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Why Anchorhead In The Book Of Boba Fett Means More Than You Think

Contains spoilers for "The Book of Boba Fett" Chapter 1

After spending decades as the most mysterious bounty hunter in the galaxy far, far away, Boba Fett is finally at the center of his own "Star Wars" series. Disney+'s "The Book of Boba Fett" aims to round out the beloved character's story in a more fulfilling and complete manner — from his daring escape from the Sarlacc pit to his subsequent takeover of the criminal underworld.

"The Book of Boba Fett" is the series "Star Wars" fans have wanted for decades, which just goes to show how much of an impact the helmet-sporting enigma has made on pop culture. That's nothing to scoff at, especially considering the fact he had minimal screen time and dialog until very recently. That said, who doesn't love a morally complex antihero who operates in the complicated gray area between good and evil?

Of course, "The Book of Boba Fett" doesn't just focus on the hero at the heart of the action. The show is littered with Easter eggs referencing the wider "Star Wars" lore, some of which have arguably been overlooked. This includes the settlement of Anchorhead, which is referenced in the first episode of the new Disney+ series.

Anchorhead has long history in Star Wars canon

The opening episode of "The Book of Boba Fett" is a tale of survival that sees our hero forced to fight for his life on more than one occasion. However, things really turn stressful for the bounty hunter when he gets left for dead in a sandstorm, only to end up encountering a vicious monster. All he wanted to do was reach Anchorhead and plot an escape off-world, like many outsiders before him. It's a passing reference, but one that should ring a lot of bells for "Star Wars" fans.

Anchorhead was first referenced in "Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope," though it's been more prominently featured in the franchise's myriad video games. Located near the hive of scum and villainy known as Mos Eisley, Anchorhead was once a thriving mining colony that lost prestige due to operations constantly shutting down. Over time, it became associated with moisture farmers.

However, Anchorhead has also been a useful location for those who don't exactly abide by the law. During the days of the Old Republic, the settlement was a hive for smugglers and other miscreants. By the time of the Galactic Empire, the area contained a training base for Rebel Alliance fighters and sympathy for their cause among its denizens. In the video game "Star Wars Galaxies," it's noted that Anchorhead is one of the only towns around in which people who supported the Rebels' cause could walk around freely and criticize imperial rule (per Wookiepedia).

Will we get a better look at this fabled location later in Season 1? Anything's possible.