The book about Boba Fett’s black chrysanthemum explained: Why this fearsome wookiee is a big deal for Star Wars

Warning: this article contains spoilers for The Book of Boba Fat episode 2! If you have not already done so, be sure to check it out IGN’s review of “The Tribes of Tatooine.”

The Book of Boba Fett may feature the most iconic bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe, but he’s not the only one who craves a big payday. The second episode of the series introduces another fearsome hunter who may be familiar to fans of Marvel’s Star Wars comics. The Wookiee gladiator known as Black Krrsantan, Fett’s former colleague, has made his live-action debut.

Who is Black Krrsantan, and why does this cameo suggest the long-awaited debut of another fan-favorite Star Wars icon? Let’s explore the bloody history of this scary Wookiee enforcer.

Who is Black Krrsantan?

Wookiees tend to be portrayed as heroes in the Star Wars saga. Not only is Chewbacca the unsung MVP of both the insurgency and the resistance movement, but the Wookiee people helped the Jedi win a decisive victory against the separatists before they were betrayed and sold into imperial slavery.

However, not all Wookiee are cut from the precious fabric. Black Krrsantan is goosebumps. This towering, black-furred Wookiee cares about little more than lining his pockets and honing his fearsome fighting skills. He is one of the few bounty hunters whose results can be compared to Boba Fetts. Even Jabba the Hutt once considered Fett and Kyrrsantan to be his two best agents.

Although this episode does not make it explicit, Fett and Krrsantan have a story together. You may have noticed a look of recognition on Fett’s face during their brief glance. He’s probably not that excited about seeing his former colleague on the enemy’s team.

Art by Salvador Larroca.  (Image credit: Marvel / Lucasfilm)

Art by Salvador Larroca. (Image credit: Marvel / Lucasfilm)

Black Krrsantan’s Star Wars Story

Black Krrsantan has been a recurring character in several of Marvel’s ongoing Star Wars comics since his initial debut in 2015’s Star Wars: Darth Vader # 1. At that time, Krrsantan and Fett were hired by Vader himself to work separate but related missions. While Fett tracked down the rebel pilot who blew up the Death Star, Krrsantan was ordered to chase Cylo, a cybernetic agent of Emperor Palatine.

Subsequent comics have further deepened Krrsantan’s story and revealed that he was banished from Kashyyyk and honed his fighting skills in the Xonti brothers’ gladiatorial graves. When she came out of the graves and joined Jabba’s court, Krrsantan was already a legend in the criminal underworld.

Krrsantan has also met a number of well-known Star Wars heroes over the years. For example, he once fought Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine, though he ended up suffering a humiliating defeat and earned the ugly facial scar that sets him apart from other Wookiees. He even briefly battled with Han Solo and Chewbacca in Star Wars: Vader Down crossover. Neither of Wookiee came out as the clear winner in that fight, so we would not be surprised if the two have a rematch at some point later.

Art by Mike Mayhew.  (Image credit: Marvel / Lucasfilm)

Art by Mike Mayhew. (Image credit: Marvel / Lucasfilm)

Black Krrsantan and Doctor Aphra

Krrsantan, however, is perhaps best known at this time as the frequent partner of the junk archaeologist Doctor Chelli Aphra. Aphra was also introduced on the pages of Star Wars: Darth Vader before spinning out in her own ongoing comic book series.

Aphra is among the most popular and unusual Star Wars characters to appear outside of the movies and TV series. She is basically the closest that the franchise gets to an Indiana Jones figure, though she is far more amoral and self-serving in her archeological exploits. She is also one of the few people in the galaxy who can boast of standing up to Darth Vader and living to tell the story (not that he has not tried to correct that mistake).

It would be a stretch to call Krrsantan Aphra’s friend, but he has served as her bodyguard on several dangerous missions. He’s happy to keep going as long as her money is still good, despite her annoying habit of tarnishing him with cute nicknames like “Black K” and “Santy”. To be fair, Shyriiwook is a pretty difficult language for people to speak.

Art by Kev Walker.  (Image credit: Marvel / Lucasfilm)

Art by Kev Walker. (Image credit: Marvel / Lucasfilm)

Will Dr. Aphra appear in Boba Fett’s book?

It remains to be seen what role Black Krrsantan will play in future episodes of The Book of Boba Fett, though it looks like he and his former colleague will fight for it before the end of the season. But more importantly, if this Marvel pill has taken the plunge into live-action, can Doctor Aphra be far behind?

It’s not as if Black Krrsantan’s surprising appearance is the first time a Disney + series has recorded a character from the Star Wars books for live action. The Mandalorian: Season 2 featured Timothy Olyphant as Cobb Vanth, a character who has previously appeared in the Star Wars: Aftermath novels.

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Black Krrsantan can serve as the Book of Boba Fett’s Gate to Doctor Aphra. Aphra could be introduced as a supporting role in this series before spinning out in her own Disney + project, just as The Mandalorian set the stage for Star Wars: Ahsoka. As much as Fett insists he is no longer a bounty hunter, he may be the only one with the abilities to help Aphra find her latest prize.

And if Aphra shows up, it could open the door to even more Star Wars cartoon favorites. What about Sana Starros, the woman who made waves by introducing herself as Han Solos’ alienated wife? Or what about Aphra’s treacherous droids, Triple-Zero and Bee Tee? This fearsome Wookiee may be a sign of things to come as these Disney + shows create more connections to the various novels and comics of the Disney era.

For more on the future of the Star Wars franchise, find out what to expect from Star Wars in 2022 and see the first details of the Quantic Dreams game Star Wars Eclipse.

Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual scrub by follows @jschedeen on Twitter.

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