Boba Fett’s return to Star Wars in the second season of The Mandalorian left us with a number of unanswered questions. Chief among them is how he survived the sarlacc into which he fell in Return of the Jedi. Then there’s the matter of why he never simply recovered his armor from Cobb Vanth after all that time on Tatooine. One of the shows seemingly bigger plot holes, however, was how Din Djarin, a Mandalorian bounty hunter and member of the Guild, didn’t appear to know who Boba Fett was. Then again, perhaps he did.
As we know, Fett returned to Star Wars in earnest in the episode “The Tragedy.” When he did, it seemed as if Din Djarin didn’t have a clue about the “most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy.” Granted, the galaxy is a vast space. Still, there were arguably only two bounty hunters more famous than Boba Fett; his father Jango, and Cad Bane. There’s little likelihood that someone like Djarin wouldn’t at least recognize the name. I think he did, and here’s why.
Boba Fett is not a Mandalorian plot hole
If you watch the episode again, you’ll see there really isn’t anything to indicate that Din Djarin didn’t know Fett’s name. Keep in mind, the events of The Mandalorian take place years after Luke & co. rescued Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt. As far as anyone knew, Fett was dead and still being slowly digested over a thousand years. On that basis, it makes much more sense that Djarin did know who Boba was… in concept. Notwithstanding, no one had seen Fett’s face in at least half a decade or more. It wasn’t that Din Djarin didn’t know who the bounty hunter Boba Fett was. It was just that he was unsure about the man claiming his identity. Only when the battle was over, and Boba showed Djarin his chain code, did he finally believe. After that, he had no problem turning the armor over to its rightful owner.
So no, Boba Fett does not present a Mandalorian plot hole. If you want to talk plot holes, how about the fact that Cara Dune, a Rebel Shock Trooper, didn’t seem to recognize Luke Skywalker? You know, the savior of the Rebel Alliance? The one who destroyed the first Death Star and defeated Vader? He wasn’t just the most recognizable hero of the Rebellion; he was one of the most famous people in the entire galaxy. There is absolutely zero chance that Dune wouldn’t recognize the only Jedi Knight presumed to be left in existence.
There’s your plot hole.