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This is Where The Mandalorian Fits in the Star Wars Story

The Mandalorian is a widely acclaimed television series offered by Disney+. And ever since the first live-action series from the franchise, Star Wars fans can help but wonder when the series takes place in the Star Wars timeline. 

Our team prepared a detailed breakdown of the major question: When does The Mandalorian take place in the Star Wars story. 

The Mandalorian: An Overview  

The Mandalorian is a Star Wars universe franchise created by Jon Favreau for the streaming service Disney+. The first live-action series stars Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), a lone bounty hunter hired by Imperial forces to retrieve “The Child.” 

In Season 1 events, the bounty hunter tracks the target in return for a treasure trove of beskar if he delivers the package alive [1]. The Mandalorian manages to keep the Child alive but eventually chooses to take care of it. 

In the Season 2 story, the Mandalorian and the rescued Child continued their journey in the dangerous galaxy. The Mandalorians’ new mission is to return the Child to its home planet, but things will get more complicated now that Gideon has established his plans.

The Timeline 

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 

The series is connected with the fourth episode of the Star Wars sequel trilogy because of the Darksaber. The Darksaber was created between 1,000 to 7,000 years before this episode, and Tarre Viszla built it, a Mandalorian turned into a Knight. 

After Viszla’s death, the Darksaber was kept in a Jedi temple and was stolen by Mandalorians during the war. Years have passed, and the Darksaber ends up in a Death Watch leader, and in the years before A New Hope, Sabine Wren finds it and gives it to Bo-Katan Kryze. 

Mando then revealed that Moff Gideon was present on Mandalore, so probably, after something bad happened to Bo-Katan, he managed to pick up the Darksaber. Moff Gideon bust the Darksaber in the Mandalorian 2 season finale.

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Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

The Mandalorian takes place after the events of the Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi. The film ends with Star Wars rebels blowing the Empire’s Death Star and Luke Skywalker burning the body of the first Death Star, Darth Vader, on a funeral pyre on Endor. 

Five years after the events, The Mandalorian fit in the timeline after the Empire fell. The remnants of Imperial rule surviving the fall of the Empire can be seen in the corners of the galaxy. 

In addition, the Skywalker saga characters also survived and since the movies happened on the Outer Rim. There will be chances that characters like Carl Weathers will be referenced as part of the show’s recent memory. 

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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

The cameo of Luke at the end of the second season of Mandalorian confirms that The Mandalorian timeline was set 19 years before Ben Solo destroyed Luke’s Academy. In a flashback sequence from Episode VII, Ben Solo felt the pull of his dark side and destroyed the academy and the young Jedis in training. 

Since Luke Skywalker will take charge of training the Child at the end of Mandalorian 2, it can be assumed that Grogu is a casualty of Ben Solo (Kylo Ren). Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) also promised Grogu that he would see him as they parted ways at the end of Season 2. There is a great possibility that the Child will leave Luke’s academy before Ben Solo destroys it. 

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Star Wars Resistance Galaxy’s Edge

In 19 BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin), a Mandalorian resistance and terrorist organization, Death Watch, became part of the Shadow Collective. The rebels were formed during the Clone Wars and the beginning of the Civil War. 

By narrowing down the Mandalorian timeline on the flashback of Din’s rescue in the Clone Wars, you will see Death Watch fighting B2. Furthermore, the resistance will battle against Separist droids and save a random village. The Star Wars timeline of the rescue to the young Din Djarin is connected to the Resistance Galaxy’s Edge. 

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Jon Favreau & His Confirmations

Jon Favreau is the creator of the Star Wars Disney+, The Mandalorian, and he confirmed that the series is set five years after the fall of the Empire strikes, in Return of the Jedi, and 25 years before the rise of the First Order. Along with Dave Filoni, he confirms that the Empire only exists after the Revenge of The Sith, which is 28 years before the movies. 

In terms of the Star Wars timeline, The Return of the Jedi is at 4 ABY (After the Battle of Yavin), and The Force Awakens is at 34 ABY. The Mandalorian takes place within the Skywalker Saga, at 9 ABY, where the democratic government, the New Republic formed by the Rebel Alliance, holds the galaxy. 

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FAQs 

Did Mandalorian happen before Yoda?

No, Mandalorian did not happen before Yoda. Mandalorian took place years after the original Star Wars trilogy in which Yoda died.

Is the Mandalorian Yoda the same Yoda?

No, the Mandalorian Yoda is not the same. Jon Favreau confirmed in the USA today that the Mandalorian Grogu is not the same Yoda. In the original trilogy, he not only passes away but disappears.  

Is Baby Yoda a clone in The Mandalorian?

Yes, Baby Yoda is a clone in The Mandalorian. The Child is around 50 years old, which means he was born in the new era before the events of the Phantom Menace. There are claims that cloning Force-sensitive like Grogu and Boba Fett can be challenging, but the practice is one of the franchise's foundations.

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So, When Does The Mandalorian Take Place?

The Mandalorian takes place within the overall Skywalker Saga, in 9 ABY, five years after the Return of the Jedi, and nine years after A New Hope. The series elaborates the Star Wars timeline after the original trilogy, set nearly 30 years before the Force Awakens. 

Generally, the series is set after the fall of the Empire but before the New Republic. The two seasons of Mandalorian do not provide an exact time elapsed. However, since Din Djarin (Pedro pascal) wears a brand new Beskar Armor, it is assumed that he and Grogu had multiple adventures in a few months between seasons. 

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Reference:

  1. https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Chapter_1:_The_Mandalorian