Episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett was a smorgasbord of different characters because of how there were plenty of personalities reintroduced to the Star Wars continuity. One of the more intriguing additions to the series was Cad Bane, a bounty hunter that once mentored Boba Fett during the Clone Wars. But, considering that the Clone Wars was already three decades prior to the events of The Book of Boba Fett, how old would Cad Bane be in the present continuity?
Cad Bane is actually 71 years old. Yes, that seems like quite an advanced age, especially if you look at it in human years. But we promise that we have a good explanation as to why Cad Bane is that old.
It is interesting to note that, during the Clone Wars, Cade Bane was already a veteran bounty hunter that once learned under Jango Fett, who we know is Boba’s father. In fact, it is also a good idea to note that Cad Bane was actually born on 62 BBY in the Star Wars timeline. Meanwhile, the Clone Wars happened from 22 BBY to 19 BBY.
And you need to look at the BBY as “before the battle of Yavin,” and that means you need to count the date backward, similar to how we would count BC in our current date format. So, during the start of the Clone Wars, Cad Bane was actually already 40 years old because 62 – 22 is 40. He was probably introduced in Star Wars Clone Wars as a 40-year-old bounty hunter.
Meanwhile, during the end of the Clone Wars, Cad Bane was already somewhere around 43 years old because the Clone Wars lasted for three years. That was Cad Bane’s age prior to his reintroduction into the Star Wars continuity during the events of The Book of Boba Fett, which belongs to what we affectionately call the era of The Mandalorian.
Now, it is necessary to do the math here to determine Cad Bane’s current age in The Book of Boba Fett. In case you didn’t know, the Battle of Yavin is one of the biggest moments in Star Wars history because that was when the Rebellion was able to truly get back at the Empire after nearly two decades of tyranny from the Sith and Darth Vader.
That is why the New Republic counts the Battle of Yavin as the turning point in galactic history, which is why ABY or After the Battle of Yavin is used as the new date format in the events that followed the destruction of the first Death Star in the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
Meanwhile, Star Wars Episode V: The Return of the Jedi happened during 4 ABY, which makes it 23 years after the end of the Clone Wars and the rise of the Empire. And the events surrounding The Book of Boba Fett happened during 9 ABY, which means that both that show and The Mandalorian happened five years after the fall of the Empire.
So, going back to our point, considering that Cad Bane was 43 years old at the end of the Clone Wars and that the events of The Book of Boba Fett happened 28 years later, this means that he should be right around 71 years old when he was reintroduced.
Now, the reason why he might still be active as a bounty hunter and doesn’t look like he’s a day over 30 is the fact that different species in the Star Wars galaxy age differently. We know for a fact that Yoda’s species can live for centuries, given that he died at the age of 900. Meanwhile, Admiral Ackbar, who was already old when we saw him in the original trilogy, was present during the third trilogy, which happened 30 years after the fall of the Empire.
In other words, Cad Bane’s Duros species might age a lot slower than humans do, and that is why he looks like he’s still at his prime during the events of The Book of Boba Fett. At 71 years old, he was still quick enough to defeat not only Cobb Vanth but also his deputy in an old-fashion western showdown.