Why Does Boba Fett Want To Be A Ruler Of Tatooine?

Why Does Boba Fett Want to be a Ruler of Tatooine?

The first episode of The Book of Boba Fett just premiered recently, and one of the things we saw in this episode was that the legendary bounty hunter now resides in Jabba’s palace and is seemingly the one calling the shots in the desolate place called Tatooine. However, why in the world would Boba Fett want to be the ruler of Tatooine?

As of now, there is no clear reason why Boba Fett would want to rule Tatooine after working as a bounty hunter for almost his entire life. However, the theory is that Fett is looking to establish himself as the ruler of that desolate planet to free and protect the Tusken Raiders, who played a huge role in his life.

Because we are still in the early portions of The Book of Boba Fett, there are still a lot of things that are left unanswered when it comes to the entire plot of the story. However, what we do know is that Boba Fett was never the sort of character that wouldn’t do anything for selfish reasons, regardless of what his motives may be. 

Why Is Boba Fett On Tatooine?

One of the places that have played a central role in the entire Star Wars franchise is Tatooine. Now, when you look at the planet of Tatooine, you might get confused as to why it has played an important role in the entire plot of the franchise. After all, it’s a desolate planet that is almost entirely made up of desert sand.

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And the worst part is that Tatooine is the central command center of the Hutt crime syndicate, which is powerful enough that the Empire wouldn’t even dare to make enemies out of it.

That said, Tatooine has been quite important because this is the place where Anakin Skywalker was born. And upon Padme’s death in Revenge of the Sith, Luke was taken to Tatooine to be raised by the Skywalkers. Of course, we also saw a bit of Tatooine in Return of the Jedi when Jabba was killed and when Boba Fett was seemingly eaten by a Sarlacc.

However, The Book of Boba Fett shows us that the bounty hunter was able to escape the Sarlacc’s stomach using his flamethrower but was visibly weakened after that encounter. As he lied seemingly half-dead on the sands, some Jawas stole his armor from him. Then we see Tusken Raiders taking him as he lies unconscious, as Boba wakes up as a captive.


When Does The Book Of Boba Fett Take Place?

While we did see Boba Fett living the life of a captive under the Tusken Raiders, we saw a glimpse of the possible reason why he was freed. It could be due to the fact that Fett saved one of the Tusken Raiders’ younglings from a monster attack.

While we did see Boba Fett elsewhere in The Mandalorian to retrieve his armor, we see him in The Book of Boba Fett back in Tatooine. So, why is Boba back in Tatooine?

During the early part of the first episode of The Book of Boba Fett, we saw the bounty hunter in a bacta tank in what is seemingly Jabba’s palace. He was recovering in the bacta tank, as the years of injuries and wear and tear have clearly caught up to him. After that, we saw him sitting on a throne in Jabba’s headquarters and was meeting with delegates sent by the other crime lords.

From there, it is easy to see that Boba went back to Tatooine after recovering his armor to become the new leader of the planet. Of course, he took with him Fennec Shand, who we saw in several episodes of The Mandalorian, as his new right-hand. In short, Boba Fett returned to Tatooine to become the new ruler of the crime syndicate that used to be firmly in the hands of Jabba the Hutt.

Why Did Boba Fett Take Over Jabba’s Palace?

The reason why Boba Fett took over Jabba’s palace was to establish himself as one of the strongest rulers of Tatooine, which is a planet run by a crime syndicate. Of course, by doing so, he was essentially proving himself strong enough to take over the job as the new ruler of the planet, all while showing his strength to the other crime lords of the system around Tatooine.

However, it is yet to be revealed why Boba wanted to become a crime lord in Tatooine. His motives were never mentioned throughout the first episode of the series, as we only saw Boba walking around the streets of Tatooine while conversing with the locals of the community.

In a way, it seems like he wants to establish himself as a leader closer to the people than the Hutts were when they ruled Tatooine.

Still, despite the fact that he is yet to reveal his motives for wanting to rule Tatooine, the running theory is that he wants to take control over the entire crime syndicate so that he can free and protect the Tusken Raiders.


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As early as the first trilogy, we saw the Tusken Raiders as bandit-like creatures that lived outside of the residential zones of Tatooine and were more likely to scavenge whatever they could find in the sands. Of course, they are violent enough to attack anyone and anything they see in an attempt to keep themselves alive.

However, going back, we saw Boba Fett getting freed by the Tusken Raiders when he saved one of their younglings from a monster attack. While the Tusken Raiders may be barbaric, we do understand that they can also be honorable, to some extent.

And after seeing that he was probably freed, we can only come up with the conclusion that Boba spent a good part of his life with the Tusken Raiders before he was reunited with his armor.

So, with that said, the theory is that he wants to be powerful enough to a point where he can help the Tusken Raiders, who have always been the most oppressed people in Tatooine. By reaching the top of the crime syndicate, he can possibly become powerful enough to save the Tusken Raiders and allow them to reintegrate themselves with the other citizens of the planet.

How Did Boba Fett Take Over Jabba’s Palace?

The events of The Book of Boba Fett take place right after Boba retrieved his armor in The Mandalorian. As such, the conclusion that we can come up with is that he was only able to take over Jabba’s palace thanks to the abilities and vast weaponry that his armor affords him.

After all, a well-trained man wearing Mandalorian armor is strong enough to stand toe to toe with a Jedi. Of course, Boba probably also took over the palace with the help of Fennec.

We could also say that after the events of Return of the Jedi, the entire Hutt crime syndicate was in a state of disarray not only due to the death of Jabba but also due to the fall of the Empire. As such, this probably made it easier for Boba Fett to take over Jabba’s palace in the events before episode 1 of The Book of Boba Fett.