The Mandalorian will explore the origins of the First Order, particularly how the state of the galaxy allowed them to rise to power. In just a couple of months, Star Wars will finally make the leap to live-action TV with The Mandalorian, a Disney+ original series set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It introduces a collection of new characters to the franchise, taking viewers through the galactic underworld and examining the complicated profession of bounty hunting.
As many Star Wars fans know, The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, meaning there’s a lot of territory for Lucasfilm to explore. While it sounds like The Mandalorian won’t be directly connecting to the Skywalker saga, it would be impossible for it not to touch on certain aspects. For example, remnants of the fallen Empire are very present in the show, and it looks like The Mandalorian may address how the First Order came to be.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, director Dave Filoni and executive producer Jon Favreau both took time to better contextualize the series, explaining that, while the First Order won’t necessarily be as imposing as they are in The Force Awakens, audiences will begin to understand how they ascended to power.
“…What could happen in the 30 years between celebrating the defeat of the Empire and then the First Order?” Favreau teased. “You come in on Episode VII, [the First Order are] not just starting out. They’re pretty far along… So somehow, things weren’t necessarily managed as well as they could have been if [the galaxy] ended up in hot water again like that.”
“This doesn’t turn into a good guy universe because you blew up two Death Stars,” Filoni said. “You get that the Rebels won and they’re trying to establish a Republic, but there’s no way that could have set in for everybody all at once…you’re out on the frontier and there might be Washington and they might have some marshals, but sometimes good luck finding one.”
Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. The series debuts Nov. 12 on Disney+, the same date as the streaming service’s official launch.