A deleted scene from Star Wars: The Clone Wars reveals how Boba Fett's helmet was damaged, solving this particular mystery. Even a novice Star Wars fan is aware of the legend of Boba Fett, the character who started out as little more than a background player in the events of the Original Trilogy, whose design and overall vibe led to him becoming a fan-favorite character. While his appearance/role in Attack of the Clones was considered to be a completely disappointing experience for a majority of Star Wars fans at the time, his recurring role in The Clone Wars animated series ended up adding more to the legendary bounty hunter in a way that fans had been waiting their entire lives for.
Unfortunately, when Disney ended up buying Lucasfilm in 2012, The Clone Wars came to an unexpected and unfortunately short end for many fans, ending any possibility of getting to see Boba Fett during that very special time period in the galaxy for the foreseeable future. However, it looks like there were plans for The Clone Wars to reveal the truth behind another hugely discussed mystery of the Boba Fett character, if the scene hadn't been left uncompleted.
During a panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando today with Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo, the duo revealed an unfinished scene featuring Boba Fett and none other than the villainous Cad Bane from The Clone Wars series. While the actual clip has not yet been officially released online, the scene began with Fett having a confrontation with Bane, after the latter had captured some of Fett's friends (H/T THR). As a result, the two bounty hunters engage in a standoff that would make Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood proud, with both Fett and Bane circling each other, blasters at their hip.
Suddenly, the two combatants both draw their weapons at the same time, firing and blasting each other backward. While Filoni and Hidalgo declined to reveal the fate of Bane at the end of the confrontation, the clip did very clearly reveal that it was Cad Bane responsible for the infamous dent near the top of Boba Fett's helmet.
While fans know (or at least "supposedly know") what happened to Boba Fett, one of the biggest questions that they've had ever since The Clone Wars premiered its final episodes on Netflix was what ended up happening to Cad Bane. To the credit of Filoni and all involved, by the time the series had ended Bane became one of the most beloved characters on the show.
A gunslinger with an especially ruthless edge, Bane has left a mark in a universe that's lasted much longer than The Clone Wars did. So while Filoni and co. don't quite confirm whether or not he was killed as a result of this duel with Boba, it's certainly an interesting possibility to consider. Not only would it be a fitting end for a character who, in his simplest form is a callback to Old Westerns, but it would only further illustrate how effective a bounty hunter Boba Fett went on to become after The Clone Wars. After all, it's not just any man who can pick a fight with Cad Bane and walk away relatively unharmed, let alone the clear winner.
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