This Boba Fett / Owen Lars Theory Just Might Have Legs….
So I stumbled upon this theory while researching another Star Wars story and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. It goes like this…
At the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope, Darth Vader is in hot pursuit of the Rebel Blockade Runner trying to get his hands on the Death Star Plans.
Because we know Vader hires bounty hunters, it’s pretty safe to assume that, prior to the plans being beamed to Princess Leia, bounty hunters had already been hired to help track down the original Rebel spies.
It’s very clear in the The Empire Strikes Back that Vader and Boba Fett already had a working relationship so it’s reasonable to assume that Boba Fett was in on the game to help retrieve the plans.
As it turns out, Boba Fett was on Tatooine. At the end of the day, Boba Fett is a business man and his two biggest accounts are probably the Empire and the Jabba the Hutt criminal organization. If you’re in the neighborhood for one, why not ring the other to see if you can pick up another gig?
It’s important to remember that the Stormtroopers weren’t blasting their way through Tattooine until they were trying to stop Han Solo from escaping with their prize. They were asking questions, setting up checkpoints and knocking on doors searching for the droids. They even bypassed a locked door in Mos Eisley without causing further incident.
When it came to individual prisoners or persons of interest, instead of wholesale destruction, Vader himself seemed to prefer interrogation and….
…torture! Despite the fact that Han Solo, probably a famous Rebel at this point, had just tried to kill him, Vader sadistically opted to make him suffer.
In fact, the only time we see Vader kill a Rebel is at the end of a tortuous interrogation session. I think we all know Vader had probably killed a lot of Rebels in his lifetime but there was a definite method to his madness when he was intent on accomplishing something.
So why would the Stormtroopers have killed the Jawas and later Owen and Beru? Both parties obviously had the droids at one point. The Stormtroopers had the means to imprison them plus their boss, Lord Vader, obviously liked to interrogate prisoners, especially the important ones. Why kill the witnesses without extracting more information? The Death Star plans had been in their hands for goodness sake and Vader, most certainly, would have wanted to know if they had any contacts within the Rebellion.
It seems as though someone didn’t want the Jawas or the Lars family to talk to anyone else and a good motive for that is when money, a lot of money, is on the line. This someone was on a timetable, didn’t have the means to imprison and didn’t want any other bounty hunters to come knocking.
And, as it turned out, Garindan, a spy /bounty hunter, did come knocking and beat Fett to the punch leading the Imperials right to the stolen plans. This proves there were others besides the Imperials hunting for the droids.
Any how, the result of Fett trying to cover his bases was a dead Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru.
In fact, not just dead but totally incinerated. In fact, you could say they were disintegrated. Wait a minute…
During The Empire Strikes Back, Vader told Boba Fett “…I want them alive. No disintegrations.” He makes this point very obvious to Fett thus indicating he had a similar problem in the past with him. Are there examples of disintegrations in the Star Wars films? Only two: the Jawas and the Lars family.
Darth Vader may have left the Lars family alone purposefully. If he had harbored any ill will towards them, he no doubt would have acted upon it. After all, Cliegg Lars, Owen’s dad, did free Shmi Skywalker from slavery. It was obvious the family had loved her. Obi-Wan and Yoda, in their infinite wisdom, must have taken that into account when deciding for a safe haven for Luke, and that Vader, unwilling to face his past, would stay away from Tattooine thereby hiding his son in plain sight.
Writing all of that out, I think I just convinced myself. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section of Facebook!