Following two successful seasons of The Mandalorian, Star Wars fans were eager to see what Lucasfilm had in store for its second-ever live-action series: The Book of Boba Fett. However, up until the show's most recent episodes, the bounty hunter's solo series had been met with mixed reviews. With only the finale left for the first season, anything can happen - and considering what audiences have seen thus far, it probably will.
Throughout most of The Book of Boba Fett, the focus hasn't just been on the titular character's rise as Tatooine's newest daimyo, but also his post-sarlaac past on the desert world via flashbacks.
The series has also set the stage for a war between Boba's new ragtag tribe and the Pyke Syndicate. But with a number of familiar Star Wars characters having a stake in the conflict, including the skillful Din Djarin, Star Wars fans can't help but speculate about the events of the upcoming finale.
With that in mind, The Direct presents our top 10 bold predictions for what may happen in The Book of Boba Fett's season finale.
1.) The Rescue 2.0
In The Mandalorian's Season 2 finale, titled "The Rescue," Luke Skywalker saves Mando and company from Dark Troopers before taking Grogu to start his Jedi training. All indicators suggest that Grogu will eventually reunite with Mando, but in taking things a step further, could Luke be the one to return the Foundling and maybe help Boba out?
A reunion between Boba and Luke would be incredibly interesting, especially considering Fett was responsible for delivering the new master's buddy Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi. Having the two meet again would truly be a test of Luke's own growth.
Plus, there's the issue of Cad Bane. Fans of The Clone Wars know that Cad Bane is no stranger to Jedi, and the purpose of his breathing apparatus is to prevent himself from being Force choked. It would be interesting to see how the Son of Skywalker would fare against this Jedi adversary.
2.) Darksaber Training Session
In "Chapter 6" of The Book of Boba Fett, fans were treated to a quick glimpse of Luke practicing with his lightsaber. While many fans suspect Grogu will wield the Darksaber as opposed to Yoda's pint-sized green one, he doesn't appear ready to handle a deadly weapon just yet.
Mando, however, rightly possesses the ancient Mandalorian weapon and clearly needs some help. Perhaps Luke will have time to squeeze in a quick lesson?
After all, there is a precedent for such an interaction. In Star Wars: Rebels, Kanan Jarrus trained Mandalorian Sabine Wren in the ways of the Darksaber before she passed the weapon on to Bo-Katan Kryze.
3.) Boba Fett's Final Chapter?
Every book has a final chapter. What if the finale is the conclusion to Boba Fett's?
So far, the series has highlighted Boba's personal journey from a ruthless bounty hunter to a tribal leader with compassion for others and a reverence for respect. Unless something (or someone?) opens a new wound, it's hard to see why his own arc needs to continue.
Additionally, The Book of Boba Fett has made it clear that Boba is no longer a young hunter and perhaps more vulnerable than when audiences saw him in the original trilogy. Plus, the show's last two episodes have barely included him at all. Maybe his seizure of power on Tatooine was more for the sake of the show's other characters' journeys than for Boba himself?
4.) Qi'ra & Crimson Dawn
Fans have anticipated Qi'ra's return to Star Wars in either a film or on Disney+ for years, and since the Crimson Dawn motif is part of The Book of Boba Fett's main theme, her involvement seems like a sure thing.
Also of note is that Qi'ra and Boba have already crossed paths in terms of Han Solo following her return at the end of Marvel Comics' War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha. Perhaps this comic book storyline was laying the groundwork for a rivalry audiences will see play out between the two figures in Boba's series?
5.) Han Solo Strikes Back
It's true that Harrison Ford doesn't appear to love Star Wars; but hey, as his own famous smuggler once said, "never tell me the odds."
There are rumors that Harrison Ford filmed a cameo for The Book of Boba Fett during a pause in shooting for Indiana Jones 5. Other murmurings reported that Ford would be de-aged for the series - and interestingly enough, Lucasfilm is also reportedly using de-aging tech for Ford in his fifth Indy installment, as well.
While this is all a possibility logistically, a Han Solo cameo makes sense for a Boba Fett story. Again, Fett is the one who successfully delivered Solo in carbonite to Jabba the Hutt, leading to the hunter's fall into the Sarlaac pit and later his conquering of the slug's former throne.
If Luke and Qi'ra can make an appearance, why not Han?
6.) The Party Isn't Over?
As the old rule goes, "if there's no body, then the victim isn't dead." While Star Wars fans haven't seen Samuel L. Jackson's Mace Windu since Darth Sidious launched him out an office window in Revenge of the Sith, Jackson is anything but a stranger to Disney's other blockbuster franchise - the MCU.
He may be busy, but if Jon Favreau can straddle both Star Wars and Marvel, why not Jackson as both Nick Fury and Mace Windu?
The Book of Boba Fett hasn't exactly shied away from prequel-era connections, either - and the thing is, Mace is integral to Boba's own story. This is because Mace Windu is the one who killed his father, Jango, and Boba's desire for vengeance is something Temuera Morrison has mentioned and which was explored in The Clone Wars.
Star Wars fans would undoubtedly love to revisit the Jedi Master, and Boba Fett coming to terms with Mace may be key to completing the former bounty hunter's personal growth.
7.) War. What Is It Good For?
While The Book of Boba Fett established that war is brewing between Lord Fett and the Pyke Syndicate, at this point, it feels like that kind of epic, climactic conflict happening in the show's next episode just seems too soon.
Yes, viewers have seen the Pykes arriving on Tatooine and blowing up the Sanctuary, but more has been said about these spice-running criminals than shown. And, while Cad Bane's involvement with the Syndicate definitely makes things more interesting, if this "war" is meant to resonate, more story is required before it starts.
Perhaps this war was never meant to occur in The Book of Boba Fett. Instead, it could play out in Season 3 of The Mandalorian, or maybe in a new, soon-to-be-announced series altogether?
8.) Grogu's Past Revealed
In Season 2 of The Mandalorian, Ahsoka revealed that Grogu was taken from the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, connecting Star Wars' newest and cutest character to the prequel trilogy. However, considering the slaughter that Anakin unleashed on those in the temple - including younglings - the question is: who got Grogu out?
Come "Chapter 6" of The Book of Boba Fett, fans finally got a glimpse of Grogu's memories from the night of Order 66. But what happened after his Jedi protectors were mowed down remains a mystery - for now.
Flashbacks are definitely a key to The Book of Boba Fett, and it's unlikely that Grogu will be able to move on with the choice Luke Skywalker presented him without dealing with these blocked memories. Therefore, to end a series that focused on remembering the past, it's only fitting that audiences haven't seen the last of Grogu's.
9.) Tuskens to the Rescue
At the heart of Boba Fett's flashbacks was his time with the Tusken Raiders and becoming a member of their tribe. In fact, during one of these sequences, Boba expressed that the Tuskens shouldn't have to hide in the sands of Tatooine, as the planet is rightly theirs, leading many fans to believe Boba's plan to rule Tatooine was motivated by what the sand people deserved.
While Boba's own Tusken tribe is later slaughtered by the Nikto gang, it's worth noting that audiences never see the body of the female Tusken warrior or the child who Fett saved.
Because the Tuskens were so central to Boba's story - and since he intends to save Tatooine from the Pykes - it would seem that Raiders would play a role in the finale in some form or fashion. After all, he's still in need of muscle, and what better way to tie this season together than the return of those two Tuskens and a possible unification of all the desert-dwelling tribes?
10.) Rancor Rides
In "Chapter 3" of The Book of Boba Fett, the fleeing Hutt twins offer Boba the gift of a rancor accompanied by a keeper, played by Danny Trejo. However, apart from the rancor scaring a few crime lords in a later episode, audiences haven't seen any more of the creature or Boba's attempts at riding it.
Since Boba's sister, Omega, rode a rancor in The Bad Batch, and the crime lord expressed his desire to do the same, those teases have to pay off, and why not in the finale as Boba (possibly) rides to war?
From its announcement at the end of The Mandalorian's sophomore run to the conclusion of its inaugural season's penultimate episode, The Book of Boba Fett has been all surprises and nothing like fans originally expected.
While there's no telling just what Lucasfilm has in store for the season's conclusion, it's clear that the studio has plenty of story left to tell when it comes to Boba Fett's "tribe" of cameos.
The Book of Boba Fett's season finale debuts on Wednesday on Disney+.