Episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett reintroduced plenty of Star Wars characters that we have seen in the past. One such character is Timothy Olyphant’s Cobb Vanth, who was introduced back in season 2 of The Mandalorian. Now, in the latter portion of this episode, Vanth was seen in a western-style shootout with the dangerous bounty hunter Cad Bane, who won the gunfight. So, is Cobb Vanth really dead in The Book of Boba Fett?
Cobb Vanth is most likely alive. In the standoff against Cad Bane, he got shot in the shoulder because the bounty hunter needed to react quickly to Vanth’s deputy, who was about to shoot as well. And we saw the people of Freetown huddling over to Vanth, with one of them telling the others to get him inside.
People were legitimately worried when they saw Vanth getting shot by Bane in their standoff. However, the showrunners might not be too keen about taking him out of the story after they had just brought him back. There is a good reason to believe that Cobb Vanth survived the shot from Cad Bane, given that he wasn’t hit at a vital spot.
What Happened To Cobb Vanth In Episode 6 Of The Book Of Boba Fett?
It isn’t rare for Lucasfilm to introduce new characters played by notable actors into the Star Wars universe through The Mandalorian and its spin-off, The Book of Boba Fett. One such character was Timothy Olyphant’s Cobb Vanth, who was introduced back in season 2 of The Mandalorian as a marshal keeping the peace in the small town of Most Pelgo, now called Freetown, on Tatooine.
After appearing in several episodes in The Mandalorian because Din Djarin wanted to recover the Mandalorian armor (which belonged to Boba Fett) he was using because he wasn’t a Mandalorian, he made his re-appearance in The Book of Boba Fett episode 6.
In episode 6, Cobb Vanth was first seen confronting a group of Pykes who were smuggling spice within the territory of Mos Pelgo. When the Pykes were willing to listen to Vanth, the lawman quickly shot all but one of them. He told the Pyke that he spared that Mos Pelgo should be kept out of their business because they didn’t want spice in their town.
Meanwhile. the episode shifted its focus to Din Djarin, who was now ready to meet up with the rest of Boba Fett’s crew after visiting the planet where Luke was training Grogu. In that scene, Fennec Shand was briefing the crew and told them that they needed foot soldiers. Djarin remarked that he believed he knew where to find those foot soldiers.
Din Djarin traveled all the way to Mos Pelgo to meet up with Cobb Vanth in a bar. He told Vanth that he wanted the people of Mos Pelgo to join the fight because he knew that the Pykes would soon take over the entire planet after taking over Mos Espa and the other bigger cities on Tatooine. And considering that Djarin has experience working with the people of Mos Pelgo, he knows that they are capable fighters.
The bartender was quick to tell Din Djarin that the town was now called Freetown instead of Mos Pelgo. He also told the Mandalorian that the people of Freetown didn’t want anything to do with the conflicts of the city people because all they wanted was peace, which they already had after they slew the Greater Krayt Dragon in the events of season 2 of The Mandalorian.
Din Djarin was still relentless in his pursuit of convincing the marshal by telling Cobb Vanth that he didn’t think he was someone who would back down from bullies. The marshal, who saw how sincere Djarin was, told him that he would see what he could do. This led to him telling the bartender to get the townspeople ready to fight.
But as soon as Din Djarin left the town, a mysterious figure started walking from the desert into the town. Shrouded by the desert sand, this mysterious figure seemed dangerous enough to prompt Vanth to tell everyone to get inside. As soon as the mysterious man was within the premises, it became clear that this was the bounty hunter named Cad Bane, who was responsible for putting the Jedi on their heels during the Clone Wars and was one of Boba Fett’s mentors.
Cad Bane told Cobb Vanth to keep out of the Pykes’ business while telling him that they were willing to double the offer that Boba Fett was going to pay them. When Vanth declined the offer, it became clear that there was going to be a standoff.
While anticipating each other’s next move, Cobb Vanth saw that his deputy was out there looking to join the fray by preparing to shoot as well. Concerned about his deputy, Vanth wasn’t too focused on Cad Bane. This led to Bane winning the standoff and shooting both Vanth and his deputy in the process.
Did Cobb Vanth Really Die In The Book Of Boba Fett?
While it was clear that Cobb Vanth lost the western-style standoff to the cowboy outlaw-dressed Cad Bane, what wasn’t clear was whether or not he died in that battle. So, did Cobb Vanth really die in The Book of Boba Fett?
Not a lot of people realized that Cobb Vanth was not shot on a vital part of his body. Instead, Cad Bane shot him on the shoulder, which should have left him gravely injured but not to the point that he would immediately die if treated properly.
After he got shot, the townsfolk led by the bartender immediately huddled over to his body to get him inside so that they could treat his wound. That means that they know that Cobb Vanth was still alive and could still be saved if his wound got treated right away.
As good of a shot as Cad Bane is, probably the only reason why he shot Cobb Vanth on the shoulder is that he was concerned about the deputy. He probably didn’t have enough time to shoot Vanth on a vital spot so that he could react quickly to the deputy.
So, while Cobb Vanth might have possibly survived the standoff with Cad Bane, the deputy surely didn’t because he was shot multiple times on vital spots after he tried to interfere with a one-on-one fight between two experienced shooters.
Will We See More Of Cobb Vanth?
After Cobb Vanth was shot, the townspeople quickly came over to his aid. As Cad Bane was walking away from the town, the bartender, who didn’t want anything to do with the war with the Pykes, had a look of anger on his face.
If anything, that look of anger on the bartender’s face means that he and the rest of the people of Freetown now had a reason to get involved with the battle against the Pyke syndicate. Of course, considering that Cobb Vanth is their leader, there is a good chance that he survived his wound and is going to lead the people of Freetown into battle.
Considering that the townsfolk were quick to come to his aid and called for medpacs and a doctor to treat Vanth, we might see him recovering in a few days so that he could join the battle against the Pykes.
As such, it shouldn’t be a stretch to see Cobb Vanth quickly recovering from his blaster wound and taking the people of Freetown to Mos Espa to join Boba Fett’s army. This means that Cobb Vanth fans shouldn’t be too worried about him because he most likely survived that encounter with one of the deadliest bounty hunters.