UPDATE: Slashfilms has shared more news today from unnamed sources on Timothy Olyphant‘s character for season 2 of The Mandalorian. Olyphant will be portraying Cobb Vanth and has been seen wearing Boba Fett’s Mandalorian armor. Vanth is the sheriff of Freetown on the planet of Tatooine. The Mandalorian armor he wears was acquired from Jawas. But where did they get it? The wreckage of Jabba the Hutt’s barge of course!
Vanth has yet to appear in the franchise films and tv shows but does play a role in the Aftermath books. From those we know that he is a human male who grew up as a slave. Now he protects Freetown and his people from the crime syndicates that are trying to take over the now Jabba the Hutt-less landscape. It is still unknown what role Vanth will play in the story going forward.
One speculation that is going around is that we have already seen, or partially seen, Vanth. In the final scene of season one’s episode “Gunslinger”, we see a man walk up to Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) after she is left stranded in the desert for dead. Who is this man? We never found out. It could be Vanth who would have known about the bounty. He could also have been just patrolling the area when he found her. Hopefully, if it was him then there is a possibility that Shand might have been saved.
Lucasfilms and Disney may have been trying to keep the second season of The Mandalorian under wraps but it’s not working. The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision reported from several sources that Timothy Olyphant will be among the cast for season two. Both Disney and Lucasfilms have declined to comment. This news comes only a few days after we learned that Katee Sackhoff will be reprising her role as Bo-Katan. Heat Vision did not have any other information surrounding Olyphant’s potential character for The Mandalorian.
It will be interesting to see where exactly he will fit into the show along with the other actors and actresses announced. I would just like to throw in that he makes a terrific bad guy. We do have an idea that at least one plotline will follow the Darksaber. It appears in the hands of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) at the end of season one. Then we learn that Bo-Katan, it’s the previous owner, will appear in season two. How it passes from one to the other could be a major plotline.
Thankfully they finished filming season two before the COVID-19 shutdown. It is still slated to release on Disney Plus in October 2020. If you haven’t caught season one of this Star Wars spin-off, we highly suggest using this time at home to do so! Let us know in the comments below and on social media what role you think Olyphant should play!
Update was posted 5/19/20