As of “Chapter 2,” Pedro Pascal has yet to remove his helmet on the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian. And that means the fan theory world has gone into hyperdrive trying to figure out who his character really is. That’s led some folks to start floating the theory that if this guy dresses like Boba Fett and is the same age as Boba Fett, then he might just be Boba Fett. After all, there can’t be new things in Star Wars, right? In certain quarters of the internet, some Star Wars fans are getting fired-up about Mando being Boba Fett in disguise.
But, let’s not get this twisted. Sure, Baby Yoda, might, in fact, be a clone of actual Yoda, but Mando ain’t Boba Fett. Here are 3 why.
3. Boba Fett is dead
The Mandalorian takes place 5 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, this means, that roughly 5 years before this show, Boba Fett was tossed into the Sarlacc Pit by Han Solo and eaten. While George Lucas did hint at the fact that Boba Fett might not really be dead, and several non-canon stories brought him back, the fact remains, that in terms of real deal canon, Boba Fett died in Return of the Jedi. The fact that Jon Hamm did Boba Fett’s voice in an audiobook in 2017, also, sadly, has not brought Boba Fett back from the dead.
2. Mando already has a backstory that contradicts Boba Fett’s backstory
Boba Fett was a clone of Jango Fett, because, these days, Attack of the Clones, is, at least the last time we checked, still a Star Wars movie, and therefore, part of real Star Wars canon. In the flashbacks, we’ve seen so far in The Mandalorian, it seems like Mando is a “foundling,” which means he was found by some Mandalorians after his parents were killed. Boba Fett’s dad, meanwhile, was killed in front of him, on the planet Geonosis, by Mace Windu, with a purple lightsaber.
As far as we know, this is not the backstory of Mando. He doesn’t appear to be a clone, and it looks like had two parents.
1. Mando is a way better person than Boba Fett and cares about his tribe
Boba Fett 100 percent operated as a loner and did not give two shits about people who were not him. Everything we’ve seen in The Mandalorian gives us the opposite impression of our new anti-hero.
Mando isn’t keeping his bounty hunting money for himself, he’s giving it to his tribe right away. He isn’t killing his targets if he can help it, he is, for the most part, freezing all these jokers in carbonite. He also, is clearly, very conflicted about Baby Yoda. Do you think Boba Fett — a guy who saw Yoda’s best friend kill his dad — would give a shit about Baby Yoda? He would not. This is not Boba Fett.
Bonus: The Mando could, however, be another Jango Fett clone
Now, while it’s very unlikely that Pedro Pascal is connected to Boba Fett (outside of the very obvious Mandalorian armor) it is feasible that Mando is another clone of Jango Fett. As far as we know, there was only one clone of Jango Fett that was made to grow at a “normal” rate. But, because cloners are possibly part of the mythos of The Mandalorian, the idea of the titular character possibly being a clone (or from a group of clones) can’t be discounted out of hand. So, even if Mando isn’t Boba Fett, it’s possible, maybe, that he does share Boba Fett’s exact DNA.
New The Mandalorian episodes release Friday mornings on Disney+.