It is a well-known fact that over the last 40 plus years, the order in which the Star Wars movies have been released from galaxies far away might be quite confusing for all of us. However, now that we have The Mandalorian that is being aired on the Disney+ streaming service, let us find out the Mandalorian time period and where does the Mandalorian fit in the timeline.
The Mandalorian – Interesting facts
Let us explore few aspects of the same.
In Mandalorian, you get to see Pedro Pascal, the Games of Thrones star who is a “bounty hunter” and is from the planet Mandalor. His predecessors Boba Fett and Jango are two characters as traditional bounty hunters. The “lone gunfighter” is a helmeted unnamed Mandalorian. He is seen wearing his homeland’s traditional armor.
It may be mentioned here that Boba Fett is a clone that is raised by Jango. He worked for Jabba the Hutt at a time when it was the tyrannical rule of the Galactic Empire. On the other hand, Mandalorian is operational in the outer layers of the galaxy once the Empire fell.
According to Jon Favreau, “It’s like after the Roman Empire falls, or when you don’t have a centralized shogun in Japan-and, of course, the Old West, when there wasn’t any government in the areas that had not yet been settled”.
Gina Carano stars as Rebel Shock Trooper- turned-mercenary Cara Dune. Carl Weathers works as bounty hunter guild leader Greef Carga. The role of Imperial governor Moff Gideon is played by Giancarlo Esposito. The voice assassin droid IG-11 by Taika Waititi.
When does the Mandalorian take place?
What year does the Mandalorian take place? According to Favreau, The Mandalorian “is set five years after the fall of the Empire in Episode VI- Return of the Jedi (1983) and 25 years before the rise of the First Order, the authoritarian regime that is firmly in control of the galaxy when Episode VII- The Force Awakens (2015) begins”.
Is the Mandalorian before or after Star Wars? If you take into account the Star War years, Return of the Jedi takes place in 4ABY (post Battle of Yavin) while The Force Awakens takes place in 34ABY. This implies that The Mandalorian is set around 9 ABY.
So, when is the Mandalorian time period? This is a period when the Rebel Alliance forms the New Republic, the democratic government after they won over the Empire and has “a tenuous hold on the galaxy”.
According to Favreau, The Mandalorian will allow you to catch a glimpse of the First Order roots. He says, “You come in on Episode VII, [the First Order are] not just starting out. They’re pretty far along. So, somehow, things weren’t necessarily managed as well as they could have been if [the galaxy] ended up in hot water again like that”.
Is Mandalorian a prequel to Star Wars?
An important aspect that you must keep in mind about The Mandalorian is that it is not a prequel story related to Boba Fett.
Who is “baby Yoda”?
Towards the end of the first episode, Mandalorian finds out that Werner Herzog’s “unnamed character” recruited him so that he collects baby of Yoda’s species.
More about other trilogies
You can also enjoy an upcoming series by the name Obi-Wan-Kenobi. This series is slated to take place during the period of “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. This only means that we will get to see more of Darth Maul on television.
Aside from the above, another series that is coming up is the Cassian Andor series. Expectations are that this series will take place prior to the events leading up to “Rogue One”. It’s a series where you see the killing of Cassian and other rebels in the movie while fulfilling their mission.
Now you know the answers to questions like When does the Mandalorian take place and Is Mandalorian a prequel to Star Wars.