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"You know this is no place for a child."
"Wherever I go, he goes."
"So I've heard."
―Gor Koresh and Din Djarin[1]

Gor Koresh was an Abyssin male gangster, gambler, and entrepreneur who organized gladiator matches at his own arena and hunted Mandalorian remnants for their beskar armor during the New Republic's reign. At his arena in 9 ABY, the Abyssin met the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin and the infant Grogu. The Mandalorian inquired about finding others of his kind, but Koresh advised the bounty hunter to enjoy the entertainment first.

Koresh attempted to trick the Mandalorian into a bet in order to win the bounty hunter's beskar armor, but when Djarin refused the offer, the Abyssin and his assailants held the bounty hunter at gunpoint. Nevertheless, Djarin defeated Koresh's allies and intercepted Koresh outside the fighting pit, interrogating the Abyssin for the information he desired. After Koresh gave in, the Mandalorian left him to face wild dogs.

Biography[]

Ringside negotiations[]

"Well, I'll bet you the information you seek that this Gamorrean's going to die within the next minute and a half. And all you have to put up in exchange is your shiny beskar armor."
"I'm prepared to pay you for the information. I'm not leaving my fate up to chance."
―Koresh and Djarin[1]

During the reign of the New Republic, the Abyssin[4] gangster, gambler,[5] and entrepreneur[6] Gor Koresh profited from various criminal activities, including organizing underworld gladiator matches at his own arena,[2] the Carnita arena in the warehouse district[7] of a barren city[6] on an Outer Rim planet.[4] He also hunted Mandalorian remnants for their armor made of beskar, which was rising in value. Koresh at some point heard about a supposed Mandalorian on the planet Tatooine. The apparent Mandalorian was in reality Cobb Vanth, the marshal of the Tatooine mining town Mos Pelgo who had acquired a set of Mandalorian armor from Jawas[1] in 4 ABY.[8] Koresh also learned about the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin, who closely protected the infant foundling[1] Grogu.[4]

Gor Koresh speaks to Din Djarin at his arena.

In 9 ABY,[9] Djarin traveled to Koresh's arena, having been told that the gangster knew of the whereabouts of other Mandalorians. Koresh sat ringside at his arena, betting on one of the Gamorrean fighters in the ring, when he was approached by Djarin and Grogu.[1] Looking between the pair,[4] the gambler remarked that the pit was no place for a child like Grogu, but the Mandalorian stated that the foundling went wherever he went. Djarin told Koresh that he was looking for information on other Mandalorians in the galaxy as part of a quest to return Grogu to his own kind.[1] Koresh, more fixated on the fight, advised the bounty hunter to enjoy the entertainment instead of going straight to business.[4]

The Gamorrean that Koresh had bet on was knocked to the ground, so the displeased gangster shouted for the other Gamorrean to kill their opponent. As the injured Gamorrean struggled to survive, Koresh put the information Djarin needed up for a bet on whether the losing Gamorrean would die within the next minute and a half. In turn, the Abyssin requested the Mandalorian put up his beskar armor for the bet. Djarin refused, so Koresh shot the winning Gamorrean with his blaster pistol, and his armed assailants swiftly surrounded the Mandalorian with their own blasters drawn[4] as part of Koresh's own trap.[6]

Unsuccessful hunt[]

"Beskar's value continues to rise. I've grown quite fond of it. Give it to me now or I will peel it off your corpse."
"Tell me where the Mandalorians are and I'll walk outta here without killing you."
―Koresh and Djarin[1]

Din Djarin releases whistling birds on Gor Koresh's armed thugs.

The arena's audience promptly fled the venue, and Koresh bragged about not having to seek out Djarin for his armor and told his new captive of how fond he had become of the increasingly expensive beskar. The gangster demanded Djarin's armor in return for not killing the Mandalorian, but in reply, Djarin threatened to kill Koresh if he did not tell him where other Mandalorians could be found. After Koresh remarked that he thought Djarin was not a gambler, the Mandalorian used his whistling birds to eliminate the Abyssin's armed assailants and fought the arena's workers. Koresh fled the arena as Djarin defeated the remainder of the gambler's people.[1]

Koresh ran outside and down the street when Djarin, exiting the arena, snared the gangster with his grappling line, pulling him across the ground and hanging him on a lamppost.[1] Turning to try and befriend his captor,[6] the Abyssin panically offered Djarin the information he desired in return for his life. He revealed what he knew of the alleged Mandalorian on Tatooine, swearing the information to be true by a gotra. Djarin then began leaving, and Koresh begged to be freed from the grappling line, claiming it was part of their deal. The Mandalorian instead shot out the light post with his blaster pistol, allowing several[1] local[6] wild dogs to advance on the gangster[1] and try to kill him[6] as he screamed in fear.[1]

Personality and traits[]

"It's uncouth to talk business immediately. Just enjoy the entertainment."
―Koresh, to Djarin[1]

Gor Koresh was a 1.73-meter-tall (5 feet, 8 inches) Abyssin male with green skin; gray,[2] thinning[3] hair; and a single brown eye.[2] The deceitful entrepreneur[6] had a habit of double-crossing or killing anyone who interfered with his exploits.[2] He grew fond of beskar as it rose in value and hunted Mandalorians to harvest their beskar armor. He watched Grogu come to his arena with bemusement and disapproval,[4] believing it was no place for the child.[1]

Fearing for his life, Gor Koresh gave up information to Din Djarin.

Koresh tried to convince Djarin into betting for information in an attempt to trick him into handing over his beskar armor. When Djarin did not play into the gambler's trick, Koresh and his assailants held the bounty hunter at gunpoint, with Koresh chuckling as he bragged to the Mandalorian. After Djarin defeated all of Koresh's allies and apprehended him, the Abyssin gave up information on a possible Mandalorian in an attempt to preserve his life, his voice cracking as he attempted to maintain some composure while being hung from a lamppost. Koresh's voice grew hoarse and breathless as he swore his information by a gotra.[4]

Equipment[]

"Normally, I have to seek out remnants of you Mandalorians in your hidden hives to harvest your precious shiny shells."
―Koresh, to Djarin[1]

Gor Koresh wore brown under-clothing, brown gloves, and a white sport coat. The coat included a symbol of his arena, intended to give an air of respectability. He donned black trousers and brown boots. He also wielded a blaster pistol that was modified for Abyssin vision.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Identity[]

"Doug [Chiang] described Gor Koresh as being like an emperor of the Colosseum who gets to decide the fates of the Gamorreans."
―Brian Matyas[7]

Concept art of Din Djarin and Gor Koresh by Khang Le

Gor Koresh first appeared in "Chapter 9: The Marshal,"[1] the premiere episode of the second season of the Disney+ live-action series The Mandalorian, which was directed by show-runner Jon Favreau and aired on October 30, 2020.[10] Koresh was voiced by John Leguizamo and portrayed in costume by John Rosengrant.[1]

Koresh was initially teased in the official trailer for The Mandalorian Season Two, which was published on YouTube on September 15, 2020.[11] On YouTube, the trailer's captions initially identified the character as "Gore Keresh,"[12] but they were later changed to remove the name and simply identify the character as an alien.[13] The subtitles on the Disney+ version of the trailer wrote the name as "Gor Koresh" but were also subsequently removed.[14] The "Launchpad" section of the 202th issue of Titan Magazines' Star Wars Insider,[15] published on April 27 of 2021,[16] used the spelling "Gor Keresh,"[15] as did the "Jedi Master's Quiz" section of Star Wars Insider's 203rd issue,[17] published on June 22 of that year.[18]

Conception and portrayal[]

"But I like you being the high status mob boss, even if you don't do the character of Don Corleone."
―Jon Favreau advises John Leguizamo for voicing Gor Koresh[19]

In the first drafts for "Chapter 9: The Marshal," written by Favreau during the holiday break at the end of 2018, Koresh was described as a "foul cyclops" with a pair of earrings and a nose ring. The director also put across the idea that the character would be sat among a crowd of spectators on simple bench seating with bodyguards rather than being a distant spectator or on a throne, while arts director Doug Chiang described Koresh to concept artists as akin to an emperor of the Colosseum, stating that he would decide the fates of competing Gamorreans. Working off of another description of Koresh as a "low-level crime boss," artist Brian Matyas gave the character an "old-school Ray Harryhausen design" with a retro-style color palette.[7]

John Rosengrant as Gor Koresh on the set of the arena with Jon Favreau

In another concept, Matyas worked off of Chiang's emperor idea, giving Koresh a very simple costume. One of Matyas's other concepts for the character included a helmet with a monocle visor, playing off of the idea of an Abyssin "assassin-hitman-henchman with a helmet." Matyas chose to make later designs look more like a classic mob boss, being inspired by Tony Soprano[7] from the television series The Sopranos,[20] which translated into the final design of Koresh.[7]

During Leguizamo's rehearsal for Koresh voice, Favreau advised the voice actor to come across as a "high status mob boss" like Don Corleone[19] from The Godfather film series.[21] Lines about Koresh calling his Gamorrean the best in his stable were included during the rehearsal[19] but did not make it into the episode.[1] Filming for "Chapter 9: The Marshal,"[7] including Koresh's scenes,[1] took place over thirteen days[7] during November 2019.[22]

Inconsistencies[]

"You brought the kid?"
―Koresh's opening line in the junior novel[4]

Joe Schreiber's 2022 junior novelization of The Mandalorian Season Two describes Koresh as having a nose ring,[4] in line with the first drafts of "Chapter 9: The Marshal."[7] However, his depiction in the finished episode did not include a nose ring.[1] The novel also presents some of Koresh's lines[4] differently to how they are said in the episode or presented in the subtitles.[1] Additionally, the novelization describes Koresh rising to his feet when shooting the Gamorrean while the episode shows him being seated until the second Gamorrean attacks Djarin.[4] This article uses the information from the episode when it contradicts with its novelization.

Appearances[]

Sources[]

Notes and references[]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 9: The Marshal"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition
  3. 3.0 3.1 Per the audio description of The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 9: The Marshal"
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2 Junior Novel
  5. StarWars-DatabankII.png Gor Koresh in the Databank (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 SWInsider.png "Mandalorian Mayhem" – Star Wars Insider 210
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season Two
  8. Cobb Vanth acquires Mandalorian armor during the events of Aftermath, which includes the reunion of Temmin Wexley and Norra Wexley on Akiva. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that the pair were reunited on Akiva thirty years before the Starkiller incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Therefore, their reunion in Aftermath, and thus Vanth's acquisition of Mandalorian armor, took place in 4 ABY.
  9. SWInsider.png "A Certain Point of View" – Star Wars Insider 202 dates the skirmish on Nevarro and the second rescue of Grogu—which are depicted in the The Mandalorian episodes "Chapter 7: The Reckoning" and "Chapter 16: The Rescue," respectively—to "9 ASW4," or nine years after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 9 ABY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. The events of Chapters 7–16 must therefore take place in 9 ABY.
  10. SWInsider.png "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season Two Companion" – Star Wars Insider 202
  11. SWYTlogo.png The Mandalorian | Season 2 Official Trailer | Disney+ on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  12. Initial YouTube captions
  13. Later YouTube captions
  14. Initial Disny+ captions
  15. 15.0 15.1 SWInsider.png "Launchpad" – Star Wars Insider 202
  16. RedTitanThingy.png Star Wars Insider #202 on Titan Comics' official website (backup link)
  17. SWInsider.png "Jedi Master's Quiz" – Star Wars Insider 203
  18. RedTitanThingy.png Star Wars Insider #203 on Titan Comics' official website (backup link)
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian: Making of Season Two
  20. Peter Biskind: An American Family (bad argument #2 to 'formatDate' (not a valid timestamp)) on Vanity Fair (archived from the original on July 17, 2012)
  21. The Godfather (1972) (bad argument #2 to 'formatDate' (not a valid timestamp)) on The New York Times (content now obsolete; archived from the original on April 18, 2014)
  22. The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season Two states that The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 9: The Marshal" was filmed over thirteen days and Disney+ was launched halfway through that period. Since StarWars.com Alan Tudyk to Return as K-2SO in Cassian Andor Live-Action Series on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that Disney+ launched on November 12, 2019, the filming must have therefore taken place in November of that year.
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