When The Book of Boba Fett was announced during The Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode post credits scene, Star Wars fans didn’t know quite what to expect. Was this a spinoff series? The title of The Mandalorian Season 3?
As it turns it, it’s not quite either. The Book of Boba Fett is now being hailed as The Mandalorian Season 2.5.
The Book of Boba Fett will be a more closely-linked spinoff [more closely linked than Ahsoka and the on-hold Rangers of the New Republic] as well and sources have told us to think of the series as “The Mandalorian Season 2.5,” with characters from The Mandalorian slated to appear in the series…
This actually makes a lot of sense. Showrunner Jon Favreau has been consistently referring to The Book of Boba Fett as “the next chapter” of The Mandalorian. But, it’s important to note that it is separate from The Mandalorian Season 3, which will once again feature the adventures of bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal).
Furthermore, there have been rumors that Djarin himself will appear in the show — which will be set in The Mandalorian timeline, about five years after Star Wars: Episode VI -Return of the Jedi (1983).
Since the series is set on Tatooine — the post credits scene saw Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) take Jabba the Hutt’s former throne after unceremoniously killing Bib Fortuna (Michael Carter) — we’re also likely to see the return of Mos Pelgo Marshal Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) to the Star Wars universe.
This new Star Wars character first appeared in The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 1 (“Chapter 9: The Marshal”).
Although we don’t know which other Mandalorian characters are going to appear in The Book of Boba Fett — in addition to Djarin and Vanth, both Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) and Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) are possibilities — it certainly seems like the show is meant to tide fans over until The Mandalorian Season 3 premieres, perhaps much later than expected.
Where Ahsoka, for example, is presumably set to introduce Grand Admiral Thrawn and Jedi Ezra Bridger into the live-action Star Wars canon — seemingly meant to serve as a live-action sequel, of sorts, to Dave Filoni’s animated series Star Wars Rebels –, The Book of Boba Fett will apparently function as more of a bridge between The Mandalorian Season 2 and the upcoming third season.
While we know little about Season 3 at this time, it is likely that it will see the continuation of the Darksaber story arc involving Djarin, Gideon, and B0-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff).
The “next chapter” of The Mandalorian recently finished filming and will debut on the Disney+ streaming platform in December 2021. Who knows — we may even get a glimpse of Grogu and his new Jedi Master Luke Skywalker…
Are you looking forward to Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian Season 2.5?