For previous Star Wars shows like The Mandalorian, all of the trailers and TV spots have only shown footage from the first half or so of the season, leaving plenty of surprises for the latter half of the series.
We have assumed that’s also the case with The Book of Boba Fett, especially since so much of the footage has revolved around the same scenes. We were correct in thinking that a lot of the later footage was being held back, but it seems we didn’t realize just how much; according to showrunner Robert Rodriguez, we’ve actually only really seen footage from the first half of the first episode of the season.
The Hollywood Reporter says that, “The producers have only revealed footage from the seven-episode season’s opening minutes,” then quoting Rodriguez as saying, “We can’t use the second half of the first episode because it gives so much away.”
That’s pretty remarkable. It means that everything we’ve seen so far – from the showdown on Tatooine with the Ithorian and his forces to the meeting in Jabba’s throne room to the presumed flashbacks to Boba suiting up – are all from early in the first episode. Of course, it’s easy to be. a bit skeptical about this, given just how much would be crammed into the first half of the episode, but regardless, I think we can draw the general point that we don’t even have an idea about how the first episode will go, much less the series. Rodriguez and Dave Filoni have both teased surprises in store, with Rodriguez saying that there are big surprises in every episode. Which, of course, would include the first one.
This gets me even more excited to see the show when it premieres in less than two weeks, because it suggests that we know even less than we thought we did. We know only the very beginning, and it sounds like there are plenty of twists and turns that lie ahead. We haven’t seen much from the series, but the payoff. will come over the next couple of months as we get to go into these episodes blind, not knowing what is about to happen. I love it.