What does BBY mean in Andor? Star Wars time period explained

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*Warning: Small spoilers ahead for Andor*

After the likes of The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the newest Star Wars series, Andor, has a darker and more sinister story than its live-action TV counterparts, leaving in the light of his heart. of the past.

The grizzly voice of the spymaster is not the only departure from Star Wars tradition as the series is also the first to introduce his time on screen, something that has never been done by the Star Wars movies before.

In the opening moments of the first episode of Andor, the words “BBY 5” appear on the screen as the titular character arrives on the rain-soaked planet but what does the symbolism mean in in the Star Wars galaxy?

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What does BBY mean in Andor?

BBY means ‘Before the Battle of Yavin.’

The Battle of Yavin is the name given to the attack on the Death Star in A New Hope which serves as a central point in the Star Wars timeline.

The pre-Battle of Yavin clue is a way to help define when certain events take place in the Star Wars timeline.

Although Andor is set before the Battle of Yavin, the Star Wars timeline also includes events that take place after the Battle of Yavin, denoted by ABY.

This system is the same as our international symbols for years, BCE/CE and BC/AD.

Andor © Lucasfilm | Disney+

Andor’s timeline

As Andor’s opening episode makes clear, the series begins in 5 BBY, five years before the events of A New Hope and, more importantly, Rogue One, the film where we meet Cassian Andor.

The series begins in a dark time across the galaxy as the Empire has reigned for 12 years now and is at the peak of its powers.

In its two confirmed seasons, Andor is set to chronicle Cassian’s journey as he grows from a ruthless thief to a hero of the Rebellion.

According to Andor creator Tony Gilroy, the first season of the series will cover one year of Cassian’s story, while the second season will fast forward four years to Rogue One .

Andor © Lucasfilm | Disney+

While the other Star Wars movies and series are taking place

To help put Andor’s location into perspective, here’s the location of every Star Wars movie, TV series and recent video game related to the Battle of Yavin.

  • The Phantom Menace | 32 BBY
  • Attack of the Clones | 22 BBY
  • The Clone Wars | 22 – 19 BBY
  • Price of the Sith | 19 BBY
  • Bad Deposit | Beginning in 19 BBY
  • Jedi: Fallen Order | 14 BBY
  • Single | 13 – 10 BBY
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi | 9 BBY
  • Rebellion | 5 – 0 BBY
  • Andorra | Beginning in 5 BBY
  • Rogue One | 0 BBY
  • A New Hope | The Battle of Yavin
  • The Empire Strikes Back | 3 ABY
  • Return of the Jedi | 4 ABY
  • The Mandalorian | It begins in 9 ABY
  • The Book of Boba Fett | 9 ABY
  • The Force Awakens | 34 BBY
  • The Last Jedi | 34 BBY
  • The Rise of Skywalker | 35 BBY
Andor © Lucasfilm | Disney+

Andor is available to stream now on Disney+ after its release on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

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