It’s been many years since Star Wars fans have seen the vast dunes of Tatooine and that binary sunset that launched the greatest sci-fi franchise in history. And in Episode Five of The Mandalorian, our protagonist and our beloved son Baby Yoda crash land on Tatooine after barely surviving a space shootout with another bounty hunter. The setting couldn’t be more convenient. It’s the planet where young Anakin Skywalker was first found, where Luke Skywalker grew up, where two droids crashed an escape pod and found Old Ben Kenobi, and kicked off the Star Wars story as we know it. But, it also happens to be the place where, five years earlier within the timeline of the franchise, Luke Skywalker destroyed Jaba the Hutt’s barge, and sent Boba Fett falling into a Sarlacc pit.
This episode of The Mandalorian is fairly simple, and somewhat uneventful in terms of the overall plot. Mando and BY find a spot to get their ship fixed (by none other than an amazing Amy Sedaris, looking like Ripley from Alien). Our protagonist heads into town to find work, where he meets a young hotshot bounty hunter who recruits him to track down Ming-Na Wen’s master assassin Fennec Shand. They catch her, but she convinces the young go-getter bounty hunter that he’ll make more by bringing in Mando to the guild. He shoots Fennec and returns to Mando’s ship, where Mando quickly disposes of the young bounty hunter and takes off into the sky.
But, in the closing moments of the episode, we return to Fennec’s body in the dunes. We hear the clinking of boots, and an armored person walks up to her body. We don’t see the face. Credits roll.
Who was the person in the closing moments?
We don’t know yet, but fans already have a pretty good idea. As we wrote earlier this week, it’s entirely possible that Boba Fett could still be alive within the Star Wars universe. And seeing as we’ve conveniently returned to Tatooine five years after his disappearance, it seems like everything is falling into place for the return of the famed Star Wars bounty hunter. There’s also another clue that this could be Boba Fett.
Star Wars fans have pointed out that the sound of the figure’s boots is exactly the same noise we hear when Boba Fett enters the scene in Empire Strikes Back.
Listen for it above at 2:47 into the clip. Then prepare for the long-awaited return of Boba Fett.