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Could Boba Fett Appear in The Bad Batch?

By Julie Catherine

We’re now less than two months away from the next Star Wars animated project, The Bad Batch. Set after the events of Revenge of the Sith, this series follows a group of experimental clones, first seen in The Clone Wars season 7, as they navigate a changed galaxy. The time period in which The Bad Batch is set in means that there’s always a chance for a recognizable face to appear. As the trailer shows, Fennec Shand, the bounty hunter first seen in The Mandalorian, will make an appearance in the show. However, will she be the only bounty hunter to appear? Given her connection with Boba Fett, is it possible that he could also appear?

The Bad Batch is shaping up to be a sequel to The Clone Wars in many ways. For one, the animation style remains consistent, something that set Star Wars Resistance, another animated series from Lucasfilm, apart. Dee Bradley Baker, who voiced all of the clones in The Clone Wars, is also reprising his roles, highlighting another connection between the two series. Given this, it’s possible that the creators opt to use some of the ideas conceived for The Clone Wars before it came to an end.

One particular storyline that never came to fruition on The Clone Wars can be reused here, one which involves the infamous Boba Fett. As revealed by Dave Filoni during a Star Wars Celebration: Orlando panel in 2017, The Clone Wars initially had plans to have Fett and Cad Bane, the cowboy hat wearing Duros alien, duel in classic spaghetti western style. As The Bad Batch looks to explore the underworld in someways, it’s entirely possible that this bounty Hunter storyline is revisited.

Another indication Boba may appear in The Bad Batch series is to showcase the origins of his relationship with Fennec Shand. Ming-Na Wen’s Shand will appear in this show (although for how long is another question), so it’s possible that fans may see Boba meet his future accomplice here. This would also make for insightful and relevant viewing before The Book of Boba Fett, which will see Fett and Shand side by side ruling in Jabba’s Palace, as the post credits scene of The Mandalorian season 2 finale shows. Fans could see the relationship between Boba and Fennec in a different light if the former were to appear in The Bad Batch.

While it’s unclear if Boba Fett will indeed premiere in The Bad Batch, it’s certainly something that would be cool to see. If he does appear, fans will extremely excited to see the beloved bounty hunter once again. The Bad Batch premieres on Star Wars day, May 4th, 2021, on Disney+.

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