The further we get into The Book of Boba Fett, the more the show has begun to blend with The Mandalorian. This has caused some frustration among fans who were expecting a show all about Boba Fett … even though such a thing was never actually promised.
Most fans just assumed Book of Boba would be an entirely separate story about the infamous bounty hunter that originated in the Star Wars Holiday Special and the original trilogy. But writer Adam Frazier took to Twitter this past week to remind the Star Wars community that, at the very least, crossover with The Mandalorian has always been part of the plan.
“At Disney’s Investor Day event on December 10, 2020,” he wrote, “Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that the “next chapter” of THE MANDALORIAN story would premiere in December 2021.”
Kathleen Kennedy never implied The Book of Boba Fett wouldn’t serve as a fruitful extension of the series that came before it. But people saw the words “Boba Fett” and immediately welcomed hopes and visions of something resembling Star Wars: 1313.
In reality, Book of Boba isn’t quite a classic spinoff series in the sense that the show’s creators take one character from a show and create an entirely separate story set in the same universe. Boba Fett’s story in this show directly impacts the events of The Mandalorian. The two shows aren’t just crossing over each other — they are two adjacent parts of the same larger story.
This implies, of course, the existence of a Star Wars TV universe in which every live-action show impacts the others — this, too, was mentioned during the Investor Day presentation when it was announced these shows would cultivate in one big event. Perhaps the lead-up to this is just much more intertwined than many perceived.
Though future spinoff shows such as Star Wars: Ahsoka will focus on one title character, it’s likely chapters will include interludes similar to breaks between stories in a book. Audiences should come to expect that focus will shift between characters, and that everyone involved is playing into a much larger narrative than their one current storyline entails.
The Book of Boba Fett is streaming now exclusively on Disney+.