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Book of Boba Fett episode 1 solves Star Wars mystery

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 29/12/2021 Justin Harp

The Book of Boba Fett episode 1 spoilers follow.

The Book of Boba Fett has wasted absolutely no time in solving one of the biggest Star Wars mysteries at the heart of the show.

In the run-up to the Mandalorian spin-off show landing on Disney+ on Wednesday (December 29), teasers for the series hinted at answers for how Boba Fett is even still alive!

After all, the last time Star Wars fans saw him in Return of the Jedi, it seemed like he was dead since he'd been swallowed whole by the creature in the Sarlacc pit and nobody comes back from that.

Almost nobody because, as 'Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land' shows, Boba Fett did indeed survive being swallowed into the belly of the beast. Before we go any further, here's one last spoiler warning on a major plot point in Star Wars canon.

Boba Fett escapes Sarlacc pit, The Book of Boba Fett, Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land © Lucasfilmn - Disney Boba Fett escapes Sarlacc pit, The Book of Boba Fett, Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land

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Still with us? Alright then, the episode opens in the present timeline with Boba Fett healing himself in a bacta tank — which the premiere hints he might be overly reliant on doing.

As he's healing, Boba Fett begins having "the dreams again", reliving his near-death experience inside the stomach of the Sarlacc in the Great Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine.


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Boba was unconscious when he was swallowed up during the botched delivery of Han Solo in Carbonite to Jabba the Hutt, but he awoke inside the creature.

Surrounded by tentacles and goo, Boba Fett saw a dead Storm Trooper had also been trapped by the creature. The mercenary crawled through the Sarlacc's stomach, snapped the Storm Trooper's oxygen pipe and got enough for himself to do something pretty epic.

While there have been a lot of fan theories over who may have saved Boba Fett from the Sarlacc pit, the short answer is that nobody saved him. Boba Fett punched his own way out of the creature!

Boba Fett escapes Sarlacc pit, The Book of Boba Fett, Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land © Disney Boba Fett escapes Sarlacc pit, The Book of Boba Fett, Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land

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The warrior used his flare to blow a hole in the Sarlacc and then punched his way through the carcass to pull himself up to the surface.

Unfortunately, Boba Fett expended a lot of energy freeing himself and collapsed under the hot desert stun, allowing a band of Jawas to steal his Beskar armour.

As The Mandalorian viewers will remember, Boba Fett only reclaimed the armour many years later when he earned the respect of Mando.

The Tusken Raiders later found Boba and force him into slavery until he earned their respect by saving a youngling from a lizard creature. That's where the flashbacks ended… for now.

We're certain more of Boba Fett's backstory will unfold throughout the series…

The Book of Boba Fett is now streaming on Disney+. The Mandalorian seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now on Disney+. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the entire Skywalker Saga are available on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K now, as well as on Disney+, while Rise of Skywalker is also on Sky Cinema Premiere and NOW.

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