Even though The Mandalorian takes place outside of the Star Wars Skywalker Saga, there will still be elements that will tie it all together.
The timeline of The Mandalorian becomes important to the greater Star Wars story. It takes place about five years after Return of the Jedi.
We know the Empire has fallen and the Rebels are working on building a new republic. But the Empire didn’t disappear as witnessed by the rise of the First Order., They also didn’t start as this well-oiled machine we see in the sequel trilogy.
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As they were scattered across the galaxy, it needed to come together and built up again. It seems The Mandalorian is going to explore some of those early days, according to Entertainment Weekly.
EW sat down with creator Jon Favreau and director Dave Filoni and chatted about the remnants of the Empire and what that means for the future.
Favreau and Filoni said:
"“This doesn’t turn into a good guy universe because you blew up two Death Stars,” Mandalorian director Dave Filoni quipped. “You get that the Rebels won and they’re trying to establish a Republic, but there’s no way that could have set in for everybody all at once. You have in a Western where you’re out on the frontier and there might be Washington and they might have some marshals, but sometimes good luck finding one.”“Also, what could happen in the 30 years between celebrating the defeat of the Empire and then the First Order?” teased showrunner Jon Favreau. “You come in on Episode VII, [the First Order are] not just starting out. They’re pretty far along.”"
Gideon is a former Imperial governor who is also doing his best to survive just like the others around him. He just seems to have a little more firepower.
But how does it all come together? That seems to be something that will be explored in The Mandalorian. I suspect it won’t be a central theme, but there will be bits and pieces thrown in that will connect to the greater Star Wars story.
While we won’t get all the answers in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it’s going to take other forms of storytelling to get the full picture. Some of that was already revealed in Aftermath and Bloodlines novels.
Now, we will get to see it on screen for the first time.
What do you think of The Mandalorian exploring this side of Star Wars?