The Mandalorian takes place a few years after the events of Return of the Jedi, so it’s safe to say it take place in the Original Trilogy era. What’s interesting is that showrunner Jon Favreau wants the show to have references from all three Star Wars eras including the prequel and sequel trilogies.
When asked by EW about the possible appearance of Legends characters like Mara Jade and Thrawn showing up on The Mandalorian, Favreau commented:
“I don’t want to talk about anything that might be fun for people to discover. We do have conversations. Part of what’s fun to see if we could merge the worlds of the original trilogy, the prequels, the sequels, The Clones Wars, and what’s been considered canon up to this point and what’s been considered part of Legends. I think this show offers an opportunity to bring in all those elements so no matter what your flavor of Star Wars ice cream you like there will be something to enjoy. But you’re asking the right questions.”
For now, the only things we’ve seen so far a closer to the original trilogy, what with the bounty hunters and old Imperial remnants. It was said before that the show would hint at the upcoming rise of the First Order, but I don’t think we’re actually going to see the organization come to full form in the show. Heck, they were a complete secret come the start of Star Wars Resistance.
As far as prequel connections go, I think there’s a chance that the actual Mandalorian clans could make an appearance, but I’m hoping that we could get an appearance of some rogue Jedi. How about a crazy and cynical Mace Windu? Sam Jackson has said he would like to come back; how about one guest appearance?
Catch The Mandalorian on Disney+ when it launches on Nov. 12.