The Skywalker saga is over, the Clone Wars animated series has come to an end (sort of), the Mandalorian is almost back for another season, and there will be no release date for Star Wars movies in the future. And now that weve been following Cassian Andor's adventures in the years leading up to him joining the Rebellion, there has never been a better time to catch up on everything about Star Wars.
How do I get to it? Before George Lucas released his prequel trilogy, Star Wars enthusiasts debated the order in which to devour the series. Now, with animated and live-action spinoffs, the proper way to watch the Star Wars saga is even more complicated. Here are a few different viewing orders to guide you, whether you're a long-time fan looking to revisit the films and shows or a newcomer in search of a Star Wars crash course.
Watching Star Wars in chronological order
This is how the Star Wars universe began on the BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) / ABY (After the Battle of Yavin) timeline. It starts with the earliest events and moves forward in time from there. A couple of these may happen simultaneously, but this is not our fault.
Watching Star Wars in Skywalker Saga order
This list uses A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back as prequel films and puts more emphasis on Luke Skywalker. By viewing the movies and shows this way, you will be aware of his family's origins.
This order differs from the Skywalker tale between Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi, but it gives you a much better perspective for Anakins' heroics during the Clone Wars and sets up his redemptive moment of siding with Luke over Emperor Palpatine. As you enter the new trilogy, it continues to place Luke at the center.
Watching Star Wars in ... galaxy brain order
This playlist is for anyone who have seen all of Star Wars enough times that they want to mix things up with a truly bizarre experience. It doesnt really complement any one character or storyline as much as the series as a whole. It should help you discover all of the minor references from one movie or show and connect them to the next, although youll probably miss a few.
The first few entries focus on the Rebellion. Then, at its lowest point, we turn sides to Anakin to see how he became Darth Vader and how the Empire gained control of the galaxy. After that, we see the Empire fall in Return of the Jedi and the aftermath in The Mandalorian and Book of Boba Fett.
The last weird part of this order is repositioning the new trilogy with Han as a more central figure. We see his family struggle in The Force Awakens, then recapture his backstory with Solo. This order transforms Luke giving Hans lucky dice to Leia in The Last Jedi into a slightly more significant event, and shows that this is Luke attempting to ameliorate some of the harm he caused to the Hans family.
Up until the Battle of Yavin planning meeting, watch Rogue One, watch the whole thing, and then return to the rest of A New Hope. This way, Rogue One plays a little like a heroic flashback for the Rebellion.
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