Since his arrival in The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett has been one of the most popular characters in all of Star Wars. The bounty hunter is an immediate badass, and one of the reasons is the mystery and intrigue surrounding his character.
That, in turn, partially comes from his relationship with Darth Vader. During their first meeting in the movie, when Vader is tasking the bounty hunters with finding the Millennium Falcon, the Sith Lord warns Fett "No disintegrations."
There's no explanation offered, and while fans have wondered about it, it was something perhaps better left unsaid. It added to the mystery of the character, and suggested he was far more dangerous than we see in the films. Of course, nothing can go unexplained these days, and a new Star Wars book reveals just what Vader was on about.
Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View is a telling of the original movie from a number of different background characters, one of whom is Boba Fett (who gets in on a technicality, having been added by George Lucas for the Special Edition). The passage goes (via Screen Rant):
“He’s [Vader] still got a mad on over those rebel spies I crisped on Coruscant. Idiots came at me with ion disruptors. What, they thought I wouldn’t carry a weapon accelerator? Flash, boom, three tiny ash piles. Tried to collect and Lord ‘No Disintegrations!’ refused to pay without bodies. My word’s not good enough, apparently. Reckoned I’d make up the loss by finding his droids and holding out for twice the reward.”
The explanation himself, that it was merely some random rebels, isn't wholly satisfying nor much beyond what viewers could've pieced together anyway, although worse is that Boba Fett - one of the most badass men in the galaxy - uses the term "got a mad on" and generally sounds like a drunken trucker. At least Jon Hamm is voicing him in the audio book, so it should sound a lot cooler then.
Are you happy with this explanation, or would you have preferred it left unsaid? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.