The Mandalorian: Who Was That at the End of Episode 5?
Warning: Full spoilers for the fifth episode of Star Wars: The Mandalorian follow…
Episode 5 of Star Wars: The Mandalorian, "The Gunslinger," may not have gifted us with endless Baby Yoda Drinking Soup memes, but it did give us a ton of New Hope-era Tatooine nods, as Mando found himself crash-landing on the famous sand planet while on the run from his fellow bounty hunters.From the Mos Eisley cantina (now run by EV-9D9 droids) to Tusken Raiders to Beggar's Canyon to the famous "Maclunkey!" booth, Episode 5 was a celebration of all things Tatooine-y. Including, possibly, the return of the franchise's most famous bounty hunter!
COULD IT BE BOBA FETT?
Back in The Mandalorian's Episode 1, fans thought they spotted Boba Fett amongst the Mandalorians in their underground sanctuary on Navarro (the planet was finally named in this week's chapter).Now viewers are buzzing about Boba again, but this time it's because of the very last scene in "The Gunslinger." A moment that was supposed to serve as a purposeful, and suspenseful, cliffhanger.
A figure who we can only see from the legs down approached the dead body of Ming-Na Wen's Fennec Shand, and while the boots and cape don't exactly resemble those worn by Boba Fett, the sound of "spurs" is what fans instantly noticed. That, along with the fact that this figure is most likely a bounty hunter (and the identity is being kept a secret).
Whenever Boba Fett walked in The Empire Strikes Back, he was accompanied by the sound of jangling spurs, which intentionally gave him more of a Wild West feel. George Lucas's original idea is that he wanted Boba to feel like the "Clint Eastwood of outer space."
So when you take into account the sound of spurs, the obfuscation, and the fact that we're on Tatooine, which is where Boba Fett was thought to have died in Return of the Jedi roughly five years prior to this episode (after tumbling into the Sarlacc pit), you can see why Star Wars fans are all aflutter.Of course, this could all just be a misdirection. "The Gunslinger" could have been filled, top to bottom, with original trilogy references so that our minds would immediately go to Boba at the end.Then again, THR noticed that the #BobaFett hashtag on Twitter produces a little Boba helmet graphic. So it's already a branded hashtag.For more on The Mandalorian, here's confirmation that we'll be learning about Baby Yoda's backstory, Last Jedi's Rian Johnson on how he'd like to direct an episode in Season 2, and our review of Episode 5.
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