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The most recent episode of The Book of Boba Fett on Disney+ may contain an incredibly deep-cut (and wizard) reference to a rather obscure piece of Star Wars media. Some Twitter fans think they've spotted a nod to the legendary, scrapped 1313 video game, which would have followed Boba Fett's bounty hunting exploits on Coruscant.
In some allegedly leaked footage from the title, you can see Fett chasing a pair of targets through a number of obstacles, including a room full of large pieces of meat hanging from the ceiling. This visual is eerily similar to the opening of "Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian," where Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal back in excellent form) takes on a nest of criminals in a frigid meat locker.
A game designer by the name of Grant Parker claimed to have worked on Star Wars: 1313, tweeting: "I did some early pre-pro work on a bar in this section and some of the planning for a meat factory (you see the hanging tauntaun carcasses). It was the first professional level design work I ever did. It was very important to me. Happy to see it again."
He continued: "Fun Fact: a lot of excellent early concept stuff from 1313 has been repurposed and used in [The] Mandalorian and Book of Boba Fett. I was so happy the latest episode even had a meat locker with tauntauns in it."
SYFY WIRE has reached out to Lucasfilm for comment to see if there's any official confirmation of where the visual may have been inspired from.
If true, this wouldn't be the first time the Star Wars television universe dusted off a forgotten piece of lore, particularly one rooted in the world of gaming. In Season 2 of The Mandalorian, for instance, Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) uses nigh-indestructible droids known as Dark Troopers. These formidable machines were not created for the show, but first appeared in Star Wars: Dark Forces, a 1995 video game about Stormtrooper-turned-Rebel-mercenary Kyle Katarn.
Fans also think that Chapter 5 of The Book of Boba Fett holds a reference to Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order with what looks to be a cameo appearance from Cal Kestis's two-legged unit droid companion, BD-1. While it certainly looks like the little guy, nothing is confirmed.
The way we see it, there are two explanations: 1) Cal (Cameron Monaghan) is still alive somewhere and left BD-1 in the care of Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) or 2) The Tatooine-based mechanic simply has her own explorer droid. The latter is probably the likeliest outcome, but hey — if Ahsoka Tano can make the jump to live-action, then nothing is out of the galaxy of possibility.
Episodes 1-5 of The Book of Boba Fett are now streaming on Disney+. The sixth and penultimate chapter premieres on the subscription streaming platform this coming Wednesday — Feb. 2 — with the finale slated for Wednesday, Feb. 9.