‘The Book of Boba Fett’: Who is Black Krrsantan?

Continuing with The Mandalorian‘s season 2 tradition of bringing into live-action Star Wars characters first introduced in another medium, The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 2 brought us the Wookie bounty hunter Black Krrsantan. Unlike Bo-Katan, Cobb Vanth, and Ahsoka Tano who either made their first appearances in animated form or in a novel, Black Krrsantan was first introduced in a comic book, 2015’s Darth Vader #1, back when Marvel Comics relaunched its Star Wars line.

It was there that Vader, doubting the Emperor’s true intentions following the events of A New Hope, requested that Jabba The Hut loaned him his two most reliable bounty hunters so that he could use them to conduct two separate investigations, without the Emperor’s knowledge. The two names brought forward were none other than Black Krrsantan and Boba Fett. While Fett was tasked with tracking down the rebel pilot responsible for the destruction of the Death Star, Black Krrsantan is ordered to find and capture an agent of the Emperor himself.

Throughout his comic book appearances, he crossed paths with a number of legacy characters besides Fett, including Ben Kenobi on the sands of Tatooine. At one time, tasked with the mission to capture Luke, he even crashed into the Millenium Falcon which lead to him meeting up with Han Solo, C-3PO, R2-D2, and eventually even fighting Chewbacca. But what eventually turned out to be one of his most meaningful connections to another character was his relationship with human female archaeologist Chelli Aphra, a.k.a. Doctor Aphra. 

Aphra was also recruited by Darth Vader after the Battle of Yavin, unlike Black Krrsantan, perhaps due to her strong(er) moral compass, soon found herself running from the Sith Lord following his attempt to end her life after she was no longer of use. Black Krrsantan played an important role in all of this since it was him that managed to save Aphra only because she owed him money and letting her die was, simply put, a bad investment. He then stayed with her for a while, expecting her to comply with his demands and pay her due.

All through his chronicled adventures, Black Krrsantan has always presented himself as a ruthless and fierce warrior, and with his live-action debut apparently putting him up against the mighty Boba Fett, his former partner in crime, we are perhaps due a fight for the ages. If his presence in The Book of Boba Fett may open the door to a few other live-action character introductions, that remains to be seen. But even if Doctor Aphra might be seen as a long shot, characters like Triple-Zero and BT-1 who also have a history with the Wookie gladiator would also be extremely welcomed additions to live-action Star Wars.

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