The meaning of Darth Vader’s now-famous warning to Boba Fett, a critical piece of the bounty hunter’s backstory, has been uncovered in a new Star Wars canon novel. Fett was first seen on the big screen in The Empire Strikes Back as one of the many mercenaries Vader hired to find and capture the Millennium Falcon. While the dark lord didn’t care what methods the bounty hunters used to locate the ship, he ordered that those aboard it – Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO – be kept alive. As he wrapped up the meeting, Vader singled out Boba Fett and sternly told the Mandalorian, “No disintegrations.” A fun piece of world-building dialogue, the exchange added to the mystique of Boba, helping him become a fan-favorite.

In the years since Empire‘s release, moviegoers have speculated what possibly could have transpired between Vader and Boba to warrant such a direction. A popular theory (which has since been debunked) proposed Fett was the one who torched Own and Beru Lars in search of the droids. Some viewers hoped the event in question would eventually be depicted in a future Star Wars spinoff film, but the story group had other plans for it and have now offered the definitive in-universe explanation.

The book Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View holds the answer to the big question. Set during the events of A New Hope, the novel is a collection of short stories playing through that seminal film through the eyes of various background and supporting characters. One chapter sees Boba Fett (who was added to A New Hope in the special edition) as the narrator, and the bounty hunter tells the reader he was on Tatooine after hearing Vader was on the hunt for R2-D2 and C-3PO. He hoped to discover the robots to make things right with the Empire after a previous job for Vader didn’t go as planned:

“He’s [Vader] still got a mad on over those rebel spies I crisped on Coruscant. Idiots came came at me with ion disruptors. What, they thought I wouldn’t carry a weapon accelerator? Flash, boom, three tiny ash piles. Tried to collect and Lord ‘No Disintegrations!’ refused to pay without bodies. My word’s not good enough, apparently. Reckoned I’d make up the loss by finding his droids and holding out for twice the reward.”

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The short story further reveals Boba was in pursuit of Artoo and Threepio, but the trail went cold once he found the ruined sandcrawler and the corpses of Owen and Beru. If only Jabba had stayed in docking bay 94 a little longer, Fett may have been able to collect his payday. As it were, Boba was able to please both his associates later on in the original trilogy, killing two birds with one stone by capturing Han in Empire. He no doubt was handsomely compensated for that job, so it all worked out in the end (until Boba landed in the Sarlaac pit, of course).

There’s always a chance Boba’s hunt of the aforementioned rebel spies is depicted in another publication (like a comic), but Lucasfilm’s decision to include the origins of “No disintegrations” in a book means it’s highly unlikely the incident is seen onscreen. An anthology movie featuring Boba Fett is thought to be in development, and while fans would like to see more of the character in-action, making “No disintegrations” a lynchpin of the narrative would be limiting from a creative perspective. It’s probably for the best this aspect of Fett’s life was fleshed out in literature, so if he ever does headline a film, it can be something completely new audiences have no knowledge of and help the Star Wars universe further expand.

MORE: Why Boba Fett Deserves A Spinoff Movie

Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View is available now.

Source – Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View

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