Could Star Wars: Episode IX include Boba Fett and a major tie-in to the prequels?
The time gap between the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: Episode IX is the longest between films since The Force Awakens hit theaters in December 2015. With almost a year and half left until fans can see the final installment of the Skywalker saga, the Internet continues to be a hotbed for Episode IX theories.
One of the latest and most intriguing theories was presented by Redditor Animation_Bat, a theory featuring elements both outlandish and entirely possible. Fans of the prequels and Boba Fett will be delighted to hear this one.
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Animation_Bat’s theory takes us back to an early conversation between Kylo Ren and General Hux in The Force Awakens. This specific conversation focuses on the stormtroopers dispatched to Jakku to retrieve BB-8. Kylo Ren is skeptical the stormtroopers can achieve the task, especially in light of the treason just committed by FN-2187 (Finn). Kylo suggests it would be more effective for Supreme Leader Snoke to command a clone army.
At the time this just seemed like a callback to the prequels and as a scene that further establishes the contentious relationship between Kylo and Hux. Now Animation_Bat argues that Kylo will reflect on this conversation and use it to implement serious change as the new Supreme Leader of the First Order.
The stormtrooper program Hux advocated for failed pretty spectacularly inThe Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Finn’s defection was the first domino in the series of events that caused things to go wrong for Kylo and the First Order in the sequel trilogy. As Kylo anticipated, the stormtroopers were unable to acquire BB-8 on Jakku. To make matters even worse, their leader Captain Phasma was defeated by Finn in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Now that he’s Supreme Leader, Kylo can rectify these mistakes by replacing the First Order’s stormtroopers with a clone army which will be superior to Hux’s stormtrooper program in every way.
The theory continues with Boba Fett acting as the template and commander of the clone army. The argument is that his experiences and skill sets would make him a superior to his father Jango Fett, the template used for the Republic army during the Clone Wars, and that Boba’s experiences would also make him a better commander than Jango or Captain Phasma.
Will this theory come true?
The first part of the theory about Kylo replacing the First Order’s stormtroopers with a clone army is certainly plausible. This development would not come out of the blue considering Kylo’s line about using clones in The Force Awakens.
As the new Supreme Leader he is sure to reflect on the First Order’s failures and implement radical change. A time jump is almost a sure thing for Episode IX considering how much both the Resistance and First Order need to regroup after The Last Jedi. If the time jump is significant enough, it could allow Kylo to create and implement the clone army.
The return of clone soldiers would delight prequel fans and be yet another way for the Skywalker saga to come full-circle, but most importantly it would serve a logical narrative purpose.
The second part of the theory about Boba Fett acting as the clone template is highly unlikely, though. It would require far too much explanation for how he survived the Sarlacc pit, where he’s been all this time, how Kylo knows about him and found him, and why Boba would want to take on this role at all. As much as fans want to see Boba Fett in Star Wars again, Episode IX is definitely not the right place for that move.
What do you think of this theory? Will Episode IX feature a clone army or the return of Boba Fett? Let us know in the comments below!