The Mandalorian is set after the events of Return of the Jedi. That is, as we have seen throughout several chapters, the series develops after the fall of the Empire.
But what is The Mandalorian’s relationship to the timeline of Star wars rebels? While it would be easy to argue that the live-action series occurs after the animated production, following the debut of Ahsoka tano in the adventures of the Command, Dave Filoni hinted that this speculation could be wrong.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Filoni was consulted regarding the relationship of the Star Wars Rebels epilogue and the events of the most recent chapter of The Mandalorian.
“This is not necessarily chronological. I think what people will not understand is that they want to go in a linear way, but as I learned as a child, nothing in Star Wars really works in a linear way, « said the director of » The Jedi « and head of Rebels.
“You do (the Episodes) Four, Five and Six and then One, Two and Three. So, along the lines of that story, when you look at the Rebels epilogue, you really don’t know how much time has passed, « he added. “So it’s possible that the story I’m telling in The Mandalorian actually takes place before that. Possible. I say it is possible. «
As you may recall, the epilogue to Star Wars Rebels is set several years after the end of the series and the fall of the Empire and shows how Sabine Wren meets Ahsoka again to undertake the search for Ezra Bridger, the young Jedi who stood at the center of the Rebels story and disappeared alongside the Grand Admiral Thrawn in the series finale.
In this sense, Filoni’s comment about the « possible » that The Mandalorian is placed before that epilogue is still striking for several factors.
First of all, they have to take into account that Thrawn was mentioned during Ahsoka’s appearance in The Mandalorian and, although there is nothing confirmed or that points in that direction, after the chapter there have been few fans who have speculated with a possible debut live-action by Ezra Bridger.
On the other hand, we must also consider that Filoni did not clarify the timeline of both series rightly. Something that could perfectly have clarified or slipped as it did with Ahsoka’s fate after The Rise of Skywalker.
And finally, we must also remember that long ago it began to be rumored that Disney Plus could make a series focused on the mission of Sabine and Ahsoka. Something that although it is not confirmed would give a better context for Filoni’s comments and would raise future plans for the television field of Star Wars.
But of course, while at the moment there is nothing confirmed, we can only wait to see what will happen when the Command and Grogu fulfill their new mission.