If you’ve seen episode 2 of The Book Of Boba Fett, you’re probably curious about all the major character introductions made this week.
First off, we have the mayor of Mos Espa. His name is Mok Shaiz, and he’s an Ithorian—an alien species we’ve glimpsed, but not really learned much about in the movies.
Then there are the Hutt twins—referred to as The Twins—a brother and sister from Nal Hutta who have arrived in Tatooine to lay claim to their cousin Jabba’s throne.
The grotesque—and more than a bit incestuous looking—twins didn’t bring a ton of muscle with them to “negotiate” with Boba Fett, but the muscle they did bring is quite striking: A massive, one-eyed Wookie with black (but greying) fur and a very big gun.
So who is this distant relative to Chewbacca and has he showed up in any other Star Wars stories before The Book Of Boba Fett?
The Wookie gladiator/bounty hunter is named Black Krrsantan and he’s already an important part of Star Wars lore.
Krrsantan is no stranger to Tatooine, either. He showed up in the Star Wars comic books in 2015, hired by Jabba the Hutt to take down Obi-Wan Kenobi who was hiding out on the desert planet at the time. The Jedi was put to the test when Black Krrsantan found him, too.
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The Wookie was first able to shrug off Obi-Wan’s Jedi mind tricks, then almost killed Kenobi by way of chokehold. The Wookie’s missing eye is Obi-Wan’s handiwork.
Black Krrsantan has been hired by other notable figures such as Darth Vader and Doctor Aphra, another Star Wars comic book character. He’s even crossed paths with Han Solo and, naturally, Boba Fett himself.
Krrsantan is a loner, a gladiator and a bounty hunter who left the Wookie home world of Kashyyyk in disgrace—though what prompted his exile remains a mystery. A formidable and dangerous enemy, he’s bad news for Boba Fett’s quest to become Daimyo.
The dangerous new Wookie could very easily serve as a narrative bridge between The Book Of Boba Fett and the upcoming Obi-Wan Disney Plus show as well, and could even show up in The Mandalorian.
I really enjoyed Episode 2 of The Book of Boba Fett a lot more than Episode 1. In many ways, it was every bit as awesome as The Mandalorian, though perhaps not ever quite as adorable. I’ll have my recap/review up shortly.