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Book of Boba Fett episode 5's big return has fans screaming with joy online

Boba Fett in a poster for The Book of Boba Fett
(Image credit: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)

Spoiler warning for the events of The Book of Boba Fett episode 5!

Okay, so with that out of the way: as teased recently, Book of Boba Fett just delivered a big return that may have given the series a bit of new life — or at least more attention. We won't reveal the identity of that character too early, though, as eyes don't always stick just on the line with the spoiler warning. We've all been there.

But user @JannaLynn95 (opens in new tab) broke it down in the most succinct format: a meme. Yes, distracted boyfriend is now distracted Star Wars fan, and his eyes are on one of his favorite characters:

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Yes, Star Wars fans, Din Dijarin himself, better known as Mando aka Baby Yoda's bestie, is back. And as you probably know Book of Boba Fett episode 5 didn't try and hide the news. The episode started off hot with Mando collecting a bounty, slicing and dicing aliens inside a butcher's freezer. 

The screaming memes reacting to Mando's placement in the opening scene were to be expected, and users including @delltreasure (opens in new tab) and @SeagoatTEX (opens in new tab) delivered.

And, yes, he's got the Darksaber too. So this isn't a flashback. Though, one of our staffers called this episode a bit of filler. Others, declare that today is actually the unofficial start of The Mandalorian season 3:

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Fans are also pouring a pint out for Temeura Morrison/Boba Fett, who's possibly feeling a bit neglected right now, as @Calebnavarette (opens in new tab) expressed with this meme of Willem Dafoe's demeanor turning sour.

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The glee continued as @Pacifist_Elk (opens in new tab) noted the obvious sidecar-like bubble pod for Grogu in Mando's N1 Starfighter. Yes, it is a "a perfect little Grogu-sized compartment," and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Though, let's be honest, this gives the N1 a target for the truly heinous in the galaxy who would dare target the smallest and cutest member of the Star Wars world. 

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How does The Book of Boba Fett finish properly?

Before The Book of Boba Fett aired, it was jokingly referred to as Mandalorian season 2.5, and this return (and reaction) makes that thought seem all too prescient.

Hopefully, though, we'll get a decent ending for this season, as Fett's quest for power in Mos Espa has been a fairly plodding affair. He'll have to do it without Mando, though.

Hopefully, the ending of The Book of Boba Fett will have some dramatic and emotional resonance that makes the series feel like it was worth watching.

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.