Warning: this article will contain spoilers for season 2 of The Mandalorian
The recent Disney Investor Day was choc full of announcements for nerds like me about new movies and series that would be arriving in the coming years, but they left something out deliberately.
The finale of The Mandalorian season 2 featured a post-credits scene for the first time in the series’ run, which saw Boba Fett and Fennec Shand go and take over control of what used to be Jabba’s palace and ended with the announcement of “The Book of Boba Fett… coming December 2021”.
Now when I wrote my review of the episode, I automatically assumed that this would be a new show, but due to the Christmas 2021 release apparently cutting into The Mandalorian‘s usual spot, there were discussions within the fandom regarding whether The Book of Boba Fett was actually season 3 (understandable given the episodes have been called chapters) or if Chapter 16 was actually the series finale for The Mandalorian.
However, we got our answer a few days ago, with the official confirmation that The Book of Boba Fett was in fact another new series, carrying on the story of Boba Fett. With John Favreau, Dave Filoni and Robert Rodriguez acting as executive producers, the show will be continuing Boba’s story with Temuera Morrison returning as Fett and Ming-Na Wen also reprising her role as Fennec Shand. The show is already in production, and season 3 of The Mandalorian will go into production afterwards.
Personally, I was never a fan of Boba Fett, but The Mandalorian has certainly improved my feelings towards him and I am looking forward to seeing more of him and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen is incredible!) in the series. What gets me really excited is the inclusion of Robert Rodriguez, who was the director for the episode that brought Boba back in a significant role, Chapter 14: The Tragedy. I think that Rodriguez really fits the style of show I would expect for a character like Boba Fett and I would be very excited if it is announced that he is directing some if not all of the episodes.
While I think it is a bit of a surprise to see The Mandalorian‘s spot in the calendar moved, I think that there is a good reason for this. Rangers of the New Republic and Ahsoka were said to be linking with The Mandalorian in some form of crossover event, which I think will be the liberation of Mandalore from Imperial hands. However at the moment, only one of these shows has aired, so a later airing of Season 3 allows for The Mandalorian to not get too far ahead of the other shows and having to find excuses for why it is taking so long to attempt to retake Mandalore while the other shows find their feet and get us invested in the characters and story.
What do I hope to see from this show? Right now, I’m keeping my mind open as I trust the creators involved to do the right thing. I would love to see some familiar faces appear in the show though, such as a return for Cobb Vanth (it would be nice to know why Boba appears to have not tried to take his armour back from Vanth), as well as familiar bounty hunters like Dengar, Embo, Bossk and IG-88.
As well as the series, I would love to see a prequel novel for Fett, as the novel could cover the events of Boba’s fall into the Sarlacc, his escape and his actions between then and tracking down Din Djarin on Tython – including saving Fennec – while it could also use flashbacks to tell the lost arc from The Clone Wars that would have seen Boba trained by Cad Bane and eventually having to fight him.
Suffice to say, I’m excited for the show, how about you?
Thanks for reading. May the Force be with you….