‘The Mandalorian’: Every Reference of the Empire in Chapters 1 Through 6

Star Wars fans cannot stop talking about Disney+’s flagship series, The Mandalorian. It is now the most in-demand television show in the world, according to Parrot Analytics. It is full of action-packed adventure, and an adorable little creature fans are calling, “Baby Yoda.”

The series is set five years after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi and 25 years before the rise of the First Order, which is entirely in control by the time The Force Awakens begins. Viewers want to know what happened between the fall of the Empire and the start of a new one? Let’s take a look at every Empire reference and what it means.

The Mandalorian Cast
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‘The Mandalorian’ Chapter 1

The first to mention the Empire is The Mandalorian himself (Pedro Pascal).

“I don’t know if you know this, but the Empire is dead,” he says to Greef Carga (Carl Weathers), the head of the Bounty Hunters’ Guild.

Carga tries to pay Mando in Imperial credits, but its no longer a widely accepted form of currency. Later on in the episode, we see the Client (Werner Herzog) with a massive hoard of beskar stamped with the Imperial Seal. So, this transaction indicates that the Empire tried to kill off the Mandalorians because they should not have that metal.   

‘The Mandalorian’ Chapter 3: The Sin

There are no mentions of the Empire in chapter 2; however, chapter 3 makes up for that. Star Wars buffs rejoiced that they got more information on the beskar.

“These were cast in an imperial spelter,” a fellow Mandalorian chastises Mando. “These were cast in the great purge. Our world was shattered by the Empire with whom he shares a table.” 

“The empire is no longer, and the beskar has returned,” responded the Armorer (Emily Swallow).

We confirm our suspicions from chapter 1 with this interaction. The Empire attempted to eradicate the Mandalorians. 

“They work for the empire, what are they doing here?” Mando asked Greef Carga.

“The empire is gone, Mando,” responded Carga. “All that are left are mercenaries and warlords, but if it bothers you, just go back to the core and report them to the New Republic.”

In conclusion, this scene establishes the New Republic as the ruling body and confirms that the battle of Yavin was, in fact, the demise of the Empire.

‘The Mandalorian’ Chapter 4: Sanctuary

In Chapter 4, Mando has a run-in with Cara Dune (Gina Carano), a former mercenary. We find out that she was part of the Republic’s clean up after the battle of Endor at the end of The Return of the Jedi. They sent her in to kill scattered Imperial remnants. 

After destroying all traces of the Empire, her role transitioned into “a glorified bodyguard for diplomats,” she told Mando. “I went into early retirement.”

This explanation is also vital for Star Wars buffs because it completes the timeline of the fall of the Empire. 

‘The Mandalorian’ Chapter 5: The Gunslinger

Chapter 5 brings fans back to the familiar planet of Tatooine. Mando walks by an array of Storm Trooper helmets on spikes. This small clip shows that the people have not forgotten about the atrocities of the Empire.

Previously, the Empire came looking for Luke and destroyed entire towns in A New Hope, so the residents could not be happier that the Empire fell. 

‘The Mandalorian’ Chapter 6: The Prisoner 

In the latest installment of The Mandalorian, there are minimal references to the Empire except for a few witty remarks.

Fans are reminded of the haphazard shooting habits of stormtroopers when Mayfield (Bill Burr) reassures the rescue team that he “wasn’t a stormtrooper, wise-*ss.” 

Mayfield was a former Imperial sharpshooter and is quick to point out that he is infinitely more skilled than an average stormtrooper. 

The Mandalorian series is continuing to fill in the details between the second and third sets of the Star Wars Trilogies. Catch the final two episodes of The Mandalorian Season 1 on Wed. Dec. 18, and Fri. Dec. 27.