When is The Mandalorian set in the Star Wars timeline?

Pedro Pascal in The Mandalorian on Disney+
Pedro Pascal in The Mandalorian on Disney+. Pic credit: Disney/Lucasfilm

The season premiere of The Mandalorian raises a ton of questions about the series and what may happen in the future of the show. Not to mention, the final moments of the episode will raise many questions about the timeline of the series.

While it may seem confusing about how and why the surprise moment happened, there is a simple explanation. And those who are unaware of when The Mandalorian takes place might misunderstand what the shocking finale means.

Here is an explanation of when The Mandalorian is set in the Star Wars universe timeline.

When is The Mandalorian set in the Star Wars timeline?

Major spoilers for The Mandalorian ahead. The series premiere ended on a rather intriguing cliffhanger with The Mandalorian discovering his bounty was a baby Yoda. However, what most people who are unaware of the show’s timeline might misunderstand is that this is not the actual Yoda we all know from Empire Strikes Back and the rest of the films.

In fact, it’s impossible for this to be Yoda himself because The Mandalorian takes place approximately five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and 25 years before the existence of the First Order. Yoda, at this stage in the mythos, has passed on and is causing mischief as a force ghost.

And Jon Favreau himself has confirmed this to several outlets. He also mentions the series will explain the origins of The First Order.

So what does this mean? Well, it basically means that some in the galaxy are extremely threatened by the race of Yoda and probably aim to make his species extinct. But that will prove difficult because The Mandalorian himself seems to have a soft spot for orphans, as well as a distaste for genocide.

It’s also implied that The Mandalorian himself was a victim of tragedy during The Clone Wars as we get brief flashes of droids attacking his family and home when he was younger.

Hopefully, this will be explained in future episodes but for now, it’s safe to assume that the future of Yoda’s race is safe in the hands of Mando.

The next episode of The Mandalorian will stream Friday, November 15 on Disney+.

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