‘Andor’: Where Does the Show Fall on the ‘Star Wars’ Timeline?

TL;DR:

  • Andor falls before Rogue One and the original trilogy on the Star Wars timeline.
  • The series takes a deeper dive into Cassian Andor’s connection to the Rebel Alliance.
  • What happens in Andor will lead into the events of other Star Wars projects.
'Andor' key art for our article about where the Disney+ show falls on the 'Star Wars' timeline. It features Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, as well as several other key characters. The background features a moon and is white and orange.
Key art for ‘Andor’ | Lucasfilm Ltd.

The much-anticipated Andor has made its debut on Disney+, and the Star Wars series is taking a deep dive into one of Rogue One‘s most important characters. The show reveals how Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor came to join the Rebel Alliance, a pivotal development for the entire franchise. But where does Andor fall on the greater Star Wars timeline? Here’s what we know.

When does ‘Andor’ take place?

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According to the Los Angeles Times, Andor takes place during the year 5 BBY. However, that might not mean much to casual Star Wars fans.

In the Star Wars universe, BBY stands for Before the Battle of Yavin, meaning the event took place before Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) blew up the first Death Star. Anything that occurred after that pivotal moment would be labeled ABY, or After the Battle of Yavin.

That makes A New Hope the turning point of the Star Wars timeline, and it places Andor five years ahead of the original trilogy. With that in mind, where does the Disney+ series fall in comparison to other Star Wars projects?

Where ‘Andor’ falls on the greater ‘Star Wars’ timeline

So, now that we know what year Andor takes place in, let’s discuss where the show falls on the greater Star Wars timeline.

As mentioned above, it’s set five years before the original Star Wars trilogy, which begins in 0 BBY. The Empire is a well-established threat when Luke’s story opens. However, it appears to have a lesser presence during Andor. That said, the forming of the Rebel Alliance proves it’s still a problem. And the Empire will likely grow over the course of Andor, which showrunner Tony Gilroy confirmed will span five years.

Of course, Andor falling before the first Star Wars trilogy means it also takes place before the sequel movies, The Mandalorian, and The Book of Boba Fett. And with the Empire reining over the galaxy, Andor occurs after the Star Wars prequels, as well as Obi-Wan Kenobi. The events of Rogue One take place just ahead of the main trilogy in 0 BBY, so Andor will likely bring us right up to the movie.

As far as animated Star Wars projects go, Andor is more than a decade removed from The Clone Wars and The Bad Batch, both of which take place much earlier. Andor does overlap with Star Wars Rebels on the franchise’s timeline. Given that both shows focus on similar themes, that makes sense.

It’s unclear if Andor and Star Wars Rebels will have any on-screen overlap in the future, but the Rogue One prequel will have a huge impact on the Star Wars franchise either way. Fans already know how important Cassian Andor becomes to the rebellion’s efforts — and the trajectory of the original trilogy.

How the Disney+ series impacts the entire ‘Star Wars’ franchise

Given its place on the Star Wars timeline, Andor will have a ripple effect on the galaxy before it’s through — something we already know after seeing Rogue One and A New Hope.

Cassian Andor’s induction into the Rebel Alliance is an important moment in the Star Wars franchise, as he later contributes to Rogue One‘s mission to steal the blueprint for the Death Star. That blueprint makes its way to Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), impacting everything that occurs during the original trilogy.

And knowing all this, fans have an idea of where Andor is headed — though there will no doubt be surprises along the way. After all, Rogue One barely touches on the character’s history. As such, Andor will offer an all-new perspective on Diego Luna’s Rebel spy.

New episodes of Andor debut every Wednesday on Disney+.

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