In the latest episode of The Mandalorian, titled 'Chapter 13: The Jedi', there was a super secret connection to a very important planet in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Of course, this article is going to be stuffed with spoilers for the show, so if you've not had the chance to watch the episode, I'd bookmark this page and come back in about 45 minutes. Good? Good.
In 'Chapter 13: The Jedi,' there is a new baddie on the block. Morgan Elsbeth, also known as the Magistrate, rules the city of Calodan on the first moon of Corvus mercilessly. The population is enslaved, and she has no qualms about ravaging the environment for natural resources. When meeting with Din Djarin, the spymaster Ahsoka Tano reveals what she already knows about the Magistrate: that her home was destroyed in the Clone Wars, and the fury and tragedy of her survival motivated her to build the Imperial Starfleet. (Note: sad backstories do not justify destroying more planets and more lives to build spaceships that would then destroy more planets and more lives.)
Regarding Elsbeth, that's almost all that we learn about her in the episode. But, a hairstylist working on The Mandalorian might have let the cat out of the bag for a future plot point. In an Instagram post (that has now been edited), they wrote "@therealdianalessinosanto as Morgan Elsbeth AKA 'The Magistrate', one of the last survivors of Dathomir." The planet, which is an ominous scarlet-red in colour and a focal point of the dark side of the force, featured in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and those events from the game might offer some insight to the show.
In the game, protagonist Cal Kestis travels to Dathomir in 14 BBY, and he meets a Nightsister named Merrin who blames the Jedi for the massacre of her clan six years earlier, which was actually the work of the Separatist Droid Army led by General Grievous. The attack was far-reaching, and Merrin perceives herself to be the one of the only survivors of the tragedy. However, this tiny detail revealed by a hairstylist on the show might mean that Elsbeth is another of Merrin's clan who had somehow escaped the planet, unbeknownst to her sister.
Elsbeth may also have the ability to draw upon magick, and as Dathomir is closely aligned with the dark side of the Force, she might even be Force-sensitive in some way. In the same breath, it may be coincidental, as the Nightsisters are not the only society to call the planet their home. We'll have to wait and see, but the fact that the reference to "Dathomir" was quickly wiped seems to say that the Magistrate has another trick up her sleeve.
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