Nathan Fillion Returns as “Buck” in ‘Halo 5: Guardians’

By June 10, 2015

We’re getting closer to this October’s release of Halo 5: Guardians, the continuation of the story featuring UNSC SPARTAN soldier Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, otherwise known as the Master Chief. We now have a better idea of some other characters who will be occupying the upcoming game, and while there are some new faces, it looks like there will be some familiar ones returning to the Halo universe as well.

In a new trailer released by Game Informer teasing what their upcoming coverage of the game will look like, one image made it clear that another major character that we haven’t seen since 2009 will be returning to the series. The distinctive likeness of Nathan Fillion reveals that Edward Buck, team leader of a group of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers during the events of Halo 2 and Halo 3: ODST, will be returning as a part of the squad — known as “Fireteam Osiris” — that will be tasked with hunting down an AWOL Master Chief during the story of the upcoming game. See the trailer below.

The major difference between the character as he appeared in ODST and how he will appear in Guardians is that he is now a SPARTAN. As an ODST, he was a regular (but highly skilled) human marine for the UNSC that hadn’t endured any cybernetic or genetic enhancements. As a new SPARTAN soldier — specifically a SPARTAN-IV for you Halo mega-fans — his body now has increased physical strength and endurance, as well as the ability to wear the extremely powerful and durable MJOLNIR power armor. In ODST, Buck was shown to be a skilled veteran of the Marine Corps, having seen battle on an almost consistent level since the “Fall of Reach” (as depicted in 2010’s Halo: Reach) on up through the Battle of Earth that was chronicled in both 2004’s Halo 2 and 2007’s Halo 3.

Fillion’s character will be serving under Commander Jameson Locke, a fellow SPARTAN-IV tasked by the UNSC’s Office of Naval Intelligence (or ONI) with bringing the Chief in. Locke’s origin story was told in the live-action Halo: Nightfall.

Halo 5: Guardians will be released exclusively for Xbox One on October 27th. For more details on the game, which will likely be further explored next week at E3, keep an eye on GeekNation.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • Jane Keating

    For some reason I just don’t like any of the Halo campaigns, i am beast at multiplayer though 😉

  • Daniel

    Aww yeah can’t wait for halo 5, best FPS’s ever!!

  • Katey

    I find it well weird seeing real live actors as characterless in video games

    • Michelle

      yeah me too, its gonna be happening more and more now though

  • RogerSmiles

    Halo 5 is gonna be so good! im sure they are working hard to make something great after the failure that was the master chief collection

  • lily

    this game comes out on my birthday, think my birthday present will be going to a midnight release 🙂

  • USAjoe

    I’m gonna go to sleep for a few months now, somebody please wake me up when Halo Guradians comes out.. k? 🙂

  • Jason

    Buck is such a cool character, am glad hes back again in Guardians !