boba Fett, played by Temuera Morrison, keeps removing his helmet in his show, The Book of Boba Fett. But Din Djarin, played by Pedro Pascal, doesn’t do so in The Mandalorian. And it’s time you knew why.

The Mandalorian was a mega-hit for Lucasfilm and Disney+. Now, after the success of the first live-action Star Wars show, Lucasfilm is back with its spinoff series, The Book of Boba Fett.

The show centered on everyone’s favorite bounty hunter, delves a lot deeper into Boba’s story, and explores how he survived the deadly Sarlacc Pit in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. But that’s not all. It will also explore his new mission- to be the new crime lord of Mos Espa.

It has long been rumored that Lucasfilm wanted to make a project with Boba Fett. Before Disney+ came into existence, the company wanted him to star in a solo movie. But that didn’t happen (like a host of other individual Star Wars projects) because Solo bombed at the box office.

Back when The Mandalorian was announced, many thought that it would be about Boba Fett. But they didn’t happen. Nonetheless, we are finally here, and The Book of Boba Fett is airing after Boba showed up in season 2 of The Mandalorian.

Episode one of season 2, titled, “Chapter 9: The Marshal” ended after confirming that Boba Fett was indeed able to escape the Sarlacc Pit. His show picks up after his encounter with Grogu and Din Djarin. But Boba isn’t alone on the show; he is there with his right-hand assistant Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen).

Letting Boba Fett and Din Djarin cross paths in The Mandalorian raised one again- why did Mando not remove his helmet but Boba did? The answer lies in their upbringing.

Din Djarin And Boba Fett Were Raised Differently

Boba Fett and Din Djarin

Boba Fett and Din Djarin

Both of them are younglings, but they were raised very differently. During Din Djarin’s first encounter with Bo-Katan Kryze, he learned that he was a Child of the Watch. They are a “cult of religious zealots” who have stuck to the stricter codes of being a Mandalorian.

This included not removing one’s helmet. Meanwhile, Boba Fett was taught about the ways of the Mandalorians, but he doesn’t adhere to their rules. Since he is a clone, he doesn’t have a home planet as such. As a result, he wasn’t part of the Mandalorian culture.

So he just isn’t as invested in these traditions. In fact, in The Mandalorian, Boba said that he doesn’t even see himself as a Mandalorian. This supports the idea depicted in Star Wars: The Clone Wars that Jango Fett wasn’t a Mandalorian as well. He was just a bounty hunter who could get armor.

It’s interesting to note that between Boba Fett and Din Djarin, the former’s stance on helmet removal is more to the tune of the actual Mandalorian codes since the latter is living an outdated life.

Removing The Helmet Offers Better Storytelling Options

Boba Fett with his helmet removed

Boba Fett with his helmet removed

Like most of the Mandalorians encountered throughout the history of the franchise, Boba Fett has removed his helmet in almost every one of his appearances. Along with him, Koska Reeves (played by Sasha Banks), Bo-Katan, and Sabine Wren have shown their faces, too.

From a sheer storytelling perspective, Boba removing his Mandalorian helmet gives The Book of Boba Fett interesting opportunities to convey intriguing stories. Without this aspect, the series would have failed to reveal what happened after he survived the deadly Sarlacc Pit.

Also, if he hadn’t removed the helmet then they wouldn’t have been able to show the psychological and physical pain he was going through every time he went inside the bacta tank. Lastly, it gives Morrison the chance to show off his acting abilities.

Din Djarin and Bo-Katan without their helmets

Din Djarin and Bo-Katan without their helmets

Regarding Din Djarin, season 3 of The Mandalorian will continue to challenge his existence and beliefs as a Mandalorian. His perspective on helmet rules is slowly evolving and, in the future, he might completely break it.

If this happens, then it would play an important role in his next adventure now that Grogu is with Luke Skywalker, and he is currently positioned to be the leader of the Mandalorians since he has the Darksaber.

As for now, we are curious to see if Boba Fett and Din Djarin will cross paths again. After all, plenty of rumors are doing the rounds that Din might show up in The Book of Boba Fett. Will that happen? That remains to be seen.

You can check out The Book of Boba Fett every Wednesday when it streams on Disney+.

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