THE MANDALORIAN: Dave Filoni Suggests That The Show Might Be Set Before The STAR WARS REBELS Finale

The Mandalorian takes place after Rebels... right? Well, in a new interview, Dave Filoni addresses that Thrawn tease by suggesting that the show may be set before the events of his series finale...

This past Friday's episode of The Mandalorian was jam-packed with big reveals and teases for what's to come on the Disney+ series, with one name-drop in particular catching the attention of Star Wars Rebels fans.

After Ahsoka Tano disarms Morgan Elsbeth, she mentions the Magistrate's "master" Grand Admiral Thrawn, which obviously suggests that we will see the blue-skinned villain's live-action debut at some point - though that might not play out the way fans will be expecting. 

During today's interview with Vanity Fair, Dave Filoni mentioned Tano's "larger mission," seemingly referencing Ahsoka joining forces with Sabine Wren to track down Thrawn and Ezra Bridger in the Star Wars Rebels season finale. However, things might not be that simple!

In an addendum to the VF piece, Filoni was asked about that Rebels epilogue and how it relates to what we saw in "The Jedi," and he gave a very interesting response.

"It's an interesting one… That's not necessarily chronological. 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."

It may be possible, but is it likely? We reckon Filoni may simply be attempting to throw fans off the scent here, but that obviously remains to be seen.

What do you guys make of Filoni's comments? Drop us a comment in the usual place.

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