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Here's How 'The Mandalorian' Is Related to the 'Star Wars' Timeline


Nov. 12 2019, Updated 4:40 p.m. ET

Fans are excited about the release of The Mandalorian, and for good reason. It's making history as the first ever live-action series that's directly related to the Star Wars films. Plus it feels quite timely, considering that the final installment of the Skywalker Saga, The Rise of Skywalker, will be released in December. 

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But with the launch of the highly-anticipated series on Disney+, we’re sure that fans still have some questions about how the events of the show actually relate to the movies. For instance, is there any connection to Boba Fett? And when does it all take place?

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Firstly, what is the show's plot?

The show focuses on an unnamed bounty hunter (played by Pedro Pascal) from the planet Mandalor. Fans may have assumed that he was actually Boba Fett, especially since he had on the same traditional armor. But Boba Fett was never a true Mandalorian, while this mysterious main character is.

Director Dave Filoni explained: "Boba Fett is a clone, according to Attack of the Clones, and by asking [creator George Lucas], he would say Boba Fett is not Mandalorian, not born on Mandalore. He's more of a person indoctrinated into it, into the way of life, and gets a hold of the armor."

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Pedro also pointed out that there are clear differences between the two characters because the Mandalorian is much more complex. 

He said: “Ultimately he wants to do the right thing. But his duties could very much be in conflict with his destiny and doing the right thing has many faces. It can be a very windy road.”

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Still, one of the biggest differences is that these two characters aren't even operating in the time period. So the real question is: How does the show's timeline fit into Star Wars?

When does The Mandalorian take place?

According to series creator Jon Favreau, it all happens five years after the fall of the Empire in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (where Boba seemingly died) and 25 years before the rise of the First Order in Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

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Jon explained: "After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the empire and before the emergence of the first order. The series depicts a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic."

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For those who are curious about how this all translates in Star Wars years, Return of the Jedi took place four years after the Battle of Yavin (4 ABY). So if The Mandalorian is set five years after the events of that film, that means it’s set in 9 ABY. If we also consider The Force Awakens, which happened in 34 ABY, 25 years prior also brings us back to that same time period.

Will Boba Fett make an appearance?

Although it’s been established that the Mandalorian is not Boba, it doesn’t rule out the possibility of a future cameo. Tons of fans are convinced that he may still be alive and that he'll return to his father’s planet. And besides, it's hard to imagine this spinoff without his involvement in some capacity. Either way, it seems like fans are already impressed with the first episode, and it's just the beginning.

Dave said: “I’ve seen a lot of Star Wars. And what’s most exciting to me is that I am very confident we did some things — and fans will see things — that have never been seen before.”

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