Boba Fett Episode 3 Asks 7 Big Questions About Tatooine, Hutts & Tuskens

The Book of Boba Fett episode 3 takes the former bounty hunter’s story into tragic and fascinating directions, raising significant questions in regards to his enemies, rescuers, and the lore of the Star Wars canon timeline. As Fett continues to grow his criminal empire following his killing of Bib Fortuna, he finds himself in complex scenarios that his old career might not have prepared him for. “Chapter 3: The Secrets of Mos Espa” demonstrates the tangled web of Tatooine’s criminal leaders and their agendas, with Fett’s precarious position of daimyo in greater jeopardy than ever before. Nevertheless, Fett continues to run his empire with a sense of compassion and honor that he hasn’t shown since the Clone Wars.

In The Book of Boba Fett episode 3, the running mystery of who hired Boba Fett and Fennec Shand’s would-be assassins is seemingly concluded, with The Twins and Mok Shaiz’s majordomo claiming that the slippery mayor is behind Fett and Shand’s recent woes, and is working alongside the dreaded Pyke Syndicate to take over Jabba’s old territories. The show has demonstrated thus far that things are rarely so simple for Tatooine’s criminal leaders, so there is likely more to Fett’s predicament than it seems. To make matters worse, Fett’s flashbacks, which connect his Return of the Jedi defeat to his The Mandalorian reappearance, have taken a tragic turn.

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After gradually earning the respect of his once-captors, Boba Fett’s brief time as a member of a Tusken Raider tribe comes to a heartbreaking end when they’re massacred by a criminal gang. While this puts the flashbacks in an ideal position to show Boba Fett reviving the dying Fennec Shand and tracking down Din Djarin to retrieve his suit of Mandalorian beskar armor, there may be more time between the two events, allowing for more connective tissue. Perhaps in future episodes, The Book of Boba Fett will explain what specifically motivated Fett to kill Bib Fortuna and take his place as the daimyo of Tatooine. As the series continues, here are some other significant unanswered Star Wars questions after The Book of Boba Fett episode 3.

Boba Fett’s droid advisor, 8D8, claims that Mos Espa’s Mayor Mok Shaiz is powerless, relying on other criminal gangs for support, such as the three that claimed sections of the spaceport following Jabba the Hutt’s death. While the end of episode 3 seemingly reveals that Shaiz is working alongside the Pyke Syndicate, the Ithorian mayor has been at the center of most of Boba Fett’s woes, with the assassin, The Twins, and Shaiz’s majordomo all claiming that he’s been working to undermine Fett and facilitate the Pye Syndicate’s takeover of Tatooine. Even if this is all true, would that make Shaiz truly powerless? His manipulative tactics have proven that he’s a dangerous adversary and a cunning leader.

The water-monger Lortha Peel states, rather bluntly, that nobody respects Boba Fett, and that the criminal underworld is, at best, awaiting Fett’s actions with skepticism to judge his leadership abilities. Although Fett has taken a leadership position within the criminal underworld, he was once the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy, whose reputation as a combatant made him one of Darth Vader’s most reliable mercenaries. Fett’s embarrassing defeat in Return of the Jedi might partially explain his lack of respect, as does his lack of brutality as a crime lord. Whatever the case, The Book of Boba Fett will have to eventually explain how the galaxy’s most notorious mercenary became so disrespected.

In one of the show’s most heartbreaking moments, Boba Fett returns from a meeting with the Pyke Syndicate to find his Tusken Raider tribe massacred. Amidst the debris and the remains of his newfound friends, Fett finds the symbol of the Kintan Striders, a Nikto swoop gang. The Kintan Striders have appeared in previous episodes, terrorizing the people of Tatooine, but the massacre’s timing is curious, as is the total annihilation of the Tusken village, whose warriors are well-trained. Perhaps the Pyke Syndicate had something to do with the massacre, working alongside the Kintan Striders or framing them as a way to manipulate Fett to seek revenge on them, eliminating the gang for the Pykes.

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When Boba Fett returns to his Tusken Raider village, he finds the remains of the Tusken Chieftain and the Tusken youngling who he’d saved in the first episode, but he curiously doesn’t find the body of the Tusken warrior he’d fought alongside (and against) in previous episodes. This unnamed Tusken warrior defeated Fett during his first escape attempt, and in addition to helping train him in gaffi stick fighting, she also helped him stop the Pyke Syndicate’s hovertrain. Considering her prominence, it’s a notable choice of the third episode to not show her remains among the rest of the Tusken villagers, so perhaps she’ll reappear in a later episode.

After Black Krrsantan fails to assassinate Boba Fett, The Twins visit Fett’s palace to apologize and present a gift as restitution. The two Hutts claim that Mayor Mok Shaiz was behind the first assassination attempt on Fett, as well as the one who promised Tatooine to the Pyke Syndicate. The Twins claim that they no longer find Tatooine profitable and they depart for Nal Hutta, but Boba Fett finds their claims dubious. His suspicions are understandable, as The Twins have every reason to let Fett and the Pykes battle it out so they can defeat the weakened victor, taking Tatooine for themselves. Time will tell if Fett’s suspicions are correct, however.

When bonding with his newly-gifted rancor, the creature’s keeper explains to Boba Fett that the Witches of Dathomir were known to ride rancors through their homeworld’s forests. While a simple throwaway reference, his dialogue implies that the canon version of Dathomir may be a bit closer to its Legends-era counterpart than previous stories have shown. In Legends, Dathomir was a world with various terrains, but most notably forests. Its population consisted of numerous clans of Force-sensitive human women, with some clans using the dark side. The canon continuity homogenized both the terrain of Dathomir into red swamplands and the diverse witch population into the Nightsisters, creating the Zabrak-like Dathomirian species. The rancor keeper’s words seem to imply that canon is rolling back in its reimagining and making the haunted world closer to its original Legends incarnation.

Following a chase sequence, Boba Fett and his newfound allies capture the mayor’s equally-duplicitous majordomo. When questioned, the Twi’lek reveals that the mayor is indeed working with the Pyke Syndicate to take over Tatooine, seemingly removing the truth behind the assassination attempts on Fett. While the Twi’lek’s words coincide with the mayor’s actions and the claims of The Twins, his interrogation seems a bit too easily extracted and too simple, not unlike the assassin that Fett dropped into the rancor pit. Whether the majordomo is telling the truth or not, Boba Fett and his cohorts are in for what will likely be a costly gang war against the Pyke Syndicate in The Book of Boba Fett.

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