- "It is good to restore the natural order of things after a period of such disarray, don't you agree?"
- ―The Client to Din Djarin
"The Client" was a human male who was associated with a remnant of the Galactic Empire after its collapse, residing within a facility on Nevarro. In around 9 ABY, he and the scientist Doctor Pershing hired many bounty hunters to recover a child named Grogu for them from the planet Arvala-7. Grogu was finally brought to him by the bounty hunter Din Djarin, and was paid accordingly. However, Grogu was later rescued from the facility by the bounty hunter. After pressuring the Bounty Hunters' Guild, Greef Karga, a Guild agent, worked with former rebel Carasynthia Dune and brought Djarin to him in a cantina, though this was merely part of their plot to kill the Client. The Client then attended a call from his superior, Moff Gideon, and was immediately killed when the Moff's forces opened fire on the cantina.
- "There is one job."
"Let's see the puck."
"No puck. Face to face. Direct commission. Deep pocket."
"All I know is no chain code. Do you want the chit or not?"
- ―Greef Karga gives the Mandalorian a new bounty
The human male known as "the Client" was an individual associated with a remnant of the Galactic Empire following its collapse, stationed on the planet Nevarro. In around 9 ABY, he and the scientist Doctor Pershing were under orders from their superior, Moff Gideon, to acquire an infant of the same species as former Jedi Grand Master Yoda named Grogu, who was being held by a mercenary group of Nikto on the planet Arvala-7.
Greef Karga, an agent of the Bounty Hunters' Guild, was informed of the job being available, although rather than the traditional puck and chain code being provided, the Client wished to meet the hunter who accepted the job face to face. Many bounty hunters from the Guild accepted the job. Karga later informed the bounty hunter Din Djarin of the job after he turned in his previous bounties, which he accepted. The guild master then contacted the Client to let him know Djarin was coming to meet him, describing the hunter as the best in the parsec, but also expensive.
- "Greef Karga said you were coming."
"What else did he say?"
"He said you were the best in the parsec. […] He also said you were expensive. Very expensive."
- ―"The Client" and Din Djarin
The Mandalorian met with the Client in a building guarded by a TT-8L/Y7 gatekeeper droid, and four armed stormtroopers stood with the Client while he sat at a desk during the meeting. After the bounty hunter entered, the Client greeted him but was interrupted by Doctor Pershing's arrival. Reacting to the scientist's sudden entry, Djarin immediately drew his weapons, prompting the stormtroopers to do the same. Pershing apologized, and the Client stood to introduce him before asking that Djarin lower his guns. When the bounty hunter demanded that the stormtroopers lower theirs first, the Client obliged and signaled to the troopers.
With the standoff settled, Din Djarin sat and the Client presented a bar of beskar to him as a down payment, explaining that more of the material would be handed over on delivery of the asset they sought. After Pershing clarified that the asset they wanted needed to be delivered alive, the Client revealed that he would also accept proof of termination for a lesser payment, a statement that did not please the scientist. When Djarin asked for the puck, the Client revealed that they could only provide the last four digits—the asset's age of fifty years old—and its last known location. The bounty hunter accepted the mission and left with the beskar.
- "What are your plans for it?"
"How uncharacteristic of one of your reputation. You have taken both commission and payment. Is it not the code of the Guild that these events are now forgotten?"
- ―Djarin questions the Client regarding his plans for Grogu
Din Djarin successfully returned with Grogu and delivered it directly to the Client, who was extremely pleased to see Grogu, immediately getting up from his desk with a fob to confirm it was the correct target. Pershing then scanned Grogu and confirmed it was in good health, after which Djarin questioned the Client as to why so many other hunters had fobs. The Client then produced the promised camtono of beskar and handed it over to Djarin. Before he left, the bounty hunter asked what the Client planned to do with the child, but the Imperial refused to say, stating that per Guild tradition the transaction was now over and so should be forgotten.
With Din Djarin gone, the Client and Pershing argued over Grogu. The Client told Pershing to simply extract what they needed from the Child, killing it if necessary, but the doctor refused, stating he had specific orders to deliver the baby alive. The Client then simply told him to hurry, as he could no longer promise that Pershing would be kept safe, and left. The Client's warning proved true, as Din Djarin returned shortly afterwards and rescued Grogu from Pershing, but spared the doctor.
- "Yes, Moff Gideon?"
"Have they brought the child?"
"Yes, they have. Currently, it is sleeping."
"You may wanna check again."
- ―The Client's last words, to Gideon
After Grogu was stolen, the Client and his forces took over the city on Nevarro, including the Guild's operations there. He was obsessed with getting Grogu back. Din Djarin, though, was able to protect Grogu from bounty hunters who were able to find them. Greef Karga coaxed Djarin to come back to Nevarro, intending to kill him and take Grogu to the Client. However, he changed his mind when Grogu saved his life and chose to help the bounty hunter and his accomplices, Carasynthia Dune and Kuiil, kill the Client instead. Karga and Dune arrived with Djarin in custody alongside the empty pram for Grogu in the cantina, presenting them to the Client.
As his guards were reinforced as a squad, the Client, while seated, he questioned why Mandalore resisted Imperial rule, claiming that the Empire brought forth justice to every system it conquered. He then asked the Mandalorian if peace had truly been restored after the revolution and stated that it only resulted in death and chaos. The Client then requested that he see Grogu with his own eyes, but was informed by Karga that it was asleep. He was then interrupted by a call from his superior, Moff Gideon, who asked him if Grogu was secured. The Client confirmed that he was in their hands, but Gideon told him to inspect the pram again. Gideon's death troopers then immediately opened fire on the cantina, killing him, his guards and the protocol droid that served as the bartender.
Personality and traits
- "Yes. Alive. Although, I acknowledge that bounty hunting is a complicated profession. This being the case, proof of termination is also acceptable for a lower fee."
- ―The Client offers a pragmatic alternative to Din Djarin
The Client remained calm while Din Djarin and stormtroopers drew arms in his presence and was willing to have his men lower their weapons first. Despite having previously agreed with Pershing that they would required the asset to be delivered alive, he offered Djarin the alternative of termination, and claimed to be pragmatic when Pershing complained. The Client himself was obsessed with obtaining Grogu and did not care if he was dead or alive, only that the necessary resources were extracted from him.
As Djarin left, the Client stated he was pleased to see the beskar returned to its rightful owners. He believed things needed to be returned to order after the recent period of what he referred to as disarray. The Client later told Djarin that the galaxy was not more peaceful since the Empire's fall, adding that only death and chaos had taken its place. The Client had a very measured and well-elocuted demeanour, light skin, white hair and light blue eyes.
- "I have a camtono of Beskar waiting for you upon the delivery of the asset."
- ―"The Client" to Din Djarin
The Client wore a black coat over a brown shirt with dark gray pants and black boots. A medallion bearing the Imperial emblem hung around his neck. He had a camtono of beskar that had been taken during the Great Purge of Mandalore.
Behind the scenes
The Client first appeared in the first episode of the 2019 Disney+ television show The Mandalorian, which aired on November 12, 2019. He was portrayed by Werner Herzog, with John Dixon serving as a stunt double. His name was never revealed, but his title as "the Client" was first mentioned in the Walt Disney Company's Direct-to-Consumer & International website.
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian" (First appearance)
- The Mandalorian 1
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 3: The Sin"
- The Mandalorian 3
- The Mandalorian: Season 1: Volume 1
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 6: The Prisoner" (Mentioned only)
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 7: The Reckoning"
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian Junior Novel
- The Mandalorian: A Clan of Two
- The Mandalorian: Magnetic Fun (Mentioned only)
- The Mandalorian: This is the Way
Notes and references
- The Mandalorian is set about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY. Therefore, the events of The Mandalorian must have taken place around 9 ABY. establishes that
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 7: The Reckoning"
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian"
- Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition
- The Mandalorian: Allies & Enemies
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 3: The Sin"
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 8: Redemption"
- The Client (Star Wars) on Wikipedia
- Episodic Photos on DMED Media (backup link) (First identified as The Client)