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When does The Mandalorian take place in the Star Wars timeline?

The Mandalorian Star Wars timeline
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When does The Mandalorian take place in the Star Wars timeline? It’s a fair question – and one that’s been asked over and over since Mando appeared in a galaxy far, far away. With the Empire still lingering around despite this being a post-original trilogy adventure and a certain Jedi showing up, it’s not always easy to figure out when everything is supposed to be happening.

The Mandalorian timeline isn’t as complex as it seems, however. Below, we’ll break it down by providing an overview of the major events in Star Wars history and how the Disney Plus series fits snugly into canon. Given the multiple new Star Wars series on the horizon, knowing when The Mandalorian is set is the key to understanding the franchise’s past, as well as its future.

Warning: The Mandalorian timeline guide includes spoilers for seasons 1-2.

When does The Mandalorian take place in the Star Wars timeline?

The Mandalorian

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Before anything else, it’s worth knowing that – like our Gregorian calendars in the painfully lightsaber-free real world – the timeline revolves around a single event. In this case, it’s the Battle of Yavin (otherwise known as the first assault on the Death Star in A New Hope). That’s referred to at 0 BBY – Before the Battle of Yavin.

The Mandalorian takes place in 9 ABY – nine years after A New Hope and, interestingly, five years after the Emperor’s defeat in Return of the Jedi. Here is the full picture of where The Mandalorian takes place in the Star Wars timeline – as per current canon.

  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – 32 BBY
  • Star Wars: Attack of the Clones – 22 BBY
  • The Clone Wars – 22 BBY-19 BBY
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith – 19 BBY
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story – 13 BBY – 10 BBY
  • Star Wars Rebels – 5 BBY – 1 BBY
  • A New Hope – 0 BBY
  • The Empire Strikes Back – 3 ABY
  • Return of the Jedi – 4 ABY
  • The Mandalorian – 9 ABY
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 34 ABY
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 34 ABY
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – 35 ABY

The Mandalorian timeline: what does that mean for the show?

The Mandalorian timeline

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As we’ve already seen from the likes of Boba Fett, the original trilogy is very much fair game for cameos and after-effects encroaching on The Mandalorian’s territory. Half a decade on the Empire has crumbled, with remnants – such as Moff Gideon and his splinter group – attempting to fill in the power vacuum. The Mandalorian season 2 takes place immediately after the first, so no change on that front moving forward either.

There’s also a quarter-of-a-century gap between The Mandalorian and the sequel trilogy. Now that the Skywalker Saga has concluded, it’s highly unlikely Mando will show up in a post-Episode 9 adventure, though Baby Yoda may just appear given his species extensive lifespan and the fact he’s ‘only’ 50 years old in 9 ABY.

Baby Yoda, now called Grogu, also has a part to play further back in the Mandalorian timeline. It is revealed that, roughly 30 years prior, he was placed in training on the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. That means we now know his location during the prequels, specifically Revenge of the Sith.

Perhaps more interesting from a storytelling point of view is the fact that The Mandalorian has two decades to play with. Outside of non-canon stories and side books, this period has been left relatively untouched. Luke Skywalker showed up in The Mandalorian season 2 finale to help train Grogu, while Leia, and Han are still out there. Clone Wars lead Ahsoka Tano is now three decades older (and wiser) than when we last saw her. There is scope, too, for the likes of Rebels and other Clone Wars characters to show up, should The Mandalorian creators wish it.

Rebels, too, is an interesting one. While much of the spin-off's story takes place before the Battle of Yavin, the epilogue takes place at an undetermined time after. 

As explained to Vanity Fair, Mandalorian writer and Rebels creator Dave Filoni said: "When you look at the epilogue of Rebels you don't really know how much time has passed. So, it's possible that the story I'm telling in The Mandalorian actually takes place prior to that. Possible. I'm saying it's possible."

For now, though, The Way is clear for Mando to forge out his own path on the Star Wars timeline – but the events of the original trilogy and the still loom large in the background. For more on the franchise's future, check out all the upcoming Star Wars movies.

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Bradley Russell

GamesRadar+'s Entertainment Writer. Lover of all things Nintendo, in a tortured love/hate relationship with Crystal Palace, and also possesses an unhealthy knowledge of The Simpsons (which is of no use at parties).