Who is Gorian Shard in The Mandalorian Season 3 Episode 1?

By Kieran Burt
Published: March 1, 2023 (Last updated: December 10, 2023)
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Who is Gorian Shard in The Mandalorian Season 3 Episode 1? We discuss a criminal in the premiere of The Mandalorian Season 3.

The Mandalorian has returned to Disney+, with Mando and Grogu aiming to go to Mandalore to cleanse Din of his past transgressions. But before he can go there, he stops off at the planet Nevarro, the old home of the Bounty Hunter’s Guild, to try and fix IG-11. Mando finds that the planet has vastly improved, with High Magistrate Greef Kargo attempting to move the system on from its violent past and develop it into a respectable place.

But not everyone is happy with this development. Chief among them is the Pirate King Gorian Shard, who sends his crew to harass the local school and wants a return to the old of violence and criminal activity. Shand is a new character in the Star Wars world and will likely show up again in the season.

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Who is Gorian Shard in The Mandalorian Season 3 Episode 1?

Gorian Shard is a Pirate King who commands a criminal group to do things like piracy, smuggling, and other illegal activities. He seems to be a well-known name in the area of the Outer Rim that Nevarro is in.

The episode looks like it is setting Shard up as an antagonist that will reappear throughout the season, both for Karga and Din.

Vane, who is part of Shard’s crew, explains that the Pirate King and Karga have previously worked together. They split the treasure, and Karga used his share to build the saloon for the Bounty Hunter’s Guild, which was later changed into a school on the planet. Karga used to offer bounty hunter contracts to Vane and his crew, which resulted in “murder and mayhem,” but has now closed his planet for Pirate business. Vane didn’t take to this too kindly, nearly shooting Karga. Shard later tried to kill Din in a space battle.

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Karga is attempting to make Nevarro an independent trade hub, and it seems Shard and his pirates will try to stop that. Shard’s warship is seen in the first trailer for The Mandalorian season three, where Mando and Grogu are attacking it. It’s above an as-of-yet unknown planet.

Who plays Gorian Shard in The Mandalorian Season 3 Episode 1?

Gorian Shard is played by Nonso Anozie, who has previously appeared in films like 2020’s Artemis Fowl, the 2015 live-action adaptation of Cinderella, and 2011’s Conan the Barbarian. He is an actor from the UK, born November 17, 1978.

It’s his first time playing a character in Star Wars.

Has Gorian Shard appeared in Star Wars before?

The Pirate King Gorian Shard, along with the group he commands, is a new character in the Star Wars universe. His capital ship is yet to be named, but it looks like a type of Star Destroyer, which will be challenging to take down. The extensive use of shielding covering the bridge and other areas of the ship suggests that it’s heavily damaged. Shielding isn’t typically used in place of a hull; it’s used to cover the hull.

The fighters that his crew use is also new to Star Wars.

The criminal underworld in Star Wars is enormous. Pirate King has appeared, most commonly associated with the Weequay Pirate Hondo Ohnaka, first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He has appeared in projects since, like Star Wars: Rebels, and has appeared at Batuu at the Galaxy’s Edge theme park.

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