The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian (Season 2) delves further into one of the show’s most intriguing antagonists, Magistrate Morgan Elsbeth.
According to The Direct, Lucasfilm executive creative director Dave Filoni shared about the frightening adversary in detail in the new book. “The Magistrate is a former Imperial, but she’s an industrialist. My idea was that she had an idea of metallurgy and obviously knew what Beskar was,” Filoni says. “And she was pillaging this planet and stealing all its resources — people who were willing to take everything from a world and give it to the Empire were valuable to the Empire.”
Filoni goes on to outline why it’s so important for The Mandalorian’s protagonist Din Djarin and his new ally, Ahsoka Tano, to overthrow the Magistrate when they encounter her in the Season 2 episode “Chapter 13: The Jedi.” Filoni explains, “[E]ven after the fall of the Empire, the people who built the war machine were still out there and really dangerous. They need to be tracked down because otherwise, they’re going to keep doing what they’re doing and find new ways to exploit people.”
Fortunately, the Mandalorian and Ahsoka eventually succeed in shutting down the Magistrate’s operation on Corvus, with Ahsoka beating Elsbeth in combat pitting the ex-dual Jedi’s lightsabers against the ex-Beskar Imperial’s spear. Throughout the exchange, Ahsoka pressured the Magistrate for information on the location of Grand Admiral Thrawn, a fan-favorite Star Wars villain who was last seen in the animated series Rebels. This has increased suspicion that Thrawn will appear in the planned Ahsoka spinoff. It’s worth mentioning that Lucasfilm has not yet confirmed the character’s inclusion in the series.
While production on the Ahsoka spinoff has yet to begin, many other Star Wars episodes are scheduled to debut on Disney+ this year. On May 25, a six-episode Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries will premiere, with Ewan McGregor reprising his role as the famed Jedi Master from the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy.
Andor, a 12-episode series focusing on Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is also scheduled to premiere in 2022, with current sources claiming that the series has been renewed for a second season. Then there’s The Mandalorian’s third season, which is expected to air in time for Christmas 2022.
The Mandalorian’s first and second seasons are presently available on Disney+.