We Have A Crackpot Theory About The Book Of Boba Fett, Just Hear Us Out

The time is now, "Star Wars" people. "The Book of Boba Fett" has made its long-awaited debut on Disney+, bringing back Temuera Morrison as the beloved bounty hunter. More than that, it finally gives the character a chance to shine in the spotlight after not one, but two different movies failed to get off the ground. Now, we're here, and we have some questions about where the show is headed. I, for one, am wondering if we're going to get a "Baby Yoda"-level reveal. And if we are, I have a theory about what that might be. I have no insider info, but just in case I'm right, I'll put a big ol' spoiler warning right here.

What if, and hear me out here, Mace Windu comes back? Yes, what if we finally get to see a confrontation between Boba Fett and the Jedi who killed his father, played by Samuel L. Jackson. But isn't Mace Windu dead? Wouldn't that be hard to keep a secret? Do we have anything at all to base this on? Let's look at the answers to those questions as I see it, shall we? Put on your tinfoil caps and get ready to take a trip to crackpot country — it's fan theory time.

The First Episode Plants the Seed

For starters, one of the very first things we see in "The Book of Boba Fett" is flashback to the pivotal moment in "Attack of the Clones" when a young Boba heads to the deserted battlefield to hold up his father's helmet, which also contains his head. This is because Mace Windu cut it off real good during the battle. For those who may need a refresher...

Yes, this is a big moment for Boba, but nothing else in the first episode truly deals with this very specific moment. That raises an eyebrow. Why remind us how his father died? Why bring us back to that moment so early on in the show? Especially when we consider that director Robert Rodriguez actually reshot the moment in question, as opposed to repurposing the footage from "Attack of the Clones."

This, to me at least, signifies the importance of framing this moment in just such a way for the purposes of the show. Boba Fett is a hell of a bounty hunter who now has more power than ever. Does it not stand to reason that he might want revenge? It's something to ponder, especially given some other things that have been said in the past.

Mace Windu May Not Be Dead

As fans may well recall, "Revenge of the Sith" sees Samuel L. Jackson's Mace Windu confront Palpatine and, were it nor for Anakin's intervention, he would have prevented the Empire as we know it. But Palpatine got the best of the exchange and lightninged Mace out of an incredibly high window, seemingly leaving him for dead. Be that as it may, Jackson kindly disagrees. Much in the same way that Boba Fett survived the Sarlacc pit, Jackson feels Mace, too, survived this ordeal.

While Jackson has remarked on the topic several times over the years, he put it together quite succinctly in a Twitter Q&A in 2016 (seen above). A fan asked about Mace Windu, and the actor explained that he is not dead in his mind, as Jedi can fall from great heights and not die:

"As in most Star Wars movies it was George Lucas' idea to kill Mace Windu. He said that he killed all of these other important characters in these other movies leading up to that. And he said the only person left to kill that would mean anything in Episode III would be me. I was trying to figure it out. 'Really? Can't you just like, injure me or whatever?' In my mind, I'm not dead. Jedis can fall from incredibly high distances and not die."

Speaking further, Jackson explained that he even got George Lucas to sign off on the idea. "George doesn't have anything to do with it anymore... George is like, 'I'm okay with that. You can be alive." So there we have it.

In truth, Jackson makes some strong points. Jedi have survived worse. Plus, given what happened by the end of Episode III, if Mace had survived, it would make sense for him to go into hiding, much like Obi-Wan and Yoda did. More recently, while promoting "Captain Marvel" in 2019, Jackson reiterated to Comicbook.com that he's game to reprise the role, explaining that the de-aging tech has gotten quite good:

"Well, we've got Lola [VFX], they've got Lola, it's theirs, let's see what happens. I'm down with it. I've still got my purple lightsaber, I'm ready."

To add a little more fuel to the fire, Jackson posted the following on Instagram a little while back, proclaiming that "Mace ain't done."

All of this to say, Jackson is game to return to the role, there is an explanation for how the character could have survived, and there would be a compelling story reason to bring him back into the fold now, with Boba Fett looking to settle old vendettas. The actual evidence is thin right now, but there is just enough circumstantial evidence to suggest this could be a thing.

Lucasfilm Can Keep Big Secrets

One's first thought might be that this would be far too big of a secret to keep. It's "Star Wars" and something this huge would be bound to make its way into the internet rumor mill, right? In some cases that may be true. Temuera Morrison's return as Boba Fett in "The Mandalorian" made it into the trades, why not this? It's not an unreasonable question, but let us not forget that Lucasfilm is capable of keeping huge secrets.

Look no further than "The Mandalorian," which managed to keep Grogu, aka Baby Yoda, a complete secret until the character was revealed at the end of the show's first episode. Given how big of a deal that was, it's downright amazing that didn't get leaked. So it's certainly possible that Lucasfilm could keep Mace Windu's return under lock and key. That's not to say they are, but at least we know something this big could be kept under wraps. We'll see what comes to pass over the next several weeks.

"The Book of Boba Fett" returns with new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+.