There are lots of franchises out there and lots of storylines one needs to remember. Previously On is our way of providing a quick refresher with the plot points you may need to keep in mind for that upcoming sequel or spinoff. This installment updates you on all the happenings in the Star Wars galaxy as it relates to Star Wars: The Book Of Boba Fett.
One of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy, actually had his origins in the political machinations that gave rise to the Empire. Boba Fett is actually a clone of Jango Fett, also a bounty hunter. Jango had been hired by scientists on the planet Kamino to serve as the genetic template for an army of clones ordered by the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus. The army is part of a plan by Tyranus’s master Darth Sidious, aka Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, to escalate a civil war waging across the galaxy and forcing the Galactic Senate to grant him emergency powers, effectively making him Emperor. Part of the deal for Jango’s DNA was for the Kamino cloners to clone one son for him, but without the accelerated growth that the other clones were subjected to.
Several years later, as Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi is investigating an assassination attempt on Senator Padme Amidala, he discovers the clone army being readied for deployment on Kamino, though the Jedi Council had no knowledge of its existence. Deducing that Jango was behind the assassination attempt, Kenobi confronts him, but Jango and his son manage to get away, fleeing to the planet Geonosis. As other Jedi Knights arrive, Jango takes part in the Battle of Geonosis, but is killed, decapitated by Jedi Council member Mace Windu.
Young Boba then inherits his father’s armor and ship.
Not much is known about the remainder of Boba Fett’s formative years. He did try to exact revenge on Windu by infiltrating the Jedi general’s command ship disguised as a clone trooper cadet. His plan ultimately failed and he was captured and sentenced to prison on Coruscant. A year or so later, he managed to escape from his incarceration and formed the bounty hunter syndicate “Krayt’s Claw,” with several other bounty hunters. The organization would fall apart just months later of a disagreement over their personal codes of honor. Fett presumably strikes out on his own at this time to begin to build his reputation.
After the destruction of the Death Star at the Battle of Bespin, the galaxy had ignited into Civil War. Palpatine had charged his pupil Darth Vader with tracking down and destroying the Rebel forces, including Luke Skywalker. Vader, aware of Skywalker’s potential strength in the Force, Vader secretly planed to capture him. To that end he employed a number of bounty hunters, including Fett and his former Kryat’s Claw compatriots Bossk and Dengar. As Fett was already on the trail of Han Solo, another high profile member of the Rebellion, over a debt owed to the gangster Jabba The Hutt.
Fett traced Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca to a gas mine on the planet Bespin run by an old confederate of Solo’s, Lando Calrissian. Summoning Vader, Fett is promised Solo after Luke Skywalker is captured. Vader is sure that Skywalker will sense the suffering of his friends being tortured and attempt to rescue them. Skywalker arrives and confronts Vader while Leia and Chewbacca manage to escape with the help of Calrissian. Solo, however, had been frozen in carbonite and handed over to Fett for transport back to Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine.
The Fall Of Empires
After handing over the frozen in carbonite Solo to Jabba – who promptly hung him up on a wall as decoration – Fett remained at Jabba’s palace for a time. He was present when Luke Skywalker led an attempt to infiltrate and free Solo. At first, it appeared as if the attempt failed, with Jabba ordering Solo, Skywalker and Chewbacca to be thrown into the Sarlacc Pit, the home of a carnivorous creature that would allegedly “slowly digest them over a thousand years.” But the apparent failure of the rescue attempt was a feint on Skywalker’s part to lure Jabba into a false sense of security. In the fight over the Sarlacc pit, Skywalker and his friends managed to free themselves, with Leia killing Jabba in the process. Fett tried to enter the fight, but had his armor’s jet pack damaged by Solo, causing him to loose control and plummet into the Sarlacc pit. He was presumed dead, as Skywalker and the rest left Tatooine to join the Rebellion in time for the Battle at Endor which saw the death of Emperor Palpatine and the destruction of the second Death Star.
Tatooine After Jabba
At some point,after falling into the Sarlacc pit, Fett was able to fight his way back out. Details are unclear as to how, but he was separated from his armor, which was later found by a band of Jawas. Fett himself would be missing for five years.
The armor was eventually purchased from the Jawas by Cobb Vanth, who uses it to protect the small town of Mos Pelgo. Eventually, Vanth gives the armor to the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin who promised to return it to the Mandalorian people.
Fett reappeared out of the desert shortly before this, discovering the wounded bounty hunter Fennec Shand abandoned to die by fellow bounty hunter Toro Calican. Nursing her back to health, the two tracked the Mandalorian to the planet Tython. There, in exchange for helping the Mandalorian protect a force-sensitive alien child named Grogu from Moff Gideon, a commander of a small Imperial remnant who was looking to use the child in experiments, the Mandalorian would give him back his armor.
After helping Djarin, Fett and Shand then return to Tatooine, where Fett kills Bib Fortuna, Jabba’s major domo, in his first step in taking over the remains of Jabba’s criminal empire…