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Is Boba Fett Dead or Alive?


Updated to include "Empire's End," "Life Debt" and "Aftermath" (which all are canon), "Battlefront" (which is not canon), etc.

TL;DR

He's neither dead nor alive in the new canon (aka "Schrodinger's Fett")

Last revised April 5, 2017. Please continue reading for all the facts versus the fiction.

This page is our own repository of the facts: quotes with attribution over time from official sources. Specifically for this feature, we note what is "canon" versus what is considered a legend / expanded universe and therefore is "not canon."

Note that, when Disney bought Lucasfilm and created the Story Group, they decided that all of the books and comics made up until that point were "legends" and not canon.

This exclusive "Fett Fact Check" is our own repository of what we learn, when we learn it. We're both logging and analyzing Boba Fett-specific confirmations, ambiguities, and denials -- each with date and original attribution. Below are our findings, sorted from newest to oldest:

Verdict Key

  • Green Text = Confirmation
  • Yellow Text = It's Complicated / Ambiguous / TBD
  • Red Text = Debunked / Fake News

Source Key

  • CANON = Official and Current
  • OPINION = Expert or Creator Opinion
  • LEGENDS = Outdated aka Expanded Universe

Timeline

  • February 21, 2017 ... CANON

    The last book in the "Aftermath" trilogy, "Empire's End," there is a vague reference again to what could be Boba Fett's armor, as there was in the prior two books. It's brief and ambiguous and may or may not be Fett's. We reported this in "The "All-Too-Familiar Mandalorian Armor" in "Star Wars: Empire's End."

    Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End
    2017, Del Rey Books

    Where To Find This

  • July 12, 2016 ... CANON

    The sequel to "Aftermath," which is called "Life Debt," came out today. Boba Fett is not mentioned by name in this one, but there are some vague mentions of "Mandalorian armor" being salvaged and then worn. We had some of this already in the first book. Both books are canon. We reported this in "Did 'Life Debt' Continue a Slow (Yet Canon) Reveal of Boba Fett's Fate?". Note that the armor may or may not be Fett's. There is no body, but it's at the right place and time. The book also suggests that the Sarlacc has been killed -- possibly right after Jabba's Sail Barge exploded.

    Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt
    2016, Del Rey Books

    Where To Find This
    Hardcover

  • July 5, 2016 ... CANON

    Boba Fett's listing in "Star Wars Galactic Maps: An Illustrated Atlas of the Star Wars Universe" was revealed early online in a fan site's tweet. The canon guidebook comes out in December. While Mace Windu and Palpatine are noted as dead, the wording for Fett just says he fell into the pit, re-iterating the theme of the new Disney canon that he's still neither dead nor alive. (See April 24, 2015 for when #SchrodingersFett began.)

  • June 28, 2016

    "LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the latest video game to include non-story mode situations, includes Boba Fett on Jakku. Because canon status needs a story, and there are all kinds of goofy situations in this game like "Battlefront," it's again false to say Boba Fett is alive post-Sarlacc just because he appears in this game.

    LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    2016, Warner Home Video - Games

    Where To Find This
    PS4
    Xbox One

  • October 27, 2015

    Premiering at today's Paris Games Week, the new "gameplay" trailer for the upcoming video game Star Wars Battlefront, which we know already includes Boba Fett, has a line that references life after Sarlacc. When the character flies in the trailer over the Sarlacc, we hear him say, "not making that mistake again." This would be a nod that he's alive after "Return of the Jedi," however, see April 29 below to clear up that non-story video games are not canon. Therefore, this is a "helmet nod" moment, but not a confirmation that Boba Fett is alive in the new canon.

  • September 2, 2015 ... CANON

    In "Star Wars: Aftermath", which is set in the canon storyline after "Return of the Jedi," page 300 hints at what sounds like Boba Fett's Mandalorian armor. The context is a Jawa sale on Tatooine with Jabba's Sail Barge wreckage. Since it's just about his armor -- without him -- this means he is dead or alive. The book is officially scheduled to be released September 4, 2015. This continues the theme here of deliberately ambiguous references in the new canon.

    Aftermath
    2015, Del Rey Books

    Where To Find This
    Hardcover
    Paperback
    Kindle

  • June 7, 2015 ... CANON

    In "Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know", the second guidebook to be released that has the newly-official / canon storyline, Boba Fett's spread in the book does not address his death; therefore, he is dead or alive. We host an image of this spread. The book is officially scheduled to be released September 4, 2015.

  • April 29, 2015

    On April 17, the debut trailer for "Star Wars Battlefront" includes Boba Fett, flying around on a planet with a wrecked Star Destroyer, identical to the one in "The Force Awakens," which is set 30 years after "Return of the Jedi." We reported this in "Boba Fett Confirmed for New 'Star Wars: Battlefront' Game." While this match may seem to some like instant validation that Boba Fett survives, we need to verify that video games without story campaigns are canon. They are not. In this interview with IGN on April 29, Patrick Bach (GM of DICE, the developer of the game) explains "it's complicated. ... Canon is connected often to story. Is every battle you play out canon, or is this specific item canon? I can't give you a clear answer on canon." The reporter at IGN clarifies the point: "Battlefront honors the canon of Star Wars, but the unpredictable nature of competitive multiplayer in an online sandbox means there's no way to make any match matter to the wider fiction. ... Boba Fett can show up on Hoth and start wrecking Rebels." This suggests to us that Boba Fett has an ambiguous role in the game -- a game that could include characters who are dead in the films, on planets they weren't ever on, et cetera and it doesn't matter to the larger canon. Because of this randomness, it's false to say Boba Fett is alive just because he appears in this game.

  • April 28, 2015 ... CANON

    In "Ultimate Star Wars," the debut canon guidebook, Boba Fett's page simply says he "falls" into the pit. This suggests he's dead or alive. We host an image of this quote.

    Ultimate Star Wars
    2015, DK

    Where To Find This

  • April 24, 2015 ... OPINION

    During the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim panel, Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo explains how Boba Fett is dead or alive until a new story decides it moving forward. We reported this in "Schrodinger's Fett: The Life and Death Paradox of Boba Fett" and coined the hashtag #SchrodingersFett.

  • April 19, 2015

    Flickering Myth runs a bold headline that Disney has confirmed Boba Fett is alive because of the video game Battlefront. Given what we know at this date, this declaration is false. The game does not have a story mode, which is the basis for canon. And there is no official source that spells out Boba Fett is alive after falling into the Sarlacc, which we require for true confirmation.

  • April 17, 2015

    Today's debut trailer for "Star Wars Battlefront" includes Boba Fett, flying around on a planet with a wrecked Star Destroyer, identical to the one in "The Force Awakens," which is set 30 years after "Return of the Jedi." We reported this in "Boba Fett Confirmed for New 'Star Wars: Battlefront' Game." Video game storylines (if there is a story mode) are not necessarily canon, so this appearance is to-be-determined.

  • July 16, 2014 ... OPINION

    During a Reddit AMA with J.W. Rinzler, the Lucasfilm author says he personally had discussions with George Lucas and that Boba Fett is alive: "Yes, he does. I have been in meetings with George [Lucas] where he confirms that Fett survived. If it comes from George then it's true!" We reported this in "J.W. Rinzler Confirms George Lucas: Boba Fett Survived the Sarlacc."

  • 2013

    The Lucasfilm Story Group is established. Everything considered "expanded universe" is now a "legend" and not canon. The group and future stories will be considered canon.

  • August 2012 ... OPINION

    During Star Wars Celebration VI, George Lucas was recorded without his knowledge at an exhibit of Boba Fett fan-made helmets. In that video and our news report, Lucas says Boba Fett did not die and therefore is alive. We reported this in "George Lucas Says Boba Fett Didn't Die After All".

  • September 2004 ... OPINION

    During the DVD commentary for "Return of the Jedi," and also in an interview with USA Today, George Lucas explains how he considered Boba Fett escaping the Sarlacc in the movie but "it doesn't quite fit, in the end." This infers that Boba Fett is dead. We host these complete quotes. These quotes are also in "Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays."

    Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays
    1997, Ballantine Books

    Where To Find This

  • June 1, 1998 ... LEGENDS

    In "The Mandalorian Armor," which is the first of the three "The Bounty Hunter Wars" books, we establish Boba Fett has is alive and escaped the Sarlacc days after the battle, thanks to Dengar, Neelah, and Kuat of Kuat.
    Note: as of 2013, this is considered a "legend." Prior to 2013, this was considered "expanded universe."

    The Mandalorian Armor
    1998, Bantam Books

    Where To Find This
    Paperback
    Kindle E-book

  • 1997 ... OPINION

    During an interview with MTV, George Lucas explains how Boba Fett is dead, however, "the people who write the books, and everything, and the comics say 'we can't kill him, we gotta bring him back, we can't let him die!'" We host this video clip.

  • March 7, 1997 ... CANON

    In the "Return of the Jedi: Special Edition," George Lucas adds an audible burp to the Sarlacc when Boba Fett falls in. Since that doesn't mean an instant death, it's unclear whether he's dead or alive.

  • November 1, 1996 ... LEGENDS

    In "Tales of the Bounty Hunters," within the short story "Payback: The Tale of Dengar," Dengar finds Boba alive near the Sarlacc and saves his life.
    Note: as of 2013, this is considered a "legend." Prior to 2013, this was considered "expanded universe."

    Tales of the Bounty Hunters
    1996, Bantam Books

    Where To Find This

  • Winter 1996 ... LEGENDS

    In the Topps Star Wars Galaxy Magazine, which originally published "Twin Engines of Destruction," we see Boba Fett with scars from the Sarlacc and he converses with Dengar under the alias "Sarlacc Food." This shows Boba Fett is alive.
    Note: as of 2013, this is considered a "legend." Prior to 2013, this was considered "expanded universe."

  • December 1, 1995 ... LEGENDS

    In "Tales from Jabba's Palace," within the short story "A Barve Like That: The Tale of Boba Fett," Boba Fett is alive and escaping the Sarlacc.
    Note: as of 2013, this is considered a "legend." Prior to 2013, this was considered "expanded universe."

    Tales from Jabba's Palace
    1995, Bantam Books

    Where To Find This

  • 1992 ... LEGENDS

    In "Dark Empire #3," Boba Fett is alive. He confronts Han Solo and Princess Leia to say, "The Sarlacc found me somewhat indigestible."
    Note: as of 2013, this is considered a "legend." Prior to 2013, this was considered "expanded universe."

    Dark Empire #3
    1992, Dark Horse Comics

    Where To Find This

  • March 1, 1984 ... LEGENDS

    In Marvel Star Wars #81 "Jawas of Doom," Boba Fett is alive and found by Jawas.
    Note: as of 2013, this is considered a "legend." Prior to 2013, this was considered "expanded universe."

    Marvel Star Wars #81: "Jawas of Doom"
    1984, Marvel

    Where To Find This

  • May 25, 1983 ... CANON

    In "Return of the Jedi," we see Boba Fett fall into the Sarlacc. Especially with a jetpack to get out, the one thing anyone would need to get out of a pit, it's unclear if he's dead or alive.


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