There has been a long standing debate within fandom as to the fate of the ruthless Boba Fett, arguably the most popular character in the entire Star Wars galaxy. It’s well known that Fett met an untimely end during the events of Return of the Jedi, having fallen into the Pit of Carkoon before becoming a Sarlaac snack.
Many would argue that Fett survived by escaping his sandy grave. The details of this incredible feat were first revealed in the pages of Tales from Jabba’s Palace, an anthology of stories published in January ’96. However, since Lucasfilm recently declared the entirety of the Star Wars Expanded Universe to be noncanonical, then this portion of Fett’s history technically never happened. It would therefore be safe to assume that the masked man did indeed perish in the belly of the Sarlaac beast, at least in accordance with the Star Wars films.
Luckily for Fett fans, it turns out that we may not have seen the last of the infamous bounty hunter. His death was a topic that came up during a recent reddit AMA with Lucasfilm‘s own Jonathan Rinzler.
In response to the question of whether or not Boba Fett actually does escape the Sarlaac, Rinzler gave a surprising response:
"“Yes, he does. I have been in meetings with George where he confirms that Fett survived. If it comes from George then it’s true!”"
The George that Rinzler refers to is of course, Mr. George Lucas himself. Fans can safely assume that what Lucas says, goes.
Rinzler; an author and executive editor, serves as the official “Star Wars historian” at Lucasfilm. His extensive research into the production of the original trilogy are well documented in a series of successful books beginning with The Making of Star Wars. There are few who have more authority on the subject of Star Wars canon.
What does this mean for the future of Boba Fett? There have already been strong rumours of a Boba Fett spin-off movie. Perhaps this lends credence to those rumours.
Dead or alive, most would agree that Boba Fett went out like a punk. Let’s enjoy that:
What do you think, Dork Siders? Did Jango’s unaltered clone of a son die like a chump in the Pit of Carkoon? Are we due for a Boba Fett spin-off movie? Let us know what you think by posting a comment below!