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Dave Filoni Says The Mandalorian May Take Place Before Star Wars: Rebels’ End (Spoiler)

December 1, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
The Mandalorian Season 2

WARNING: Spoilers follow for last week’s episode of The Mandalorian.

Following last week’s big reveal on The Mandalorian executive producer Dave Filoni has weighed in on where the show fits within continuity with Star Wars: Rebels. As fans know by now, Rosario Dawson appeared in the episode as Ahsoka Tano, the Togruta Jedi who appeared in both Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Ahsoka reveals in the episode that she is hunting for Grand Admiral Thrawn, who also appeared in Rebels, and Filoni told Vanity Fair that the chronologies of the two shows may overlap a bit.

“That’s not necessarily chronological,” Filoni said of the epilogue of Rebels, where Ahsoka teams with Sabine to search for Ezra who vanished along with Thrawn. “I think the thing that people will most not understand is they want to go in a linear fashion, but as I learned as a kid, nothing in Star Wars really works in a linear fashion. You do [Episodes] Four, Five and Six and then One, Two, and Three. So in the vein of that history, when you look at the epilogue of Rebels you don’t really know how much time has passed. So, it’s possible that the story I’m telling in The Mandalorian actually takes place prior to that. Possible. I’m saying it’s possible.”

The Mandalorian airs on Disney+, with episode six of season two coming this Friday.