The Book of Boba Fett's penultimate episode dropped earlier today, and I thought it would be fun to throw out some theories/predictions for the finale. These last two episodes have been very strange, because they are great, but they also don't feel like the rest of The Book of Boba Fett, showing that the show itself isn't great. I will have a full review out next week and I will do a couple of rankings as well, so be ready for those. That said, here are my predictions for The Book of Boba Fett episode 7.
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR EPISODES 1-6 OF THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT!!!!
Mok Shaiz Brought to Justice
One of the strangest things about The Book of Boba Fett is Mok Shaiz. The mayor of Mos Espa has been a major presence in the show...but has had about thirty seconds of actual screen time and hasn't done anything. My bet is that he comes back near the end of the episode and gets threatened/killed by Boba Fett. I think Boba will take over as mayor of Mos Espa and force Mok Shaiz to leave Tatooine...whether it's by killing him or just by threatening him. I hope they don't spend a lot of time on Mok Shaiz, because that plot line is so underdeveloped and so not compelling.
In episode six, we get a Star Wars nostalgia fest. From R2 to Ahsoka to Grogu to Luke to Cad Bane, there are tons of returning characters that were fun to see. At the end of the episode, Luke shows Grogu the armor that Din Djarin made for him, and gives him a choice. Grogu can either choose the Mandalorian armor and leave the Jedi...or he can take Yoda's lightsaber and embrace the Jedi, leaving Mando behind in the process. I think he will probably end up choosing the Mandalorian armor. Because they want to set up season three of The Mandalorian, it would make more sense. However, I would rather him choose the lightsaber. If he chooses the Mandalorian armor, it makes it seem like the first two seasons of The Mandalorian were for nothing. And that's lame. So, hopefully, he chooses the lightsaber.
Setup for Future Shows
We've gotten tons of announcements of upcoming Star Wars shows. From Andor to Obi-Wan Kenobi to The Acolyte, there's a lot coming from a galaxy far, far away. I think that this finale will set up The Mandalorian season three, Ahsoka, and a possible second season of The Book of Boba Fett. Do I want them to do that? Not really. This show has already done so much set up for The Mandalorian and we don't need any more. I want it to leave off in a place where a second season doesn't feel necessary, but isn't completely out of the question. This finale should be focused on wrapping up Boba Fett's story, and if it is setting up future shows, it's not doing that. But I think that they will end up doing that, because that's a way to build intrigue and get fans of Boba Fett to watch those other shows.
Cad Bane, Boba Fett, and Fennec Shand Rematch
The big villain reveal of The Book of Boba Fett was Cad Bane, a villain from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I haven't watched The Clone Wars, but I recognized Cad Bane and I think that that's a cool way to tie The Clone Wars into the live-action Star Wars universe. Apparently, in The Clone Wars, Cad Bane acted as a mentor to Boba Fett and an enemy to Fennec Shand, so I am interested to see how that plays out. I really liked the way that they introduced Bane in this episode. He has a great presence in the only scene that he's in, so I really hope we get a lot of him in this finale.
A Big Reveal at the End
The Mandalorian was good. It was made better by the Luke Skywalker cameo, but it still would've been good without it. The Book of Boba Fett is not as good as The Mandalorian, and I feel like the writers of this show aren't confident in their protagonist and their story. These last two episodes have centered on Din Djarin and Star Wars fan service. And I'm worried that the finale is going to have some major cameo. Maybe it's Han Solo. Maybe it's Rey. Hell, maybe it's even Obi-Wan Kenobi (I know he's supposed to be dead, but Boba Fett was also supposed to be dead, and he has his own spin-off show). I want them to avoid doing something like that. They can have a major cameo and have it be cool. If you introduce Thrawn in the finale, that's awesome. But I really don't want them to have to rely on fan service to have an exciting finale. At some point, these Disney+ shows have to rely on the stories they are telling and the characters that are in that story. I don't want a Luke Skywalker-level cameo at the end of The Book of Boba Fett. If they do it, it will be a forced and lazy effort to impress the fans. And I really, really don't want that. But I feel like they are going to do it. But my fingers are crossed. I'm excited to see what the finale has in store, but I'm just not very confident that they can wrap this show up in a satisfying way.