After years of waiting, the Andor series is finally here! The brand-new Disney+ Star Wars live-action show has fans experiencing a completely new kind of storytelling within a galaxy far, far away — and that’s a good thing.
One unique thing about this Star Wars show compared to most of the others is that it doesn’t easily answer a lot of our questions. Each episode really forces you to pay close attention, think about events in the much larger context of Star Wars, and focus on the story and characters rather than always waiting for the next “cameo” appearance.
The show does, however — very quickly within the first episode — tell us when in-universe it takes place. But with so many other Star Wars stories, it’s not necessarily as simple to figure out when Andor takes place. Thankfully, series showrunner Tony Gillroy has already provided the answer.
The Andor series begins about five years before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. At this time, Cassian is still largely on his own, stealing from the Empire and just doing his best to survive. Only a few episodes in does he even begin to consider the possibility of fighting as part of a much larger rebellion against the Galactic Empire.
Because Rogue One technically takes place right before A New Hope, you could also say it takes place five years before the “original” story in the Star Wars saga begins.
The show also takes place a little before the events of Star Wars: Rebels, and will come to intersect with the show in terms of timeline as the show progresses.
Over its two seasons, the show will almost completely cover the full five years leading up to Rogue One. By the end of the show, Cassian Andor’s story will therefore be complete.
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