Boba Fett’s Fate Before ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ (Explained)

Boba Fett's Fate Before 'The Book of Boba Fett' (Explained)

Boba Fett is one of the original Star Wars characters that can trace its origins in the first trilogy. While Boba Fett wasn’t a central character, he ultimately still became one of the most popular Star Wars characters of all time. As popular as he is, he earned himself his own spin-off series on Disney+ entitled The Book of Boba Fett. But what was Boba Fett’s fate before The Book of Boba Fett?

In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, we saw Boba Fett getting eaten by the Sarlacc, and many believed that he was dead. However, he used his flamethrower to escape the Sarlacc before getting digested. After that, he needed to recover right after Jawas stole his armor.

For those who saw The Mandalorian, you would know that Boba Fett was one of the minor characters that made an appearance in the series. However, he didn’t have his armor the entire time, as plenty of people passed his armor around after it was stolen by Jawas. That means that he was basically walking around as an ordinary man for man years before reuniting with his armor.

What Was Boba Fett’s Fate Before ‘The Book Of Boba Fett’?

Boba Fett is one of the OG characters of the entire Star Wars universe because he was introduced way back in the first trilogy. Despite the fact that Boba Fett didn’t have a lot of lines or scenes back then, he ultimately became a very popular character because of how cool he was. And because of his popularity, he earned himself his own spin-off series entitled The Book of Boba Fett, which can be streamed on Disney+.

But before the series aired, we saw Boba Fett in season 2 of The Mandalorian, as he was helping the titular character in one of the episodes there. However, he didn’t have his armor, which we saw was in possession of Cobb Vanth on Tatooine before Din Djarin acquired it from him. It was only then and there that Boba Fett acquired it from Djarin after proving that Jango Fett, his father, was a foundling himself.

However, before Boba acquired the armor and before the events of The Book of Boba Fett, what was the bounty hunter’s fate?

Way back in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, we saw Boba Fett in action against Luke Skywalker and the rest of the gang when they were trying to escape getting executed by Jabba the Hutt at the hands of the Sarlacc. However, Fett himself fell into the Sarlacc fit in the middle of the fight and was seemingly dead.

At first, people thought that he was actually dead after he was seemingly eaten by the Sarlacc. In one of the non-canon books, he survived the Sarlacc because he was simply indigestible to the beast. But that was not part of the main canon story.

However, in The Book of Boba Fett, the real canonical answer is that Boba Fett actually made a daring escape out of the Sarlacc’s stomach. What he did was that he used the oxygen from a half-digested Stormtrooper to power his flamethrower. Using his flamethrower, he was able to force his way out of the Sarlacc. But what happened after escaping was bigger than merely cheating death.

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After escaping from the Sarlacc, Boba Fett was visibly weakened and was no longer the spry bounty hunter he used to be. In The Book of Boba Fett, we see him recuperating in a Bacta Tank inside what was formerly Jabba’s Palace because he needed to regain his lost strength after the battle against Luke and the gang and following his escape from the stomach of the Sarlacc.

However, it was revealed that, before his recuperation and after his escape from the Sarlacc, his armor got stolen by Jawas. That was the last time we saw him wearing his armor until he recovered it from Din Djarin years later in the events of The Mandalorian, which is long after the fall of the Empire.

Who Was Boba Fett Married To?

While we did discuss the events that happened in Boba Fett’s life before The Book of Boba Fett and right after the events of Return of the Jedi, we have to go back deeper into the past to see what his life was before he became the bounty hunter in Star Wars Episode VI.

The truth was that, at the age of 16 and just a few years after his father was killed by Mace Windu in the events of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Boba Fett married the 18-year old Sintas Vel, a fellow bounty hunter. However, Boba was exiled when he killed a superior officer who harassed his wife. 

Did Boba Fett Have A Daughter?

The one detail that people also do not know about Boba Fett is that he also had a daughter named Ailyn. However, Ailyn was only two years old when Boba Fett was exiled from his family and was forced to live the life of a bounty hunter under the service of the Hutt crime syndicate. That was the last time he ever saw his daughter.

What Happened To Boba Fett’s Daughter?

As of now, it is yet to be confirmed whether or not Boba’s daughter is still alive in the events of The Book of Boba Fett. However, in the non-canon storyline that was basically erased following the Disney acquisition of the Star Wars franchise, Ailyn was killed by Jacen Solo, the son of Han and Leia in the non-canon Legends storyline of the Star Wars franchise.

Considering that Ailyn’s death happened in a non-canon universe, it still is possible that she is alive in the events of The Book of Boba Fett if ever she does exist in the series.

How Does His Fate Influence The Choices He Makes In The Book Of Boba Fett?

Since we are still scratching the surface of the events of The Book of Boba Fett, it is still up in the air as to how much of Boba’s past life will affect the choices he makes in his present life. However, what we can possibly predict is that his past will probably come catching up to him in the events of The Book of Boba Fett, as there is a possibility that we may end up seeing the family that he had to leave behind in the past.

  • Hrvoje Milakovic is co-owner of Fiction Horizon and a big cinephile. Apart from that, he likes to read comics, play games and collect action figures. He has been featured on LifeWire, Yahoo and IMDb, to name a few.