Cobb Vanth has arrived in The Mandalorian but has the character been in Star Wars before? Let’s explore the season 2 addition’s history.

Of the few saving graces in 2020, it has to be said that it’s still been a particularly good year for TV enthusiasts.

From the revival of Unsolved Mysteries to the subversive superhero thrills of The Boys season 2, there have been many gripping and deliriously entertaining titles to reach the small screen.

However, Star Wars have all been waiting for one thing…

The Mandalorian season 2, of course!

Created by Jon Favreau, the series arrived on Disney+ back in November 2019 and its approach was celebrated by both hardcore and casual fans of the franchise.

Hopes swiftly turned to a second season, of which premiered with ‘Chapter 9: The Marshal’ on Friday, October 30th 2020.

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Invited back to reacquaint themselves with this exciting world, audiences have also been introduced to a new character in the series…

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Cobb Vanth in The Mandalorian

Timothy Olyphant (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) stars in The Mandalorian as Cobb Vanth.

Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) tracks a Mandalorian to Tatooine but it’s revealed that he’s not of his kind; rather, he’s simply wearing Mandalorian armour.

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Has he been in Star Wars before?

  • Yes, Cobb Vanth has appeared in Star Wars’ official canon before. He featured in Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath book series.

As highlighted by Star Wars Fandom, he first appeared in 2015’s Aftermath, which was set between Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.

As noted by the Radio Times, the book series picks up after the fall of the Empire and explores how Vanth acquired Boba Fett’s Mandalorian armour. He subsequently uses it to free and protect the mining settlement of Mos Pelgo.

The previous source adds that Vanth’s character is explored more thoroughly in the sequels, as he takes on the Red Key Raiders and becomes mayor of Freetown.

While Vanth’s story of how he got the armour in The Mandalorian differs to the book, it’s possible that the character simply wished to paint a clearer picture rather than go into too much detail.

There are some more noticeable differences between Vanth’s depiction in the series compared to the books. He is rather uncertain when it comes to the Tusken Raiders in The Mandalorian and doesn’t exactly take too kindly to them. Yet, in the books he cut a deal with them prior to the time setting of The Mandalorian, Radio Times notes.

On the whole, it’s worth summarising that Vanth protected Freetown for years before Din Djarin arrived, which was roughly four years after the Aftermath novels concluded.

Fans praise the addition on Twitter

A number of fans have flocked to Twitter to talk about Timothy Olyphant and Cobb Vanth.

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