A Boba Fett Twist Could Fix A Confusing Mandalorian Moment

This article contains spoilers for The Book of Boba Fett episode 6.

The Mandalorian returns in The Book of Boba Fett, and one subtle twist may explain a confusing moment on Tatooine. Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) finally made his way back to the Star Wars universe in The Book of Boba Fett. In episode 5 of the series, Mando returned to Tatooine, getting a rebuilt N-1 starfighter from Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) to replace the destroyed Razor Crest. Episode 6 also focused on the character, as Mando attempted to deliver Baby Yoda-sized Mandalorian armor to Grogu. However, Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) stops him. Since his presence would distract Grogu from his training with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Mando returns to Tatooine to help Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) in his war against the Pykes.


The Book of Boba Fett episode 4 teased the Mandalorian's return. In the episode, Boba Fett discusses the impending war with the Pykes with Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), with the former bounty hunter commenting that he's short on "muscle" for the conflict. "Credits can buy muscle if you know where to look," Fennec Shand says. After the comment, The Book of Boba Fett episode 4 unmistakably includes The Mandalorian theme, revealing the character would soon appear as the aforementioned "muscle."

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The Book of Boba Fett includes one confusing moment during the Mandalorian's return, and a subtle twist may finally explain it. During The Book of Boba Fett episode 5, Mando shows up on Tatooine and tells Peli Motto that he got her message about Motto having a Razor Crest replacement for him. "Message? What message," Peli Motto says. Of course, Peli Motto soon recovers, claiming she suddenly remembers the message and asks Mando for cash. Interestingly, Motto claims she's been working her "butt off" on Mando's Razor Crest replacement, but she reveals the Mandalorian's new ship is a junky N-1 starfighter. Din Djarin even needs to help her fix it before it's ready to fly. The entire sequence is weird, but a subtle twist may explain. If Fennec Shand sent the message to Mando, the situation would make more sense. It'd explain why Peli Motto is confused about the message and why Fennec Shand shows up at the end of the episode, knowing Mando is at Peli Motto's.

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Fennec Shand at Peli Motto's hangar in Book of Boba Fett Episode 5, Return of the Mandalorian.

Fennec Shand sending the message to Mando works perfectly into the story. In The Book of Boba Fett episode 4, Fennec Shand suggests to Boba Fett that they'll need muscle for the upcoming war with the Pykes. However, the Mandalorian doesn't appear to be on Tatooine at the time. So to get Mando on the planet, Ming-Na Wen's Fennec Shand would have to send a message, and luring him with the promise of a potential Razor Crest replacement would be enough to do it. After all, Boba Fett and Fennec Shand know Mando needs a new ship since he loses his Razor Crest in The Mandalorian season 2. From the N-1 starfighter's state of disrepair, Peli Motto clearly hasn't been working her butt off on Mando's new ship. And it's a little too lucky that Fennec Shand suggests Mando, and then he just suddenly happens to show up on Tatooine.

Peli Motto is somewhat scatterbrained in general. During the episode, Mando is upset that the N-1 starfighter isn't a new Razor Crest, and Motto says, "I said I had a replacement for a Razor Crest." The statement suggests that Motto may have sent the message to Pedro Pascal's Din Djarin after all. However, Peli Motto lied about working her butt off, so she may be continuing the lie to get some cash. And Mando showing up just in time for Boba Fett's war is a bit too perfect, leaving the possibility for Fennec Shand shenanigans.