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The Book of Boba Fett is Star Wars‘ most recent addition, with all seven episodes available to all Disney+ subscribers. It follows the storyline of fan-favorite Boba Fett, a few years after the fall of the Galactic Empire and immediately following his interaction with Din Djarin (see The Mandalorian Season 2).
While a reasonably significant contribution to the overall Star Wars story, The Book of Boba Fett is also used as a launch platform for a few other series yet to be released or produced.
Based on Tatooine, the show reveals – through flashbacks – what happened to Fett in the immediate aftermath of Return of the Jedi (when Han Solo accidentally knocked him into the sarlacc pit). It then focuses more on Boba’s ambition to seize control of Jabba the Hutt’s old territory and crime empire.
This is my summary of The Book of Boba Fett show. Instead of going through in the usual episode-by-episode way, I’ll try to explain the story in a broadly chronological fashion. This is because many of the first few episodes, in particular, focus on flashbacks overlapping with real-time events.
As always, beware of spoilers listed below if you haven’t yet watched The Book of Boba Fett.
The Book of Boba Fett – Story
Escaping the Sarlacc Pit
Sarlaccs terrified the people of Star Wars – and rightly so. One, located in the Tatooine Dune Sea at the Pit of Carkoon, was used as an execution method/pet by Jabba the Hutt. As C-3PO explained to Han Solo in Return of the Jedi,
In its belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering as you are slowly digested over a thousand years.
A fate nobody ever deserves, I’m sure.
In Return of the Jedi, Han Solo, still partially blinded from his time frozen in carbonite, accidentally spins and knocks Boba Fett’s jetpack. It malfunctions, throwing him into the side of Jabba’s sail barge and sending him plummeting helplessly into the waiting jowls of the Sarlacc.
On the surface, Leia strangles and kills the Hutt crime lord with the very chains he used to enslave her before Luke blows the sail barge up and the two escape with Han, Chewbacca, Lando, R2, and C-3PO.
The Book of Boba Fett picks up the story here.
Sometime later, Boba comes to and escapes the sarlacc. Collapsing, Jawas surround him. The feared bounty hunter, stripped of his weapons, armor, allies, and all hope, is left to die on the desert floor.
A Captive of the Tusken Raiders
More time passes, with Fett’s dying body continuing to lie face down in the sand. Coincidentally, a tribe of Tusken Raiders passes, turning him over to examine him. They bind and revive him before dragging him behind their banthas as an enslaved person while they continue their journey.
Fett continues to grow weaker and eventually collapses. The Tuskens gather around and tie him to a tree stump in their camp, where he is guarded by a young child. At one stage, they see a Nikto speeder bike gang (the Kintan Striders) beating a man up before painting their symbol on the wall of his homestead and riding away.
Eventually, the young captor gestures for them to stop and dig, looking for water gourds (known to Fett as Black Melons) – the Tuskens’ source of hydration. After a couple of failed escape attempts, Boba saves the life of his adolescent sentry, gaining the respect of the tribe.
Becoming a Tusken
After this, the Tuskens begin training Fett to use a gaderffii stick. A female Tusken, the most skilled warrior in the camp, teaches him how to parry and thrust.
After being attacked by a mysterious hovertrain, they burn their dead, with the grieving Boba entirely accepted as one of them.
Fett steals speeder bikes from the Kintan Striders so the Tuskens can launch a surprise attack. When the hovertrain comes to attack the next time, the tribe is ready.
Despite heavy resistance from the Pyke Syndicate operatives within, they seize it and stop the train, taking prisoners. Instead of executing them, Fett demands that they pay tribute to the Tuskens to continue using the Dune Sea as their transport route.
That night, the Tusken leader explains that most tribes have remained in hiding since the Tatooine oceans dried up. Most resorted to murder to survive. That night, he helps carve and forge his own gaderffii stick, and is fully accepted as a warrior of the tribe.
Interactions with the Pykes
Fett heads into Mos Eisley and finds the headquarters of the Pyke Syndicate. He speaks to the leader, demanding the payment for the protection the Tuskens offer. The leader replies to say they already have an agreement with the Nikto gang.
Fett sets off to end the Nikto gang. The Pyke leader wishes him luck and looks forward to their future business relationship.
As Fett approaches the Tusken encampment on his bantha, he notices flames rising in the distance. Dismounting, he completes the final steps on foot. Here, he finds his new family has been completely slaughtered. There are no survivors. Stopping for a moment in grief, he sees the mark of the Nikto speeder gang and vows revenge.
After burning their bodies in the traditional pattern of respect, he gets back onto his bantha and moves out.
With only his bantha for company, he heads out to Jabba’s Palace in search of his ship – the last place he had it, but there are still too many guards for him to take on alone. As he sits around a fire sharing his food with his steed, he sees flares far in the distance.
These flares are part of the fight between Din Djarin, Fennec Shand, and rookie bounty hunter Toro Calican. When Boba arrives on the scene, he finds Shand with a near-fatal gutshot and takes her to a Mod parlor, where her life is saved with cybernetic implants.
When Shand regains consciousness around the campfire, Fett reveals how he saved her life. He tells her about how the Tusken Raiders saved him from being left for dead on the desert floor, referencing what he had done for her. But he also needs her help to reclaim his Firespray-class ship from Jabba’s Palace. As she scowls at him,
If I help you, my debt is paid.
After using a small drone to scout the enemy movements and receive a holographic map of the area, Fett and Shand break-in under cover of darkness. Despite the alarm being raised, they successfully steal the Slave I from the hangar and fly off into the night. Playfully frustrated, Fennec tells Boba, “Next time, we stick to the plan.”
Not long later, the Slave I appears in the sky behind the Kintan Striders, gunning them down like fish in a barrel in revenge for the attack on his Tusken tribe.
Boba then flies to the Great Pit of Carkoon to see if his armor has survived. As they hover over the pit, searching for the telltale green paint, the sarlacc latches onto the ship, pulling them down. Boba can’t get a shot at the creature, so Fennec releases a seismic charge, devastating it.
Later, Fett rapels down into its depths, concluding that his armor has been taken. The acid dripping onto him burns him, leading Shand to recommend a bacta tank.
The two discuss his ambition to lead a Gotra. Boba explains how tired he is of bounty hunters being hired to kill or be killed needlessly.
With his own house, he would avoid such unnecessary situations, instead relying on a tribe style of respect, such as what he learned from the Tuskens. While Shand insists this has made him weak, Fett believes the opposite: he is stronger. Without them, he would never have survived.
Context from The Mandalorian
As detailed in The Mandalorian, Fett and Shand’s search for his beskar leads them to Din Djarin and Grogu, whom they help protect from the sinister Moff Gideon. With Jango’s plate armor returned to him and the Child safe, the two return to Tatooine.
In the post-credits scene at the end of Season 2 of The Mandalorian, Fett and Shand blast their way into a somewhat poorly defended Jabba’s Palace. In a quick, satisfying exchange, Fett guns down the repulsive, obese Daimyo Bib Fortuna and takes his place on Jabba’s throne.
In The Book of Boba Fett, 8D8 reveals that Fortuna had held power through uneasy alliances. Mos Espa had been divided into three sections, run by the Trandoshans, the Aqualish, and the Klatooinians. He had also been paying Mayor Mok Shaiz tribute in exchange for his support.
Soon after killing Fortuna, the powerful families of Mos Espa come to pay tribute to the new Daimyo.
The Aqualish and Trandoshans bear the customary tributes, but the mayor sends no such gift. Instead, the majordomo insists that Shaiz has gone away and has sent his “heartfelt welcome”. As Fett pushes him to bring a tribute, Shaiz’s representative instead suggests that Boba should bring a tribute to him.
He and Shand consult for a moment before she replies with a poorly disguised threat.
Lord Fett offers the gift of your leave unmolested.
With apologies, the majordomo returns to Shaiz’s offices in Mos Espa, telling them to expect another delegation soon. Fett and Shand decide to keep an eye on the mayor and his officials, regarding them as even more untrustworthy than the notorious criminal families paying tribute.
After this, Fett recruits two Gamorrean guards who had initially fought for Jabba and remained loyal when Bib Fortuna took over.
Into Mos Espa
Fett and Shand head into Mos Espa to survey their new territory. They enter a cantina called The Sanctuary, run by Twi’lek Madam Garsa Fwip, who provides him with a tribute when his helmet, taken for a clean, is returned.
On the way out, he and Shand discuss how many vassals Jabba the Hutt had and how they must be proactive in securing his assets and maintaining his empire. As Shand offers to do all the work on his behalf, noting how Jabba “rarely left his chambers”, Fett responds by saying:
Jabba ruled with fear. I intend to rule with respect.
Suddenly, they are attacked by skilled assassins. The Gamorreans arrive to break down the ambush party and help Fett to safety. Shand pursues the remaining two survivors across the rooftops, killing one and bringing the other back to Boba for information.
After he refuses to talk, 8D8 reveals he is a member of the Order of the Night Wind – assassins for hire – and that he fears no man. As such, Fett opens the trap door, sending the man rolling down into the rancor pit. He screams to Boba, revealing that the mayor – Moz Shaiz – sent him before the door opens, revealing that there is no rancor in there.
They drag the prisoner to the mayor’s office, where a guard shoots him before he can reveal any further information. Shaiz claims the Order of the Night Wind aren’t allowed to operate outside of Hutt Space and offers a reward, belittling Fett by treating him as a bounty hunter rather than Daimyo. Fett accepts the payment but as a late tribute.
The mayor, claiming he has no reason to kill Fett, suggests a visit to Fwip’s Sanctuary. While here, the Hutt Twins approach, laying claim to Jabba’s former territories. Borne on a litter, they’re accompanied by Krrsantan and try to persuade Boba to give the area up. He refuses, and while they don’t ignite a war, they advise him to “sleep lightly”.
After Lortha Peel, a water-monger comes to Fett to ask for help dealing with thieves stealing his water supplies, Boba obliges. However, he soon discovers that Peel is charging impossibly high prices for the life-giving liquid and instead turns on him, demanding he lower his costs.
He offers the thieves, a young gang with cybernetic enhancements known as the Mods, a job working for him.
Soon after, Krrsantan tries to kill Fett. Although he badly injures Boba, his allies goad the black Wookiee over the trap door to the rancor pit.
As they banquet, discussing their next move, the Hutt Twins arrive with a gift – a bound and sedated rancor. Fett tells them to leave Tatooine in exchange for a truce.
The Hutt sister agrees to go but admits that Mok Shaiz had already secretly promised Jabba’s territory to another crime syndicate (which turns out to be the Pykes). She also tells Fett that Krrsantan is their tribute to him before departing to Nal Hutta.
Fett releases Krrsantan and then begins to learn about his new rancor. The rancor trainer explains that the beasts are very protective and become emotionally attached to the first person they ever see.
Fett is the first person the rancor sees with the blinders removed, and thus its loyalty is reserved for him entirely. Boba expresses how he would like to learn to ride the beast like the fabled Witches of Dathomir.
8D8 interrupts to announce that the mayor’s office has told them he will be unavailable for the next 20 days. Fett, Shand, and the Mods immediately head there. The majordomo stalls them before fleeing, as the pair find the mayor’s office empty.
The Mods catch the fleeing majordomo and learn that Shaiz is being paid off by the Pykes just as the Syndicate’s reinforcements land in the Mos Espa spaceport. They’re beginning to build up their forces, and Boba knows he must prepare for war.
Conflict with the Pykes
Shand tells Fett that the majordomo is “singing like a Yuzzum” but that he genuinely doesn’t know where Mayor Mok Shaiz is. Despite needing to rest, Boba shows his face in town to secure the people’s loyalties, running into Krrsantan in Garsa Fwip’s cantina, recruiting him to his cause.
At the Palace, Fett and Shand host leaders of the local criminal gangs and families in Mos Espa. Boba offers them a share of the planet’s wealth, provided they remain neutral should the Pykes approach them for their allegiance. The crime families agree, and they raise a toast.
After they depart, Boba and Fennec discuss where the crime families’ loyalties truly lie. Fett isn’t foolish enough to think they would always take his side.
Still, he’s confident that they’ll always act in their own interest and that they all know the Pykes are draining Tatooine of its wealth (and therefore theirs). Down on muscle, Shand takes some credits to hire Din Djarin to help them.
Din Djarin and Grogu
Since handing Grogu over to Luke Skywalker for his Jedi training, Djarin has returned to bounty hunting, using the formidable Darksaber to significant effect. He uses his profession to learn the location of the two remaining Mandalorians from the covert on Nevarro, Paz Vizsla and the Armorer.
Upon finding them, his wounds are healed, and the Armorer tells more of the Darksaber’s history and the Night of a Thousand Tears. The beskar spear is melted down and reforged into a gift for Grogu, a fitted chainmail designed for him.
Djarin is still struggling to use the Darksaber effectively, so the Armorer teaches him how to wield it. At this point, Paz challenges Din to a duel, claiming that the weapon belongs in his house as it was initially forged by his ancestor, Tarre. The two fight, with Djarin emerging victorious.
However, the Armorer has them both vow that they have never removed their helmet. Since Din had removed his helmet on several occasions by this point, he couldn’t vow, and is declared no longer a Mandalorian and told to leave.
Heading to Tatooine, he meets Peli Motto, who believes she has found him a suitable replacement for the Razor Crest. It’s an N-1 Naboo Starfighter. Despite some initial misgivings, Din, Peli, and the droids (with the help of some Jawa scavengers) work to modify it into a formidably fast fighting machine.
At Peli’s hangar, Fennec Shand finds him and offers him a bag of credits to assist with Boba’s upcoming war with the Pykes. Djarin refuses the money, telling her it’s “on the house” – but he must first pay a visit to Grogu.
Traveling to the planet on which Luke Skywalker is residing, Din is keen to see Grogu. However, Ahsoka Tano, leading Djarin to see Grogu, explains that the act of giving the gift would be for him, not Grogu, who is already struggling with distractions.
Eventually, he relents and hands his gift – beskar chainmail made for Grogu – to Ahsoka to deliver on his behalf. As Grogu’s training advances, he leaves the planet.
Ahsoka hands the gift to Luke, counseling him to trust his instincts as she sees the same caring, all-seeing attitude of his father, Anakin. Luke offers his Padawan a choice between Yoda’s lightsaber and the beskar armor, representing the child’s decision between the paths of the Jedi and that of the Mandalorians.
The Fight for Mos Espa
Back on Tatooine, Djarin rendezvouses at the Palace with Fett, Shand, Krrsantan, the Mods, the majordomo, and the Gamorrean guards. Despite their evident skill, it’s clear that the Pykes far outnumber Boba’s forces. Djarin offers to fly to Mos Pelgo, now known as Freetown, to recruit extra helping hands.
Marshal Cobb Vanth has already struggled to keep the Pyke spice runners away from his territory. The Mandalorian believes that he’ll help them keep the Syndicate away for this reason.
After discussing the situation with Cobb and Taanti, the Weequay barkeeper, Djarin leaves. Vanth orders the townspeople of fighting age to gather in the town hall, but before he can persuade them to help Fett, Cad Bane emerges from the desert.
He tells the marshal he must not help Boba fight the Pykes and, when he refuses, guns him down in the street.
In Mos Espa, two Pykes bomb The Sanctuary, killing all its occupants, including Fwip. With this, the Pykes officially declare war on Boba’s territory.
Confident of the help of Freetown, Djarin returns to Fett in the burnt-out ruins of The Sanctuary. The Mods persuade him to hold out there as a show of support to the people of Mos Espa he is supposed to protect.
Meanwhile, in Mos Eisley, Cad Bane reports that there is no risk of Freetown’s involvement. Mayor Moz Shaiz, cowering in the room with the Pyke leader, is relieved, wanting the fight to be over quickly. He asks if there are any other groups to be wary of, such as Fett’s Tusken tribe.
At this point, the Pyke leader reveals that it was the Syndicate that decimated the tribe, framing the Kintan Striders to deal with both groups at once.
Cad Bane takes this information to Fett to try to goad him out in anger. Shand persuades Boba to stand down and begin the fight on their own terms, which he does.
The war for Mos Espa then begins. Despite their promises, the local crime bosses turn on Fett’s troops, pinning down the Mods, assaulting Krrsantan and killing the Gamorreans. At the Sanctuary, the Pyke forces advance.
The mayor’s majordomo reveals the site of the Pyke headquarters to Fett, who immediately dispatches Shand to their location. Meanwhile, Boba uses the eccentric Twi’lek majordomo as a distraction, before he and Djarin fly in using their jetpacks, launching a devastating surprise attack.
Their beskar armor allows them to hold their own for a while, but eventually, sheer numbers begin to overwhelm them. They are only saved when the people of Freetown arrive in a speeder, providing them with cover. They are then joined by the injured Krrsantan and what remains of the Mods.
Scorpenek droids with huge deflector shields then approach. After blowing up the speeder, the defenders flee. While Fett tells Djarin to protect his forces, he flies off into the sky. Din manages to distract one, but the other continues to pursue the people of Freetown, the Mods, and Krrsantan.
As the Scorpenek droid converges on his position, Peli Motto appears and picks him up. They dash away from the attacking droid. At this point, Peli reveals that she’s found Din because of this surprise arrival of Grogu, who had been returned in an X-Wing piloted by R2-D2.
With an emotional reunion cut short, the Scorpenek destroys the cart they’re traveling in. When it looks like all hope is lost, a rancor roars in the distance. Fett then arrives, riding his magnificent beast.
The rancor destroys the droid’s shields, allowing Din and Grogu to work together to eliminate it completely. Fett and the rancor continue attacking the Pykes, but Bane arrives and scares the creature with his flamethrower, resulting in a face-off between himself and Boba.
In the quick-draw fight of the entire series, Bane gets the drop on Fett. Before he can finish him off, though, Boba trips him with his gaderffii stick and impales him on the ground, bringing an end to the infamous bounty hunter.
On the loose, the rancor is now terrorizing Mos Espa. Grogu escapes from Peli’s grasp and stands between his friend and the beast. Reaching out with the Force, he calms the rancor, sending it to sleep before curling up beside it and doing the same.
The battle is over, and Fett has won.
In the Desert Survey Office in Mos Eisley, the Pykes announce their intentions to withdraw, much to the mayor’s dismay and that of the leaders of the three crime families gathered within. The Pykes have lost too many men; it’s no longer good business.
Blaster fire outside then puts the group on edge. One by one, sniper fire picks off the crime bosses before the mayor is hanged, trying to escape. The Pyke leader, the last man standing, fires around blindly before being stabbed in the back by Fennec Shand, who has found them and finished the fight.
Back in Mos Espa, Fett and Shand patrol the streets, with the local populous bowing whenever they see him.
Meanwhile, Djarin and Grogu race around in his modified N-1 starfighter in space.
We later find out that Cobb Vanth survived, and is receiving Mod treatment in Fett’s bacta tank.
The Book of Boba Fett – Key Moments
The flashbacks within The Book of Boba Fett make a chronological summary seem difficult. Here are the key moments from the series, in summary.
- Episode 1 – Fett escapes from the sarlacc pit. His armor is taken by Jawas, and Tusken Raiders enslave him.
- Episode 1 – he saves a young Tusken boy and massiff from a Sand Ape, gaining the tribe’s respect.
- Episode 2 – the Tuskens train him in their ways.
- Episode 2 – Boba leads the Sand People in an assault on the Pyke hovertrain.
- Episode 3 – the Tusken tribe is devastated (by the Pykes, we later learn).
- Episode 4 – Fett finds and saves Shand. Together, the two break into Jabba’s Palace and claim Slave I.
- (The Mandalorian S2E16) – Boba kills Bib Fortuna and seizes control of the crime empire.
- Episode 1 – the mayor refuses to send a tribute to him.
- Episode 1 – assassins attempt to kill him and Shand (sent by the mayor on behalf of the Pykes).
- Episode 3 – the Hutts vacate Tatooine out of fear of the Pykes. Boba gets a rancor.
- Episode 4 – Fett attempts to persuade the local crime bosses to stand aside in the upcoming war.
- Episode 5 – Shand recruits Din Djarin.
- Episode 6 – Cad Bane guns down Cobb Vanth.
- Episode 7 – the Pykes advance, and the Trandoshans, Klatooinians, and Aqualish join them, turning on Fett’s forces.
- Episode 7 – the people of Freetown add to Fett’s dwindling numbers. The Scorpenek droids reinforce the Pykes, but Boba’s rancor turns the tide in his favor.
- Episode 7 – the crime bosses and mayor are all killed by Fennec Shand.
- Episode 7 – Boba holds the respect of the local population of Mos Espa.
The Book of Boba Fett – Key Characters
Boba Fett the cloned son of Jango Fett, Boba grew up on Kamino learning to be a bounty hunter like his father. When Jango was killed by Mace Windu on Geonosis, Boba took up his father’s armor and ship, becoming an even more respected and feared individual.
He took on contract work with the highest bidder until, while working for Jabba the Hutt, Han Solo inadvertently sent him flying into the gaping mouth of the sarlacc.
Fennec Shand a master assassin, Shand was involved in many jobs throughout her life, including protecting the young female clone Omega (see The Bad Batch). After being left for dead by a rookie assassin on Tatooine, she was saved by Boba Fett, who pledged his loyalty to her. She would then do the same for him.
Tusken Raiders the Tusken Raiders, also known as the Sand People, are traditionally painted as vicious creatures. For example, a tribe tortured Shmi Skywalker to death, leading to Anakin annihilating “every last one of them.” However, the Tuskens in The Book of Boba Fett care for their prisoner, despite enslaving him, as they need help finding water gourds.
The Tusken leader later explains that his people have been forced into a life of isolation since the great oceans on Tatooine all dried up. For some, killing is all they can do to survive. With the tribe, Boba develops a strong sense of belonging.
The Pyke Syndicate
The Pyke Syndicate the Syndicate, made up of Pykes from the planet Oba Diah, runs a crime empire that often focuses on the transportation of savannah spice. Incredibly influential and powerful, they scare even some Hutts off-world.
Mayor Mok Shaiz
Mayor Mok Shaiz the mayor of Mos Espa is an Ithorian. Although he appears powerful and calm at first, it becomes clear that he’s nothing more than a puppet for the strongest criminal gang around at any particular time.
Din Djarin as introduced in The Mandalorian, Djarin is an adopted Mandalorian who sticks rigidly to The Way. He is a member of the Watch, a surviving remnant of Death Watch, and was responsible for the care of Foundlings.
Eventually, he was tasked with looking after Grogu, a young Jedi. This protection led him to meet Boba Fett as the bounty hunter searched for his armor. The two maintained a close friendship from thereon out.
Grogu the young Jedi was eventually returned to the Order by Din Djarin. Here, Luke Skywalker would begin to train him again, but his attachment to Din would prove to be a serious obstacle. Grogu eventually opted to return to his friend instead of continuing his Jedi training (at least temporarily).
Cobb Vanth the marshal of Mos Pelgo, renamed Freetown, is a smooth-talking gunslinger anxious to keep the Pyke spice runners away from his town.
Cad Bane the deadly bounty hunter is one of the most dangerous people in the galaxy, rivaling even the Fett and Shand. He allies himself with the Pykes, who no doubt promise him handsome rewards in return.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How does The Book of Boba Fett fit Into the Star Wars Timeline?
Answer: The flashbacks from The Book of Boba Fett begin sometime in the year 4 ABY, not long before the rebels blow up the Death Star and Luke turns Anakin back to the Light Side.
It’s then assumed that Fett spends three or four years living with the Tusken tribe before killing Bib Fortuna in 9 ABY, just after helping to protect Grogu. The ensuing battle for Mos Espa with the Pykes occurs not long after this.
Question: How did Boba Fett Survive the Sarlacc Pit?
Answer: Like all Mandalorians, Fett wears virtually indestructible beskar armor. Although he still bears its scars, this protected him from the worst of the sarlacc’s acid. Crucially, his armor also gave him the tools he’d need to escape from the creature’s grizzly innards.
After coming to, Boba used a stormtrooper’s oxygen tank to take a deep breath of air. He then used his wrist flamethrower to carve a path to the surface.
Question: How Many Episodes are in The Book of Boba Fett?
Answer: There are seven episodes in The Book of Boba Fett.
Question: What does the Post-credits Scene in The Book of Boba Fett Mean?
Answer: The short scene midway through the credits shows Marshal Vanth being treated for his wounds by the Mod artist. He’s clearly received a near-fatal injury from Cad Bane, but Boba’s bacta tank is helping to keep him alive.
This scene has led to speculation that Vanth is to play an essential role in an upcoming Star Wars series, perhaps even with his own spin-off on Disney+. Who knows? We’ll just have to wait and see.