One of the things that we know about the Star Wars universe in Disney+ is that it all started with The Mandalorian, which stars Din Djarin as the titular character. Of course, the newest series to hit Disney+ is Andor, which tells the story of Cassian Andor, who we met during the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Considering that Din Djarin is the most popular Star Wars character on Disney+, does that mean that he is also in Andor?
It is unlikely that Din Djarin will be in Andor because his timeline is totally different from Cassian Andor’s story. It was only during the final years of the Empire that Din Djarin fully became a Mandalorian, and he rose to prominence after the fall of the Empire. Andor takes place five years before the Battle of Yavin.
While there are a lot of similarities between the backstories of the Mandalorian and Cassian, it is unlikely that Din Djarin will be in the newest Star Wars series about the hero of the Rebellion. Nevertheless, not having a familiar face in Andor will allow us to appreciate the series more without having to expect old characters to help carry the show. That said, let’s look at whether or not the Mandalorian will be in Andor.
Is The Mandalorian In Andor?
There are a lot of different stories that the entire Star Wars lore can tell because Star Wars is a huge franchise that has a rich story full of different characters. In that regard, Andor is the newest story that Lucasfilm wants to tell as it is about the early life of Cassian Andor before he became a hero of the Rebellion during the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Of course, we all know that the very first Star Wars series to hit Disney+ is The Mandalorian, which has had two successful seasons and is looking to capitalize on its third season, which will be released in 2023. And the fact that The Mandalorian is so successful was what allowed Din Djarin, the titular Mandalorian character, to become quite famous.
Ever since Din Djarin rose to prominence, Lucasfilm has made it clear that a good part of the Disney+ lineup of shows will include the titular Mandalorian. That’s why we saw him in The Book of Boba Fett as one of the primary characters alongside Boba Fett himself. And it is actually possible that he will appear in the upcoming Ahsoka series, given the fact that they take place in similar timelines and that Din Djarin and Ahsoka Tano are friends and allies.
Now, with that said, we all know that Andor will revolve around Cassian Andor’s story before he becomes a Rebel hero. But, considering that Din Djarin is quite popular, does that mean that the Mandalorian is also in Andor?
At this point, we are yet to see the Mandalorian in Andor, and we are not even sure whether or not he will be in the series. That’s because the first three episodes of Andor focused heavily on Cassian’s life on Ferrix and how he left the planet to pursue an entirely different life from his days as a scavenger.
Can We Expect The Mandalorian To Appear In Andor?
While we haven’t seen the Mandalorian in Andor, and we aren’t even sure whether or not he will be in the series, we also don’t expect Din Djarin to be in this storyline as well. And it is important for you to understand the different timelines of these two different shows to get why it is unlikely that the Mandalorian will be in Andor.
The Mandalorian takes place on 9 ABY, which is nine years after the events of the Battle of Yavin and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It was during that time that Din Djarin, the titular Mandalorian, rose to prominence as arguably the best bounty hunter in the galaxy. And it was only after the fall of the Empire that he became a known bounty hunter.
Before he rose to prominence as a bounty hunter, Din Djarin spent his days with the Children of the Watch, which is a sect of Mandalorians that stayed on a planet called Nevarro instead of on Mandalore. As such, he wasn’t in Mandalore during the Great Purge of Mandalore, which happened during the time of the Rebellion. At that time, Din was yet to receive his Mandalorian helmet, as he only became a full-fledged Mandalorian during the final years of the Empire.
As such, he was able to make a name for himself as a bounty hunter right after the fall of the Empire on 4 ABY. Since then, he spent the next five years building his name up until he became a successful bounty hunter by the time The Mandalorian series began on 9 ABY.
On the other hand, Andor takes place before Rogue One and the Battle of Yavin, as it is set on 5 BBY. That means that the series takes place 14 years before the events of The Mandalorian. And at that time, Din Djarin was still getting trained by the Mandalorians on Nevarro.
So, considering that the two series have different settings, it is unlikely that Din Djarin will appear in Andor, considering that the titular Mandalorian character is yet to become a true Mandalorian during the setting of Andor. There might be a lot of similarities between the two characters (such as losing their parents and getting adopted), but they both belong in different timelines in the Star Wars canon.
Nevertheless, it is still possible that a Mandalorian or a group of Mandalorians will appear in Andor. That’s because, during this time, Mandalore was occupied by the Empire, but there were Mandalorian resistance groups that were fighting the occupation of the Galactic Empire on their planet. For example, Bo-Katan Kryze, the leader of the Mandalorian resistance group that fought the Empire during the Rebellion, was quite active during that time, as we saw during the events of Star Wars: Rebels.
That means that there is a good possibility that there will be Mandalorians in Andor, especially if Cassian runs into them in his fight against the Empire. But it is highly unlikely that Din Djarin will be in Andor, considering that there are 14 years between the events of Andor and The Mandalorian.