The Mandalorian Season 2 Post Credits Scene, Explained

‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 culminates in an epic yet emotionally gut-wrenching episode. But the post-credits scene had us hooting and whooping in appreciation. In the blink-and-miss post-credits scene, Fennec Shand and Boba Fett arrive at Jabba the Hutt’s former palace on Tatooine, where it looks like Jabba’s Twi’lek majordomo Bib Fortuna has taken over as the new crime lord.

Without so much as a hello, Fett kills Fortuna and seats himself on what was formerly Jabba’s “throne,” with Shand perching casually behind him. Text on the screen tells us that ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ will be releasing in December 2021. So what is ‘The Book of Boba Fett’, and how does it fit into the greater ‘Star Wars’ universe? Here’s all that we know.

What is The Book of Boba Fett?

The main question that fans of ‘The Mandalorian’ have after watching the season 2 finale and the post-credits scene is – “What exactly is ‘The Book of Boba Fett?” Since Disney has not made any official announcements about it as of yet, it is still unclear if ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ is a new spin-off show featuring the legendary bounty hunter, or is it simply the title of ‘The Mandalorian’ season 3? Well, the ‘Star Wars’ fandom’s opinion seems divided on the exact nature of the new material.

While most people have assumed that ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ is a new spin-off show that will premiere around the same time as ‘The Mandalorian’ season 3, there are those that claim it could just be the third season of ‘The Mandalorian’ itself. There are two main facts backing this theory. First, the show likes to categorize its episodes as “chapters,” so the theory that the season 2 finale could be closing the cover on Din Djarin’s story and starting a new one in the form of Fett’s book, seems probable.

The second fact is that Boba Fett is also a Mandalorian (debatable), so the show’s title could just as easily refer to him as it does Din Djarin. Okay, so we know that Boba Fett is not actually Mandalorian, but his father, Jango Fett, was a foundling (much like Din Djarin). Boba inherited his Mandalorian armor from Jango, so it stands to reason that Boba is somewhat a Mandalorian by association, even though he wasn’t born or raised on Mandalore as part of the creed. So maybe, just maybe, it makes sense that ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ could be a season of ‘The Mandalorian’ itself and not a new show.

All we know for sure is that we are not yet done with Din Djarin’s story. But maybe the show explores Boba’s story next season and then goes back to Din’s tale? Maybe. We’re still going to hope that this theory is false, and ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ brings us a whole new spin-off series. Many fans of ‘The Mandalorian’ who have not watched the earlier films are understandably confused as to why the “return of Boba Fett” arc has been causing so much excitement among ‘Star Wars’ fanatics. Here’s a (very) brief background on the character of Boba Fett.

Who is Boba Fett?

Boba Fett is the son and unaltered clone of Jango Fett, the Mandalorian foundling-turned-bounty hunter whose genetic code was used to birth an army of clone troopers during the final years of the Galactic Republic (the same guys who fought in the Clone Wars). When Jango Fett agreed to become the template for the Grand Army of the Republic, he requested that he be provided with a clone that was unaltered with programming and growth acceleration, a clone that Jango could raise as a son. So Boba is a pure genetic replica of Jango.

As a young boy, Boba witnessed his father being killed by Jedi Master Mace Windu, which led him to harbor a deep hatred of the Jedi Order. Highly skilled in martial arts, Boba Fett grew up to become one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy during the reign of the Galactic Empire and Emperor Palpatine. As a ruthless mercenary, Boba Fett’s services were hired by the Empire as well as crime lords like Jabba the Hutt. Boba was the one who captured Han Solo and delivered him to Jabba on Tatooine.

During Solo’s rescue (led by Luke Skywalker) in ‘Return of the Jedi,’ Boba is seen falling into a man-eating Sarlacc pit and is assumed dead. But he makes his unexplained return in ‘The Mandalorian’ season 2 and helps Din Djarin rescue Grogu from Moff Gideon’s clutches. Now that his debt to Din Djarin is paid and he has returned to Tatooine, with assassin Fennec Shand by his side, it will be interesting to see where Boba Fett’s story leads him. ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ seems like it will be well worth the wait.

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