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UPDATED: Have you ever wondered exactly when the new Star Wars live-action series, The Mandalorian, takes place in the galaxy far, far away? Well, you might find the answer quite intriguing. The Mandalorian unfolds at a rather intriguing juncture in the grand narrative of the Skywalker saga, a story that Lucasfilm initiated with the iconic Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope way back in 1977. If you paid close attention during the first episode of The Mandalorian, you might have already deduced its placement in the Star Wars timeline.
In case the Stormtrooper heads on pikes and the notable absence of Darth Vader left you wondering, let me clarify: The Mandalorian is set immediately after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. You might recall that the 1983 film concluded with the Rebel Alliance triumphantly destroying the Empire’s Death Star, Darth Vader’s demise, and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) conducting a solemn funeral pyre for the Sith Lord on the forest moon of Endor. Meanwhile, Luke, Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) celebrated their victory with the Rebel Alliance.
Now, here’s the interesting part: The Mandalorian picks up the story five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. This means that the Empire has crumbled, and Luke, Leia, and Han Solo are still very much alive, each pursuing their own adventures elsewhere in the galaxy. Notably, this also means that characters like Rey and Finn have yet to be born, and Kylo Ren, who’s still known as Ben Solo at this point, is just a young child. It’s a bit of a mind-bender, isn’t it?
Although The Mandalorian takes place in the Outer Rim, making it unlikely for us to encounter the main Skywalker saga characters, there’s a good chance we might catch some references to them, given that the events of Return of the Jedi are still fresh in this show’s memory.
[UPDATE]: With the Season 2 finale of The Mandalorian, we not only witness the immediate aftermath of the Empire’s fall but also glimpse the remnants of Imperial rule lurking in the galaxy’s shadows. Some pivotal moments from the Skywalker Saga, including the Battle of Endor, are revisited from the perspective of the Mandalorian ensemble in flashback scenes. Plus, there have been some exciting cameos from characters established elsewhere in the Star Wars universe.
Now that you’re aware of where The Mandalorian fits into the Star Wars timeline, you can easily place it among the various Star Wars movies and TV shows. If you’re keen on watching the Skywalker saga in chronological order, the Star Wars Twitter account and our own Star Wars Timeline provide helpful guidance. They recently shared a handy infographic to assist Disney+ viewers in selecting the right order for their binge-watching enjoyment.
The Mandalorian is currently available for streaming on Disney+, with new episodes typically released every Friday until the end of December. For more fantastic Star Wars content, be sure to check out our collection of the best TV shows available on Disney+.