**SPOILERS ahead of The Mandalorian Season 2 finale**
The Mandalorian Season 2 ended on an incredibly emotional note for all Star Wars fans — whether you came to love the original trilogy in childhood or you didn’t start enjoying a galaxy far, far away until Grogu (AKA The Child AKA Baby Yoda) first graced our Smart TVs in 2019, there was something that tugged on your heartstrings about watching the little foundling leave Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), the only father he had ever known, with Luke Skywalker (CGI Mark Hamill).
After the scene-to-end-all-scenes, though, John Favreau and Dave Filoni still weren’t done.
As we previously reported:
After depositing Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and his crew of unlikely heroes — including Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), and Grogu — Fett and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) left in Slave I and weren’t seen again until the post credits scene that took us back to a very familiar Tatooine location, Jabba the Hutt’s palace.
Hutt, of course, was killed by Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983), but his former right-hand man, Twi’lek Bib Fortuna, has taken his throne.
Shand makes quick work of Fortuna’s henchmen — and frees a slave who is shackled to the floor (a familiar sight to original trilogy fans) — but leaves Bib himself for Fett to take care of. Once the Twi’lek is unceremoniously killed, Fett takes the throne, signaling that he’s about to take Tatooine — and who knows where else in the galaxy — for himself.
Then, the most exciting news of the Mandalorian Season 2 finale flashed across the screen: “The Book of Boba Fett Coming December 2021.”
Right off the bat, online speculation began — is The Book of Boba Fett actually The Mandalorian Season 3? A mini-series? A Disney+ original Boba Fett movie? Yet another Mandalorian spinoff series, along the lines of Ahsoka or Rangers of the New Republic?
People are also curious what the timeline could be — will this be the rumored prequel? Could Han Solo — perhaps even a CGI version of Harrison Ford — appear during the Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Sarlacc pit era?
Will the bounty hunter’s famous Mandalorian armor return to its scuffed-up state or remain pristine? A truly pressing question for anyone who has been following the appearance of Boba Fett’s armor during The Mandalorian Season 2.
Now, it seems we might have gotten some answers, straight from Lucasfilm artist Paul Bateman via his Twitter account.
When Boba Fett Fan Club inquired about whether or not the third season of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett were one and the same, Bateman replied:
Totally different shooting schedule BFFC 😉
Totally different shooting schedule BFFC 😉
— Paul Bateman (@PaulRMQ) December 18, 2020
The reply, complete with a winking smiley face, clearly insinuates that these are two separate Star Wars projects for Disney+.
Later, Bateman clarified his response, sharing a series of Tweets, which read:
As I understand it – #thebookofbobafett and #TheMandalorianSeason 3 have differing shooting schedules, despite potentially releasing around the same date, in addition Pedro Pascal has confirmed he’s signed aboard for the third season, consequently….
Just to make sure folks get the big picture – until clarity comes from the horses mouth, (hopefully soon), I don’t officially represent Lucasfilm when it comes to this kind of thing,…
I’m saying it’s a very understandable conclusion to reach that it’s much more likely we’re talking about 2 entirely different shows than not. But then it is still 2020 so I suppose anything could happen!! Got it? Good 😉
As I understand it – #thebookofbobafett and #TheMandalorian Season 3 have differing shooting schedules, despite potentially releasing around the same date, in addition Pedro Pascal has confirmed he's signed aboard for the third season, consequently….
— Paul Bateman (@PaulRMQ) December 20, 2020
A Boba Fett spinoff series has long been rumored, but nothing was confirmed at Lucasfilm’s portion of The Walt Disney Company’s December 10 Investor Day event, at which Kathleen Kennedy announced “roughly 10” new Star Wars shows for the streaming platform — we now know this is because executives were waiting until the exciting Mandalorian Season 2 finale post-credits sequence to make the announcement.
Stayed tuned to Inside the Magic for the latest official updates about The Book of Boba Fett from Lucasfilm and Disney.
No matter what ends-up happening with the new Boba Fett show, this is truly an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan as the Star Wars universe continues to expand.
What do you think The Book of Boba Fett actually is?