Editor's Note: The following excerpts cover basic spoilers for Episodes 1-3 of Andor. In a faraway galaxy that keeps expanding in no particular chronological order, it can be difficult to keep up with new content. Especially when the world has its own way of calculating time, which isn't easily translated to the real world. However, once you understand what that means, things will fall into the timeline.
What Is BBY?
The BBY abbreviation is important to understand the date. It refers to the Battle of Yavin. Thus, every date in the Star Wars universe will be ranked according to this event. This is the center of the timeline for two reasons. One: it was a crucial event for the world of Star Wars. Two: all fans are aware of it, whether or not they realize it.
The Battle of Yavin is depicted in the first Star Wars film, Star Wars: A New Hope. It is sometimes referred to as the Battle of the Death Star, or Yavin, because the battle ended in victory for the rebels when Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) destroyed the Death Star. There are many reasons why Yavin is the chosen name.
Andor is set five years before these events, allowing for a general timeframe between the original trilogy and the prequels. Honestly, even that little helps a lot. But nowadays, quite a lot of Star Wars content takes place in that time, so when is Andor in relation to that?
When Does Andor Happen Like Rogue One?
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the most direct connection to the new series, as both have a leading man. Andor begins five years before Cassian's first introduction to the universe. This series is expected to spend some time before Rogue One.
5 BBY is the last time Rogue One's Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) sees Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) before Rogue One. Their connection sets Rogue One into motion, unifying Jyn and Cassian. Saw Gerrera is the focus of the Andor teaser, but don't expect Jyn to meet him as they have broken up.
When Do the Other Star Wars Events Take Place?
Obi-Wan Kenobi, the last Star Wars series released on Disney+, is four years after Andor, in the year 9 BBY. The series follows Ewan McGregor's character through the galaxy on a rescue mission, but it does demonstrate how powerful the Empire is in the years preceding Andor.
Another Star Wars story is floating around this time frame. The year is somewhat ambiguous, but judging by Han Solo's age, he should be around 10 BBY. Again, neither the events nor the characters are likely to overlap, but it provides context for the larger world of Andor and the environment Cassian has grown up in.
As the series progresses, Andor will most likely, introduce other familiar faces to the rebellion. Like Saw Gerrera, Mon Mothma (Genevieve O'Reilly) will also appear in the series.
When Are Cassian Andor's Flashbacks Set?
The first three episodes of Andor have flashbacks to Cassian's childhood. The date isn't given directly, but given what is known about Cassian, it's relatively easy to guess the timeframe. Based on the appearance of young Cassian, or Kassa (Antonio Vina), he is about 11, meaning the flashbacks take place ten years before the main series.
There is still plenty of work to be done, so Tony Gilroy, the series' creator, may reveal more. Fans will only have to wait for another episode to be released on Disney+.