The Mandalorian’s Time Period
First off, it’s probably worth quickly rehashing how time is measured in the Star Wars universe and where exactly The Mandalorian falls in that timeline. The Battle of Yavin in the original Star Wars is treated as the franchise’s watershed moment. Everything is measured in terms of BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) and ABY (After the Battle of Yavin).
The Mandalorian Season 2
The Mandalorian: Season 1 is set in roughly 9 ABY, or about five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. We don’t know exactly how much extra time has elapsed in Season 2, but it doesn’t appear that more than a few months have gone by. Were we to hypothetically see iconic characters like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in the series, they wouldn’t look much older than their circa-1983 selves. Of course, that’s a big reason why we’ll probably never see these characters on the show, unless Lucasfilm makes the decision to recast those roles.
How Old Is Boba Fett?
Because only there are only about 19 years of time separating the prequel and original trilogies, a lot of Star Wars characters aren’t as old as you probably assume them to be. Case in point: Despite the fact that Sebastian Shaw was in his late 70s when he played the unmasked Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi, the character himself was only 45 when he died. The Dark Side takes a heavy toll on your skin.
Boba Fett is definitely in this camp. He’s only about 41 years old in the era of The Mandalorian. Boba was born in 32 BBY, the same year as the events of The Phantom Menace. Based on what we’ve learned of this period, Boba was created in a lab on Kamino alongside the rest of the initial batch of Clonetroopers. But unlike his “brothers,” Boba ages at a normal rate. So while most of the surviving clones have probably died of old age by the time of The Mandalorian, Boba Fett is only just entering his 40s.
If Boba looks far older than 41 in the final shot of the Season 2 premiere, that’s probably thanks to spending some time in the belly of the Sarlacc. His body still carries the burns and scars of that ordeal and probably always will.
How Old Is Bo-Katan Kryze?
Bo-Katan’s age is a little harder to pin down, as we don’t know when exactly she was born. In fact, little is known about her early life until she joins Pre Vizsla’s Death Watch faction in 21 BBY, at the height of the Clone Wars. Bo-Katan is an adult and a seasoned combat veteran at this point, so we’d assume she’s at least in her early-to-mid-20s.
Based on that, Bo-Katan is at least in her 50s when she appears in The Mandalorian: Season 2, if not even older. The character doesn’t necessarily look that old, particularly since actress Katee Sackhoff is only 40 herself. Maybe Bo-Katan is actually younger than we realized in her Clone Wars appearances, or maybe Bo-Katan is extra diligent about dyeing her hair to keep that vibrant red sheen.
How Old Is Ahsoka Tano?
Fans of The Clone Wars had better get used to the idea of seeing Anakin Skywalker’s former Padawan playing the role of the grizzled, battle-hardened warrior in The Mandalorian. Ahsoka Tano was born in 36 BBY, making her about 14 when she first debuts in The Clone Wars theatrical movie. Applying that math to the time period of The Mandalorian, Ahsoka will be around 45 when she makes her series debut.
It remains to be seen just how the series will interpret Ahsoka’s look for live-action. But given that she’s a Togruta, and the fact that most alien species in the Star Wars universe seem to have longer lifespans than humans, Dawson’s Ahsoka should still be in her physical prime. The real question is whether The Mandalorian will connect the dots to Ahsoka’s cameo role in The Rise of Skywalker. Is she truly dead by that point in the timeline, or is she the one living voice among a sea of dead Jedi?
Other Rebels Characters
While no other veterans of The Clone Wars or Rebels have yet been announced, it’s not exactly a stretch to assume we’ll see more returning characters besides Bo-Katan and Ahsoka. Here’s a breakdown of where some of those players land in the timeline.
Hera Syndulla is only seven years younger than Ahsoka, having been born in 29 BBY. That would make her about 38 during the time of The Mandalorian. And given that her ship The Ghost is present during The Battle of Exegol, it’s probably safe to assume she’s still very active during this period.
iZombie actor Rahul Kohli has been going out of his way on social media to create the impression he’s been cast as Ezra Bridger. It may all be a big joke, but assuming it’s not, he’ll be giving fans a much older and more seasoned version of Ezra than the one seen in Rebels. But it makes sense. The character was born in 19 BBY at the very dawn of the Empire, making him 28 in the era of The Mandalorian.
We’re speculated Sabine Wren may be the next Rebels character to appear in The Mandalorian. Sabine is only two years older than Ezra, making her around 30 in this period.If Ezra does appear, we have to assume Grand Admiral Thrawn won’t be far behind (since both characters were last seen being dragged to the far end of the galaxy in the finale of Rebels). His age is much harder to place, both because he’s non-human and we don’t know when exactly he was born or how old he is in Rebels. The best evidence we have is the novel Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising, which takes place mostly during 19 BBY and shows Thrawn’s rise through the ranks of the Chiss military. The character is probably in his mid-to-late 20s at that point, so that could put Thrawn in his 50s during The Mandalorian. Not a bad age for a high-level Imperial officer.
Then there’s the question of Captain Rex. Like Boba Fett, Rex was created in 32 BBY, so he would also be around 41 during The Mandalorian. However, Rex is a bit of a strange case. Post-Clone Wars, Rex joins the Rebel Alliance and remains active all throughout the Imperial era despite the prior reveal that clones have artificially accelerated lifespans. Rex has even been retconned into the events of Return of the Jedi, as it turns out he was one of Han Solo’s Rebel troops on Endor. At this point it’s hard to say if he or any other Clonetrooper would still be alive five years later. We may yet learn Rex was somehow able to remove the accelerated aging effect baked into his clone DNA.
For more on The Mandalorian’s recent reveals, learn more about why some Mandalorians can’t remove their helmets and see the essential Clone Wars and Rebels episodes for catching up on Bo-Katan’s story.
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