Is Andor Before or After Rogue One? Explained

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One of the things that we know is that Andor is the story of Cassian Andor, who a lot of fans met during the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars, which is one of the most successful Star Wars movies of all time. In that regard, Cassian is an incredibly popular character, and a series that follows his story is only going to become a hit among those who enjoyed Diego Luna’s portrayal of the Rebel hero. But is Andor before or after Rogue One?

Andor certainly takes place before the events of Rogue One because Cassian and the rest of the crew of Rogue One died during the events of the movie. It was also made clear during the beginning of Andor that the series takes place in 5 BBY, which means that it is five years before the events of Rogue One.

The Star Wars timeline may seem a bit jumbled because there are some series and movies that aren’t released in chronological order. In that regard, there might still be some people wondering whether or not Andor takes place before or after Rogue One. That is why we are here to make sure that you don’t get confused in relation to when these events take place in Star Wars history.

When Does Rogue One Take Place?

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The fact that Star Wars is called “Star Wars” means that there is a huge galaxy that the series wants to explore in relation to the different characters that are in the galaxy. In that regard, Star Wars isn’t just about the Jedi and the Sith battling with their lightsabers because there are also a lot of different characters involved. That is where Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes in.

We learned in the very first Star Wars movie, which is Episode IV: A New Hope, that Leia Organa gave valuable data to R2D2 and C3PO so that they could carry it back to the Rebel Alliance. Of course, we also learned that this data was acquired by Leia through the efforts of some brave men that sacrificed their lives. And this data was in relation to the secret Imperial project called the Death Star, which is a massive space station that’s capable of obliterating a single planet in one shot.

Of course, it was explained in A New Hope that these plans were acquired by rebels that had to risk everything to get them. That is where Rogue One enters, as this movie is all about the crew that stole the plans for the Death Star so that the Rebels would have a fighting chance to destroy this seemingly indestructible space station that was the size of a moon.


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The story of Rogue One follows the story of Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor, who both lead a team of misfits in their mission to acquire the plans for the Death Star when they discover from an Imperial defector that the Empire was building such a structure. Of course, in Jyn’s case, this was personal because her father was the one who was forced to draw up plans for the Death Star, and that’s why she felt obligated to find a way to destroy it. Meanwhile, Cassian Andor was always a loyal member of the Rebel Alliance and was one of the best Rebel operatives.

As the events of the movie take place rather quickly, the crew of Rogue One is able to acquire the plans of the Death Star on the planet called Scarif. Jyn and Cassian were successful at transmitting the data to the Rebel Alliance ship Tantive IV, which was the very same ship that Leia Organa was on. 

But while the crew of Rogue One was successful in their mission, they all lost their lives. Jyn and Cassian shared a moment together when Scarif was made an example of by the Empire, as it was the first planet that was devastated by the power of the Death Star. Nevertheless, the Death Star plans made it to Tantive IV.

The ending of Rogue One actually directly connects to the first scene of A New Hope, as that was when Darth Vader boarded Tantive IV while Leia transferred the data to R2D2 and placed them on an escape pod, which landed on Tatooine. As such, Rogue One takes place just moments before the events of A New Hope, which was the movie where the Battle of Yavin began. 

As we all know, the Battle of Yavin is the “zero” year of the Star Wars universe in the sense that this event was used as the reckoning point for counting years. Because the Battle of Yavin happened during the events of A New Hope, which happens just right after the ending of Rogue One, there are probably only a few days in between Rogue One and the Battle of Yavin. And that means that Rogue One takes place during the zero year.

When Does Andor Take Place?

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Andor didn’t waste any time telling us that the series takes place on 5 BBY. For those who are confused, BBY means “Before Battle of Yavin.” So, that means that events with the BBY tag happened before the Battle of Yavin, with the number corresponding to how many years the event happened before the said battle.

So, because Andor takes place on 5 BBY, that means that it happens five years before the events of Rogue One. Of course, there are also flashback events that can be seen in Andor. These events take place during the time when Cassian was still a boy that was living on the forested and quite primitive planet of Kenari.


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While the series wasn’t quite vocal in relation to when these events take place, we can say for certain that those flashback events take place during the time of the Clone Wars, as the Separatists and the Republic were still quite active during that era. Of course, it is also worth mentioning that Cassian Andor has been fighting for a very long time, as he began during the time of the Clone Wars when he was a child soldier.

Is Andor Before Or After Rogue One?

At this point, it is already quite obvious that Andor takes place before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. To be more specific, the series takes place five years before Rogue One because it happens in 5 BBY, while Rogue One takes place right before the Battle of Yavin.

With that in mind, it is also quite obvious that Andor takes place before Rogue One. That’s because Cassian and the rest of the Rogue One crew died during the events of the Rogue One movie. Of course, it was also seen in the Andor series that the storyline follows a time when Cassian was yet to become a member of the Rebel Alliance.

As such, Andor is a prequel series to the Rogue One movie, which tells the story of the unsung heroes that dedicated their lives to making sure that the Rebel forces throughout the galaxy survive the perils of the Death Star.

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