‘The Mandalorian’ is arguably the most popular Disney+ project because many fans believe that it brought back the joy of Star Wars. It follows the storyline of Din Djarin and his adventures with the infant Grogu. Of course, we have seen three seasons of ‘The Mandalorian,’ with season 4 possibly coming shortly. But when does each season of ‘The Mandalorian’ take place in the greater timeline of Star Wars?
When does ‘The Mandalorian’ season 1 take place?
When ‘The Mandalorian’ was released as the first Disney+ Star Wars project, many people were hooked because it brought the elements that made Star Wars as popular as it was. Of course, Baby Yoda’s appearance in ‘The Mandalorian’ got fans hooked as many people couldn’t get enough of the child named Grogu, whom Din Djarin swore to protect until he could return him to his people.
The events in ‘The Mandalorian’ season 1 allowed us to explore the things that happened in the years after the fall of the Empire and during the earlier reign of the New Republic. What’s interesting to note here is that a good part of this series takes place in the Outer Rim, where lawlessness is still rampant because the New Republic’s presence in this part of the galaxy is weak. That is why Din Djarin consistently ran into Imperial Remnants.
Of course, fans might wonder why there are still remnants of the Empire in ‘The Mandalorian’ season 1. That’s because the series takes place only five years after the fall of the Empire in ‘Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.’ That means that survivors of the Empire still hang around the Outer Rim territories in 9 ABY, which is the starting year of the entire ‘The Mandalorian’ storyline.
The events of season 1 of ‘The Mandalorian’ happened one after another, meaning that not much time went by between the first and last episodes of that season. This allows us to believe the entire season happened in just a few weeks or days.
When does ‘The Mandalorian’ season 2 take place?
As mentioned, not much time has likely passed since the end of season 1 and the beginning of season 2 of ‘The Mandalorian.’ That means that it is likely that only a few days went by since Din Djarin and Grogu escaped Moff Gideon at the end of season 1 and started traveling more planets together in search of clues related to Grogu’s people, the Jedi.
We also met Ahsoka Tano in her live-action version in the episode where she confronted and defeated Morgan Elsbeth to try to learn where Grand Admiral Thrawn was. This is relevant because the ‘Ahsoka’ series events, which likely take place on 9 ABY, also happened right after Ahsoka captured Morgan.
Season 2 of ‘The Mandalorian’ also allowed us to see Boba Fett’s return, who worked with Din Djarin to retrieve Grogu from the Imperial Remnants. This is relevant because ‘The Book of Boba Fett,’ which happens after the events of season 2 of ‘The Mandalorian,’ is reportedly set during the year 9 ABY as well.
So, in other words, the events of ‘The Mandalorian’ season 2 all take place on 9 ABY. This also means that not much time has passed since the ending of ‘The Mandalorian’ seasons 1 and 2. The ending of season 2 allowed us to see Luke Skywalker rescuing Grogu and taking him to Ossus, where he was rebuilding the Jedi Order.
When does ‘The Mandalorian’ season 3 take place?
The events of ‘The Mandalorian’ season 3 take place after the events of ‘The Book of Boba Fett.’ This is important because we know that ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ happened on 9 ABY. Season 3 of ‘The Mandalorian’ happens sometime after 9 ABY. But there’s a good reason to believe it still occurs on 9 ABY.
That’s because the events of the ‘Ahsoka’ series, which takes place after ‘The Mandalorian’ season 3, is said to have taken place on 9 ABY, as it was hinted that an entire decade had gone by between Ezra Bridger’s disappearance at the end of ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ and his reunion in ‘Ahsoka.’ So, if that’s true, that would mean that the events of ‘The Mandalorian’ season 3 also take place on 9 ABY, considering that Carson Teva’s testimony during Hera’s Senate trial suggests that the events of ‘Ahsoka’ does indeed happen after season 3 of ‘The Mandalorian.’
But some fans believe that ‘The Mandalorian’ season 3 takes place at least a year after the events of season 2. This is because, at one point, John Favreau said that years went by since the last time we saw Grogu at the end of season 2 of ‘The Mandalorian.’ As such, some fans believed that Grogu was with Luke Skywalker on Ossus for at least a year.
Still, the consensus is that Favreau was referring to how many years had gone by in the real world instead of the universe of Star Wars. This means he wasn’t saying Grogu was with Luke for two years. Instead, he said real-world years have gone by since the end of season 2. As such, there’s a good reason to believe that ‘The Mandalorian’ season 3 also takes place on 9 ABY, making this year one of the most eventful years in the Star Wars timeline.
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