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'Mandalorian' Season 3 could reveal a major villain hiding in plain sight

“The boy comes with us”

Din Djarin and Boba Fett have finally made amends. After a brief altercation, the two were on good terms by the end of The Mandalorian Season 2. Boba even offered to give Din a ride and helped him find Grogu after Moff Gideon pulled off a kidnapping. But change is in the air.

It’s Boba’s turn in the spotlight with his own spinoff, The Book of Boba Fett, premiering in just a few weeks. Could the series set up a shocking Mandalorian Season 3 villain? The depths of Star Wars canon suggest just that. Here’s how.

Star Wars canon is full of information about Jango and Boba Fett, but The Mandalorian introduced an entirely new chapter in their history. After Boba is reunited with his father’s armor in Season 3, he shows Din the chain code embedded into it. A translation of the symbols revealed a reference to Jaster Mereel, bringing one of the most interesting Mandalorian characters into canon.

Jaster was the Mandalorian leader who rescued Jango Fett, adopting him into Mandalorian society just as Din Djarin was adopted into the Children of the Watch (and adopted Baby Yoda in turn). Jaster Mereel also held the role of Mandalore, the leader of Mandalorian society.

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Boba’s armor contains the name of Jango’s rescuer, Jaster Mereel. Lucasfilm

With the transfer of the Darksaber to Din Djarin in the Mandalorian Season 2 finale, he’s now the rightful Mandalore — if there even is a Mandalorian society to still rule. But Bo-Katan Kryze, the heiress to the throne of Mandalore, sees herself as the rightful owner. It’s the perfect recipe for a hotly contested power struggle in The Mandalorian Season 3. However, there’s a dark horse candidate.

Because he’s the (cloned) son of the (adopted) son of Jaster Mereel, Boba Fett technically also has a claim to the Mandalorian throne. Perhaps as he develops his crime empire in The Book of Boba Fett, he could learn of his rich heritage and seek to take what’s his.

Jaster rescues Jango in Jango Fett: Open Seasons #1, published in May 2002.Dark Horse Comics

After all, Boba survived the Sarlacc, years on Tatooine, and a confrontation with the Empire. Of all the Mandalorians, be they pureblood or Foundling, Boba’s been through the most and has the experience necessary to lead the Mandalorians into a new era. He’s famously the son of a simple man making his way through the universe, so he’s the perfect man to lead a scattered population of equally simple people just getting through life. (The only problem? Everyone in the galaxy hates him for looking and sounding identical to the Empire’s Clone Troopers.)

Hopefully, with the introduction of Jaster Mereel into canon, The Mandalorian is establishing a three-way fight for the Darksaber and the Mandalorian crown, meaning Din, Bo-Katan, and Boba will each need to re-examine what makes a good Mandalorian and what makes a good leader.

The Book of Boba Fett premieres December 29 on Disney+.