Star Wars Finally Revealed How Boba Fett Got That Dent In His Helmet

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Ever since making his debut and dropping the immortal "He's no good to me dead!" line in Empire Strikes Back, the bounty hunter Boba Fett has been one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars franchise. For a long time, fans didn't know anything about Boba beyond what we saw in Empire and then Return of the Jedi: a guy who was bold enough to get mouthy with Darth Vader and wore a badass but fairly battered set of armor. Now, thanks to a newly-released unfinished scene from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV show, we finally know how he got that very noticeable dent in his helmet.

The Clone Wars producer Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo hosted a panel all about the animated Star Wars series at the epic Star Wars Celebration convention (see our exclusive gallery of pics) in Orlando, and they revealed the unfinished scene that explained the dent in Boba Fett's helmet. In the scene, Boba was a young bounty hunter working with a crew who went up against the legendary bounty hunter Cad Bane. When Cad captured Boba's friends, the two faced off in a Western-style standoff. The two bounty hunters drew their blasters, seemingly at the same time, and fired. Boba went down, with a notable dent in his helmet courtesy of Cad Bane's blaster shot.

The unfinished scene didn't go on to reveal what happened to Cad Bane, according to THR, but given that Boba Fett went on to become an iconic character of the Star Wars franchise and Cad Bane hasn't appeared in Star Wars media outside of the TV show, I'm inclined to think the worst. Their histories throughout The Clone Wars make it unlikely that either would let the other escape a duel alive; I'm guessing that Cad Bane came to an untimely end or something went wrong on Boba's end that gave Cad the time to escape. Check out the two bounty hunters getting ready to duel:

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Fans of Boba Fett will undoubtedly be glad to learn another chapter of his life. An anthology movie all about Boba was in the works not so long ago, but it fell through, to the dismay of all who were counting on learning more about what built him into the badass bounty hunter. Boba was intended to have a much larger role in the Star Wars saga back when George Lucas was intending to make a second trilogy shortly after the original three films, so it's only right that we get more info about him.

When it became clear that the second trilogy wouldn't happen, George Lucas went ahead and killed Boba off in Return of the Jedi. Dying via burping Sarlacc wasn't the most dignified way to go, but at least it wasn't so explicit that the team at Star Wars can't yank him out and bring him back at some point. In fact, Boba Fett did escape from the Sarlacc pit back when the old Star Wars expanded universe was still canon, and Pablo Hidalgo himself has said that Boba is "simultaneously alive and dead" in the Sarlacc pit "until a story pulls him out."

With Star Wars Rebels still airing new seasons set before the events of the original trilogy and another trilogy of movies in production, we may well see Boba Fett back in action, and hopefully with his classic dented set of Mandalorian armor. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in Star Wars news, and don't forget to check out our midseason TV premiere guide and our summer TV premiere schedule.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.