Episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett treated us to plenty of cameo appearances, from characters that were introduced in The Mandalorian to familiar faces that we have seen in past Star Wars movies and shows. Near the end of the episode, another familiar face came to give a warning to Cobb Vanth, who works as the marshal of Freetown, formerly called Mos Pelgo. So, who was this blue guy in episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett?
The blue guy at the end of The Book of Boba Fett episode 6 is Cad Bane, a Duros bounty hunter who was first introduced in Star Wars: Clone Wars. Bane worked as a hired gun for the Separatists and the Hutts on separate occasions and even clashed with the Jedi. He also mentored a young Boba Fett.
Cad Bane was one of the most interesting and popular characters introduced in Clone Wars because of his overall demeanor as a character. He is cool, calm, and quite capable as a bounty hunter to the point that he gave trouble to the Jedi. Of course, not a lot of people are familiar with Cad Bane because they haven’t seen Clone Wars. As such, we are here to talk more about this familiar face.
Who Is Cad Bane?
The Star Wars galaxy has seen its fair share of interesting characters that may not be a part of either the light or the dark factions of the main story but are still quite popular. Of course, it is necessary to point out that Star Wars is not only about the Jedi and the Sith because there are a lot of different side stories in such a huge galaxy. And these side stories include some of the most popular characters ever introduced.
Of course, The Book of Boba Fett is one of the Star Wars shows that tend to introduce plenty of different characters that are either new or were already introduced in different Star Wars media such as animated shows and comics. Episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett gave us a host of different characters that made cameo appearances, such as Luke Skywalker, Grogu, Ahsoka Tano, and Cobb Vanth.
Speaking of Cobb Vanth, one of the scenes in the final part of episode 6 involved the lawman. The marshal of Mos Pelgo, which is now called Freetown, met up with Din Djarin because the Mandalorian wanted to hire the people of the town as foot soldiers for Boba Fett in the coming war against the Pyke syndicate.
After Djarin had left Freetown, Vanth noticed a shrouded figure walking from the sands of the desert towards his town. As Vanth was telling his townspeople to stay inside because he sensed something wrong about this person, the sands slowly revealed a blue-skinned and red-eyed man wearing a western cowboy hat and coat. So, who is this blue man?
The blue man that was introduced or reintroduced to Star Wars fans in episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett is Cad Bane. Only those who have seen Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars: The Bad Batch would be familiar with this character.
Cad Bane is a bounty hunter that was first introduced in Star Wars: Clone Wars as a recurring character. Due to his line of work as a bounty hunter, Bane was often at odds with the Jedi, as he worked for shady figures such as the Hutts, the Separatists, and even the Sith on several occasions.
During the time of the Clone Wars, Cad Bane was known throughout the entire galaxy as the greatest after Jango Fett was killed at the hands of Jedi Master Mace Windu during Episode II: Attack of the Clones. And during the events of the Clone Wars, he also met up with a young Boba Fett, who became his new protégé.
So, in a sense, there is a history between Cad Bane and Boba Fett, as he was quite familiar with his history when he told Cobb Vanth that Fett is an evil man that once worked with the Empire. Of course, we all know the circumstances of his employment under the Empire.
What Is He Doing In The Book Of Boba Fett?
For those who are wondering why Cad Bane is in The Book of Boba Fett, it is interesting to note that he seems to be there as the main rival for Boba Fett himself, considering that he does have a past with the legendary bounty hunter.
In the final scenes of episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett, Cad Bane warned Cobb Vanth about not working for Boba Fett because of his history with the Empire. The people of Freetown are honorable townsfolk that love peace more than anything, and knowing that they could be working with a man that once worked with the Empire might change their minds.
Of course, Cad Bane also told Vanth that he was willing to offer twice what Boba Fett was offering him so that they would stay out of the war. But, of course, Cobb Vanth rejected the offer and ended up in a showdown with one of the greatest bounty hunters of all time. Vanth, whose deputy got killed in the conflict, lost the western-style shootout and got wounded in the process.
Who Does Cad Bane Work For?
The one thing that Cad Bane’s appearance made obvious was that he was working with the Pyke syndicate because he told Cobb Vanth that the Pykes were willing to double the offer that Fett was willing to pay them.
It was also hinted when he said that spice was there to stay in Tatooine, regardless of what Cobb Vanth thought about it. Of course, at the start of the episode, Cobb Vanth killed a few Pykes that were carrying spice through the territory of Freetown. We also saw that he kicked the spice chest into the sand as he showed us what he thought about spice.
In that regard, Cad Bane was not only there to warn Cobb Vanth about his possible involvement with Boba Fett but also to show that the Pykes meant business, especially after what the martial did to them at the start of the episode.
What Happened To Cad Bane?
As mentioned, Cad Bane was one of the recurring characters in Star Wars: Clone Wars. During his time in the show, he was seen in conflicts with the Jedi because of his job as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy.
However, even though he may have been a fixture in Clone Wars and was also in The Bad Batch, which took place during and shortly after the Clone Wars, Cad Bane was never seen after that. This led to the speculation that he may have died at one point during the Clone Wars. And this is where it gets interesting.
In 2017, it was revealed that Cad Bane and Boba Fett had a duel. Fett may have been Bane’s student at the time of the Clone Wars, but they had a fallout when the older bounty hunter took hostages and used them as a bargaining chip. Boba Fett tried to reason with him to release the hostages, and this led to a duel between the two bounty hunters.
The duel that Bane and Fett had was similar to the one we saw between Bane and Vanth in episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett. Both of them shot their blasters at the same time, and this led to them getting injured, as we saw Boba Fett lying down on the sand with a blaster hole on his helmet.
Of course, we all know that Boba Fett survived that battle because he is alive and kicking today. But there were questions regarding the fate of Cad Bane, as many people began wondering if he died in that duel.
There were suggestions in the official canon that this duel never happened because of the fact that this episode was unfinished and was never officially aired. That’s why not a lot of people know what happened between Cad Bane and Boba Fett.
However, Cad Bane’s appearance in The Book of Boba Fett confirms that he survived the Clone Wars. Moreover, there were also indications that point to the possibility that the duel might have actually happened and that it is a canon event in Star Wars. Of course, while the episode of the duel was never aired, we might see a live-action version of that duel in The Book of Boba Fett through flashbacks.
Why Does Cad Bane Have A Metal Plate?
We said that there are indications that Cad Bane had indeed dueled Boba Fett, despite the fact that the battle never happened in the official star wars canon due to how the episode never aired. But the one indication that will allow us to speculate that such a battle did indeed happen is the metal plate on Cad Bane’s head.
When Cad Bane was first introduced in Clone Wars, he didn’t have this metal plate on his head. However, in the scenes of him in The Bad Batch, which happened during the early parts of the Empire’s reign, Bane already had this metal plate. And in his appearance in The Book of Boba Fett, he also has that metal plate on his head.
This suggests that Bane has that metal plate on his head because that is a cybernetic enhancement that was meant to keep him alive, similar to how some of Fennec Shand’s organs are cybernetic after her near-death experience in The Mandalorian. And the reason why Cad Bane needed a cybernetic enhancement on his head was that he nearly died in his duel with Boba Fett after getting shot somewhere on the head.
Remember that the scene with Boba Fett lying on the ground shows that his helmet has a blaster hole on it. Fett was lucky that he had his armor on because the helmet kept him alive. But the same could not be said about Cad Bane, who probably got shot on the head as well and was supposed to die. Someone might have rescued Bane and allowed a mod artist to install cybernetic parts on his head to keep him alive.
Why Does Cad Bane Have Breathing Tubes?
One of the most interesting parts about Cad Bane’s appearance is that he wears breathing tubes. Now, unlike the metal plate on his head, his breathing tubes are not meant to keep him alive after his supposed death at the unconfirmed duel between him and Boba Fett. Instead, he wears those breathing tubes to help him with his job.
Cad Bane is a bounty hunter that tends to go to different places for his bounty. Wearing breathing tubes that allow him to breathe in all sorts of environments allow him to do his job properly. However, the top reason why he wears those tubes is to protect himself against a Force-choke, which is something that the Sith tend to do from time to time and was a trademark move for Darth Vader.
Of course, it might be possible that Cad Bane had a run-in with a Jedi or a Sith some time in the past, and that’s why he wears a breathing apparatus. And he seems to have equipped himself with the skills and gear necessary to survive against Force users, as seen from the fact that he always survived in his skirmishes with the Jedi during the Clone Wars.
Who Plays Cad Bane In The Book Of Boba Fett?
The unique aspect of Cad Bane in The Book of Boba Fett is that the showrunners stayed true to the continuity in the sense that he has a separate actor for his appearance and a separate voice actor for his voice. Dorian Kingi is credited as the performance artist portraying Cad Bane in The Book of Boba Fett. However, the one who does his voice is Corey Burton, who is the same person who voiced him in Star Wars: Clone Wars.
Is Cad Bane Good Or Bad?
One of the most intriguing aspects of the many different bounty hunters in the Star Wars galaxy is that you can’t always box them as either good or bad. Most of them belong somewhere in the gray areas, just like Din Djarin and, to some extent, Boba Fett. But what about Cad Bane? Is he good or bad?
Cad Bane is someone who could also be in the gray areas because he is a bounty hunter willing to take on any job as long as he gets paid well enough. However, you could also say that he is leaning towards the evil side of the spectrum.
As seen in his appearances in Clone Wars and The Bad Batch, he isn’t beyond doing anything it takes to complete his bounty, and that was what made him the best bounty hunter in the galaxy. Bane was willing to do evil things for his job, and that means that he could be considered evil.
Remember that the ends do not justify the means. So, while Cad Bane’s ultimate reason for committing evil things is to complete his job and to make a living in the tough environment of the galaxy, that doesn’t excuse him from the things he did to deliver his bounties.
What Blaster Does Cad Bane Use?
Speaking of his bounties, Cad Bane is often portrayed as someone who uses a western outlaw style not only in the way he dresses up but also in terms of the weapons he uses. That is why he uses an LL-30 blaster pistol instead of a bigger gun because it allows him to draw his gun faster.
What Is Cad Bane’s Ship?
Throughout his bounties in the Clone Wars, Cad Bane piloted a modified Rogue-class Porax-38 starfighter he calls the Xanadu Blood. This ship was given by Darth Sidious to Cad Bane back in the Clone Wars as his payment for completing a bounty that involved stealing a Holocron and a Kyber memory crystal.
However, at some point, Cad Bane replaced his old ship with a new one called the Justifier. He started using this ship in the events of The Bad Batch, as Bane actually had a run-in with the animated version of Fennec Shand, who sabotaged this very same ship.
What Species Is Cad Bane?
Cad Bane is a member of an alien species called Duros. The Duros have a similar appearance when compared to the classic gray alien archetype in the sense that they both have larger heads that are top-heavy. On top of that, they don’t have visible lips, noses, and ears as well.
However, the difference is that the Duros have red eyes. And it might be possible that the Duros differ in skin color as well as long as the color is somewhere close to blue or green. As you know, Cad Bane is on the bluer side.