Be honest here for a moment and answer this- weren't you waiting for Boba Fett with baited breath and overwhelming eagerness ever since The Mandalorian Season 2 teased his return in its premiere? Whether it has been old Star Wars fans or new additions to its legion of loyal followers, no one really liked the embarrassing way the bounty hunter met his end in Return of the Jedi. And turns out, neither did director Robert Rodriguez, who helmed the latest episode of the series, "The Tragedy"- the iconic episode that marked the return of Boba in all his glory.
While prior episodes of Season 2 have been bubbling with revelations like Baby Yoda's real name, the debut of Ahsoka Tano (or more importantly her dashing lightsabers in live-action) and much more, Chapter 14 of The Mandalorian has given viewers a lot to unpack. It's been one savory treat that we are still high on and it's all thanks to Rodriguez. But if you ask him, he was even more keyed up by the prospect of bringing Boba Fett to life yet again- a dream he has had since he was just a 12-year-old crazy Star Wars fan.
"It was my 12-year-old dream. When I was 12 was when [Star Wars: The] Empire Strikes Back came out and I was a huge Boba Fett fan. You know, they would tease him out before the movie came out. You already knew he was going to be a character to watch. The marketing was really great, like, 'This character Boba Fett,' and so when you saw the movie, you couldn't wait to see him. He captured your imagination before the movie even came out; it's all we were talking about at school. I still remember that, how mysterious that character was. You got a little taste of him but you were waiting to see more."
Even though the Season 2 premiere episode had, more or less, cemented the future appearance of Boba Fett, fans were not ready to believe that it was true given Star Wars murky reputation when it comes to doing justice to its characters. Even Rodriguez was in disbelief when he was handed the script for the episode and didn't think it was the real script.
"When I saw the script (one sent me the script) and it said 'Boba Fett' and 'Darksaber' and 'Mando' and 'Fennec,' I was just like, 'This doesn't even feel like a real script. It feels like a fan wrote this in a fever dream hoping that this would be an episode," he shared. "And yes, this was the script. It had all the good stuff in it. It was like a 'Greatest Hits' of all the good stuff; I couldn't believe it."
"To go play in Star Wars with all the toys and to get to play with Boba Fett as one of your main [characters] - I just thought, 'I gotta go in there and just have him be... I don't know if he's going to show up in any more episodes or what, so I just gotta make him super badass in this moment [and] be that character that I imagined him being when I heard about him when I was 12. That was my mission, just to go satisfy that 12-year-old fascination with the character."
Well, he gets a 100/100 for the mission accomplished spectacularly as Boba Fett's appearance not only thrilled fans but also gave them something to go gaga over as he landed most of the dope action in the episode, that too in his complete armor! Now, that's surely stuff of legends. This news comes to us via Collider.