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Here’s a Simple Star Wars Timeline Before The Rise of Skywalker Ends the Skywalker Saga

With J.J. Abrams Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker a month away, we are nearing the end of a very long, truly epic saga. This would be the Skywalker Saga, of course, which began when George Lucas introduced the world to Luke, Leia, Han and an entire galaxy of droids, aliens, and heavy breathing Sith Lords with Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope in 1977.

Since then there have been nine feature films (including the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker), two spinoffs, and a bunch of TV series that have been set all over the Star Wars timeline. We’ve now got Disney +’s brand new The Mandalorian as the first-ever live-action Star Wars series (with more to come) and a theme park that’s considered to be a part of the proper Star Wars canon. This means it’s tricky to have a solid grasp of the timeline.

Here, then, is a simple, straightforward attempt to make the chronology a little simpler for you. If you’re eager to see The Rise of Skywalker but not a full-blown student of this ever-expanding galaxy, this list puts things in their proper order. Note, all of the below are officially considered a part of the Skywalker Saga canon.

Age of Republic

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (Feature Film, directed by George Lucas)

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (Feature Film, directed by George Lucas)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Animated TV series)

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (Feature Film, directed by George Lucas)

After Revenge of the Sith, you have two Star Wars installments happening concurrently: The Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney + and Solo: A Star Wars Story, a feature film directed by Ron Howard.

After these on the timeline, you have two more simultaneous installments: The Untitled Cassian Andor series for Disney +, and Star Wars: Rebels, an animated series.

Age of Rebellion

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (Feature Film, directed by George Lucas)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Feature Film, directed by Gareth Edwards)

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Feature film, directed by Irvin Kershner)

Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi (Feature film, directed by Richard Marquand)

The Mandalorian (Live-action series from Disney +)

Age of Resistance

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Feature film, directed by J.J. Abrams)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Feature film, directed by Rian Johnson)

Star Wars: Resistance (Animated TV series)

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (Disneyland theme park that is considered ‘in canon’)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Feature film, directed by J.J. Abrams)

For more on The Rise of Skywalker, check out our breakdown of the final trailer, the final trailer itself, our break down of a bunch of new images, and a look at Rey and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)’s complicated relationship.

Featured image: Daisy Ridley is Rey and Adam Driver is Kylo Ren in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. Courtesy Lucasfilm/Walt Disney Studios

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