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Hot Damn, Timothy Olyphant in The Mandalorian

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Hot Damn, Timothy Olyphant in The Mandalorian

Wait, seriously? I can hear you thinking. They typecast Timothy Olyphant as a lone gunman-type law enforcement officer and put him in the Star Wars universe?

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12:06 P.M.

Hot Damn, Timothy Olyphant in The Mandalorian

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One would’ve assumed that the most notable thing about the season two premiere of The Mandalorian would be the delightful, longed-for . One would be right! But The Mandalorian has a habit of throwing in , and the first episode provides a gift I didn’t even know I wanted: Timothy Olyphant, in all his magnificent salt-and-pepper glory, as the marshall of a nearly abandoned Tatooine mining town called Mos Pelgos named Cobb Vanth.

Wait, seriously? I can hear you thinking. They typecast Timothy Olyphant as a lone gunman-type law-enforcement officer and put him in the Star Wars universe? Yes. Yes they did, and it is every bit as good as you’re hoping.

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Photo: Disney+

Olyphant walks into The Mandalorian wearing full Mandalorian armor — a situation he eventually explains in a long flashback sequence — and it’s an ideal little bit of Olyphant myth making. It’s not just that he’s well-known for playing breaks-the-rules law-enforcement officers, it’s that those characters tend to have important relationships with their hats. In , Olyphant as Sheriff Bullock rarely wore the cowboy hat. It was a sign of Bullock’s reluctance to fully assume a position of authority. When he did put that hat on, though, whoo baby. Things were gonna get real. On , Olyphant then fully embraced the hat, stalking through the Kentucky hill country with an impressive, wide-brimmed cowboy hat that became a key part of his character Raylan Givens. That hat was the hat of a confident man. That hat did not care if you saw it coming. It wanted you to see it coming.

So casting Olyphant in The Mandalorian as a character wearing a costume that notably involves never removing your helmet, and to then have his crucial introduction scene involve removing the helmet, is just a fantastic nod to Olyphant’s career. Plus, once he takes his helmet off, you can see his perfect, perfect haircut.

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Thank you, Mandalorian. It’s great to see Baby Yoda back, but Timothy Olyphant speeding along on a sand bike, with his swooping salt-and-pepper haircut glinting in the light of Tatooine’s two suns? This is the way.

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