Editor’s Note: The following contains minor spoilers for Andor episodes 1-3.In a galaxy far, far away that continues to expand without any particular chronological order, it can be difficult to keep up with the setting of new content. Especially when the world has its own way of measuring time, which is not easily translated into the real world. But Disney is always sure to release the necessary information. Andoro centers on Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), a character familiar to fans after his appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Only a recognizable character can help place the series in the overall timeline, in this case that’s not the only thing. In the opening scene of this new addition to the Star Wars universe, an intertitle appears to be telling the audience that it is year 5 BBY. Of course, understanding what that means is another matter entirely. But it’s easy to see how things fall into the timeline once you learn the system.
What is BBY?
To understand the date, it is important to know the meaning of the abbreviation BBY. It stands for “before the battle of Yavin”. Dates in the Star Wars universe are measured in relation to this event. So each date will be followed by BBY or ABY (after the battle of Yavin). This is the center of the timeline for two reasons. One: it was a defining moment for the world of Star Wars. And two: all the fans are aware of it, whether they realize it or not.
The Battle of Yavin takes place during the original Star Wars movie, Star Wars: a new hope. It is sometimes called by the more descriptive name, the Battle of the Death Star. The battle ends with the victory of the rebels when Luke Skywalker (Marco Hamill) destroys the Death Star. The name Yavin comes from the site of the battle that occurred in a system of the same name. The rebel base from which the heroes took off was on a moon called Yavin 4, so there are many reasons why Yavin would have been the chosen name.
Andoro takes place five years before these events, which provides the general time frame between the original trilogy and the prequels. Honestly, even just that much is a significant help. But nowadays, a lot of Star Wars content takes place around that time, so when it is Andoro in relation to that?
When does Andor play out compared to Rogue One?
Obviously, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the most directly related to the new show, as they share a protagonist. The events of Thief One it happens in 0 BBY then Andoro begins five years before Cassian’s first introduction into the universe. Cassian has a lot to do before he becomes the passionate rebel Thief One and this series is meant to show that journey. With a second season of the show already confirmed, it’s unclear how long the Andoro the series will cover, but will be within the five-year window before Thief One.
Notably, 5 BBY is also the last time rogue ‘s Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) sees Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) Before Thief One. Their relationship is established Thief One on the go, joining Jyn and Cassian. Saw Gerrera appeared in the Andoro trailer, but don’t expect Jyn to appear with him because they fell.
When other Star Wars events take place
If you’re looking at relevance to other shows, it’s important to realize this Obi-Wan Kenobi, the last Star Wars series released on Disney + dates back four years earlier Andoro, in the year 9 BBY. The series follows Ewan McGregor‘s character across the galaxy on a rescue mission. Although the two series are unlikely to connect, as Kenobi must remain isolated, it shows how powerful the Empire is in the surrounding years went.
Solo: a Star Wars story is another Star Wars story that fluctuates over this time frame. The year is somewhat ambiguous, but judging from that of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) age, Solo it should be around 10 BBY. Slightly more removed from Andoro from Obi-Wan Kenobi but still close enough. Again, neither events nor characters are likely to overlap, but it provides context for the larger world Andoro and the environment in which Cassian grew up.
Andoro runs in conjunction with the animated series Star Wars: rebels. Somewhere in the far reaches of the galaxy, the young thief, Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray), joins the ghost’s crew at the same time Cassian joins the rebellion. This connection also serves to help understand where the rebellion is at the moment went. As seen in Star Wars: rebels, the rebellion is in his fantasy. Fourteen years after the rise of the Empire, the rebels are still learning to work together and become an organized movement, but they are progressing. Although they are small, they are not far from a time when they will pose a valid threat to the Empire. Andoro most likely, it will give more story at the start of the rebellion as the series continues. This means more familiar faces. Like Saw Gerrera, Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) will appear in the series as well as other leaders of the rebellion.
When are Cassian Andor flashbacks set?
The first three episodes of Andoro, include flashbacks to Cassian’s childhood. The date is not given directly, but given what is known about Cassian, it is not difficult to guess the time frame. Cassian should be 26 inches rogue, making it 21 inches went. Based on the appearance of the young Cassian, or Kassa (Antonio Vinac), is about 11 years old, which means that the flashbacks take place ten years before the main series. This places the flashbacks in around 15 BBY, though Cassian’s age may have changed for the series, as details given in Thief One they don’t seem to line up completely.
With only three episodes released, there is still little to do, then Andoro Creator, Tony Gilroy could reveal more in the series. Until then, fans will just have to wait for another episode to be released on Disney +.