As the original, premier bounty hunter in Star Wars, Boba Fett has always been a fan-favorite character. Maybe some of that was because of his status as a mystery man -- a professional killer without a face or a cause, whose only drive was his target. Of course, he met his supposed end in Return of the Jedi, but rumors and stories of his surviving the Sarlacc Pit circulated for years in Star Wars Legends continuity. Then, in Season 2 of The Mandalorian, the call was answered and Boba Fett made his return to canon.
Boba Fett fans drooled over the bounty hunter’s involvement in The Mandalorian series like it was a fresh bantha steak. However, they were even more excited as the final episode ended and a mid-credits scene teased Boba’s own series: Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett. Details on the upcoming Disney+ show have been sparse, but there might be a clue hidden in plain sight about the series’ plot. That clue can be found on Boba Fett’s throne.
First shown when Boba usurped Bib Fortuna’s literal “seat of power” at Jabba’s palace, the throne that Boba took as his own was inscribed with markings written in ur-Kittât -- the ancient, runic language of the Sith. It's not a perfect translation and the text seems to have been mirrored, but the inscription was clearly meant to say “Boba Fett.” The follow-up question is naturally: why would Bib have a throne made with Boba Fett's name on it? And the obvious answer is that Bib wouldn't.
The inscription could be just a simple Easter egg, but it could also be a hint to The Book of Boba Fett’s plot. It may suggest a backstory in which Boba, after escaping the Sarlacc Pit, claimed Jabba's former empire, only to have it taken over by Bib Fortuna. So, when Boba came and killed Bib in the mid-credits scene, he could have been settling a personal vendetta by retaking the throne that he had built directly after escaping the Sarlacc Pit. As proof, the timing actually works out pretty well.
Return of the Jedi was set in 4 ABY, and based on the happenings in Aftermath: Life Debt, Boba escaped the sarlacc in 5 ABY. However, the events in The Mandalorian didn’t happen until 9 ABY. So, either Boba sat around and wandered the desert for four years, or he tried and succeeded in taking over Jabba’s empire. Given Boba’s reputation, the latter option seems like a more probable choice. In other words, there was plenty of time for Boba to have taken over and for Bib Fortuna to have reclaimed what was once his master’s domain.
It isn't just the timeline that makes sense, however. In the final moments of The Mandalorian Season 2, Boba and Fennec Shand made quick work of Bib Fortuna’s guards, and the gluttonous twi’lek also felt the burn of Boba’s blaster. But before he died, Bib said two things: “I thought you were dead,” and “I had heard many rumors…” Those statements are contradictory, so either Bib was stalling for time or he knew Boba had survived the sarlacc and was referring to another, later incident. Once again, the latter option supports the theory that Bib Fortuna stole the empire that Boba assumed control of after Jabba’s death.
Unfortunately, none of that explains why the inscription was written in the Sith language. Huttese, the language of Jabba's court and known to many on Tatooine, or Mando'a, the language of the Mandalorians, would have made more sense. So, the decision had to be intentional. At the time the throne was made, there were no living Sith because Vader had been redeemed and Palpatine was – for all intents and purposes – dead. The only people that could have known that language were the secret Sith cultists. So, perhaps some of those cultists had a hand in placing Boba in power before The Book of Boba Fett since the bounty hunter had worked for Darth Vader at one point.
To find out why Boba Fett’s throne says “Boba Fett” in an ancient Sith language, watch The Book of Boba Fett on Disney+ on Dec. 29.
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