Jon Favreau continued to let Star Wars viewers know that The Mandalorian will not change “established lore” of Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy.
In a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment discussing the third season of The Mandalorian with Dave Filoni, Favreau was asked, “Jon, you recently described Season 3 as a middle chapter to a much larger story. Do you guys have any idea…?”
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Favreau responded, “The middle chapters to a much larger story. Well, I think middle might mean I hope I do a lot more. So hopefully it’s the middle. Maybe it’s the beginning of a larger story.”
Filoni then said, “You could see it either way. It’s a bit puzzling that way.”
Favreau then said, “We know we’ve got about 30 years to play in the sandbox before we have established lore.” That established lore is Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy.
This isn’t the first time that Favreau has indicated the show would be leading into Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy. The head writer of The Mandalorian originally teased fans on Instagram sharing a mock opening scrawl that read, “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order.”
It continued, “We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic….”
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While promoting the first season of the show to Entertainment Weekly back in September 2019, Favreau told the outlet the series planned to explore the early days of the First Order.
He said, “Also, what could happen in the 30 years between celebrating the defeat of the Empire and then the First Order? You come in on Episode VII, [the First Order are] not just starting out. They’re pretty far along.”
Favreau would add, “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.”
Back in January 2021 he was asked by the Writers Guild of America if he had the appearance of Luke Skywalker planned from the beginning.
Favreau responded, “No. The story unfolded as I wrote it. The Mandalorian inherits a great deal from existing Star Wars stories, and when I write, that context is always a consideration. It became clear that, within the established continuity, certain things were likely to transpire.”
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Next, Favreau was asked, “Are you concerned, having placed the story right in the midst of the saga, with the latest films having revealed Skywalker’s future, that you’re at all penned in narratively?”
He answered, “We have a tremendous amount of freedom afforded to us because of the gap in time between the films. Dave Filoni and I are in constant discussion regarding how each story choice is impacted by, and would impact, existing Star Wars material.”
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More recently he was asked by Moovy TV, “You spoke about needing to have a team to keep track of all this continuity that you got going. Is it a challenge also as a storyteller knowing where this universe, this galaxy of Star Wars is like 20, 25 years down the road in terms of the sequel trilogy and having to match up with that?”
Favreau replied, “Yeah. It’s a little closer than that now. We’ve been on the air a little bit.”
“It’s interesting because, you know, what’s come before, and then in our time period there’s also been extended universe fiction,” Favreau continued. “There’s characters that have been slowly introduced in [Star Wars Rebels] like Thrawn. So there’s a lot of stuff that’s in canon like canon proper. But I think there’s different tiers of things.”
What do you make of Favreau’s latest comments regarding The Mandalorian leading to Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy?
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