Star Wars Movies In Order: Watching By Release Date And Chronologically

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The Star Wars universe is infinite, as one can easily tell from the countless movies and TV shows dedicated to offering the saga’s complete story. There is a lot to catch up on, whether you watch these Star Wars projects on physical media, digitally or streaming them with a Disney+ subscription. but how does one follow the timeline?

Well, you could either enjoy all of the Star Wars movies and TV shows in order by their original release date, or you could trace the entire Skywalker Saga (as it has come to be referred to) in chronological order. In our opinion, however you choose to experience this enduringly popular, action-packed and inspiring story should mainly depend on your familiarity with it.

If You Have Not Seen The Star Wars Movies And TV Shows Before

If you happen to be among the Younglings who still have much (or all there is, more accurately) to learn about Star Wars, don’t worry. We won’t judge you. However, we do believe that the best way to finally become a fan of the saga is to experience it the same way most die hard fans have: watching the films and TV shows in the order they were released. 

If You Have Seen The Star Wars Movies And TV Shows Already

For those who have received the proper training to almost be called a Jedi Master (translation: “already watched all of the Star Wars movies and TV shows released so far”), perhaps it is time, if you have not already, to experience the saga in its “proper” form. Try reliving all of the most exciting key moments of the long-running franchise in chronological order. This will certainly help you become a master of following the continuity, which can be tricky unless you look through our guide below.

Star Wars Movies And TV Shows In Order By Release Date

Allow us to explain the proper order of all the older and latest Star Wars movies and TV shows confirmed as canon, so far, as clearly as possible for you, here. First, however, we will list all titles in the order of their release, for those who may prefer to experience the full saga that way. 

  • Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
  • Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-2020)
  • Star Wars Rebels (2014)
  • Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Star Wars Resistance (2018-2020)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
  • The Mandalorian (2019-Present)
  • Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021-Present)
  • The Book of Boba Fett (2021-2022)
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022)  
  • Andor (2022-present)
  • Star Wars: Tales Of The Jedi (2022-present)
  • Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures (2023)

Star Wars Movies And TV Shows In Chronological Order

SPOILER WARNING: Do you have a bad feeling about this article – particularly that we will give away crucial details about the entire Star Wars franchise on screen? You would be correct in trusting that instinct, as we will be getting into spoilers beyond this point. If you are not caught up on all the movies and TV shows in the timeline, proceed with caution and may the Force be with you.

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Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures (2023)

Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures’ placement in the canon is debatable since this is a show geared towards preschoolers. However, assuming everything that happens within it can be officially placed on the timeline, then this is the earliest entry yet when it comes to Star Wars movies and TV shows. Young Jedi Adventures is set during the High Republic era, i.e. hundreds of years before the main Star Wars movies, and focuses on Yoda training a group of younglings in the ways of the Force. It first launched with a series of shorts on YouTube, and then the entire first season dropped on Disney+ May 4th, 2023, with the show also getting a weekly rollout on Disney Junior.

Young Count Dooku in Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi

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Star Wars: Tales Of The Jedi (2022)(Count Dooku's Story)

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi is an outlier in the Star Wars saga because as an anthology series, it not only follows multiple characters, but also explores numerous time periods. As such, the show itself doesn’t have one dedicated spot on the Star Wars timeline, so it’s best to break it down by each character’s story. 

For the most part, Count Dooku’s Tales of the Jedi story (which raises a big question about Yoda) in Season 1 is set prior to The Phantom Menace, with Star Wars fans following along with the character as a younger man in his Jedi Knight days and eventually taking on Qui-Gon Jinn as his apprentice, and eventually learning how he became disillusioned with the Jedi Order. That being said, the story does chronicle events that happened after the first Prequel Trilogy installment, with Dooku learning about Qui-Gon’s death and cementing his status as Darth Sidious' apprentice.

Liam Neeson in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

The origins of George Lucas’ Skywalker Saga (before it was even collectively referred to  by that name) were revealed in its “first” episode. Set years before the events of the 1977 original, the first chapter of the Star Wars movies’ prequel trilogy depicts a more peaceful time in a galaxy far, far away, but not for long.

After Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) narrowly escape the hostility of an evil trade federation, they must then aid the planet of Naboo by protecting their queen (Natalie Portman), which takes them to Tatooine, where they meet a boy named Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd). The Jedi take him under their wing, believing him to be destined to bring balance to the Force. They will one day be proven right, but not in the sense they anticipated.

Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones (2002)

Ten years after defeating Darth Maul (Ray Park) to avenge the slain Qui-Gon Jinn at the conclusion of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan Kenobi is now a Jedi Knight training a grown, sand-hating Anakin Skywalker (recast with Hayden Christensen) as his padawan in the second chapter of the Star Wars movies prequel trilogy. Following a failed assassination attempt on Senator Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), Obi-Wan investigates the matter and discovers a secret army of clones modeled after Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison), a bounty hunter with a son named Boba.

Meanwhile, Anakin finds himself falling in love with Padmé, despite the Jedi’s forbiddance of romance. The pair visit Anakin’s home planet to find his mother dead, igniting a murderous hunger for vengeance against the Tuscan Raiders who killed her. Fortunately, the story concludes with Anakin and Padmé returning to aid Obi-Wan and Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) in a civil war within the Galactic Republic. After seemingly defeating the manipulative forces of the Sith once again, Anakin and Padmé wed – the only witnesses being their trusted droids C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker).

Cad Bane, Anakin Skywalker, and Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-2020)

The continuation of a theatrical film that expands the history of the Clone Wars, this acclaimed animated Star Wars TV show takes place between the events of Episode II and Episode III. Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, Anakin Skywalker, and his new apprentice Ahsoka Tano are among the many Jedi battling against the Separatist droid army.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars also marks the unexpected return of Darth Maul, who is now a partially mechanical being after his natural bottom half was claimed by Obi-Wan in Episode I. The series also includes other established characters from previous Star Wars movies and TV shows, and paves a clearer path between the Prequel Trilogy and the original films by deeply exploring the much-referenced Clone Wars. It also introduces several now fan-favorite characters, like the ruthless bounty hunter Cad Bane.

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Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith (2005)

Three years into the Clone Wars, Jedi Knight and soon-to-be father Anakin Skywalker’s commitment to the Light Side hangs by a thread as Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) slowly and insidiously lures him to the Dark Side. He shows his allegiance to the Sith by helping Palpatine (revealed to be Darth Sidious) wipe out the Jedi – even the younglings – under his new title: Darth Vader. 

Obi-Wan reluctantly defeats Vader, leaving him burned by lava and legless, but fails to foil the Sith’s overtaking of the Galactic Republic, now reformed into an empire. Vader is given a mechanical suit that helps him breathe and walk, but immediately after, he learns that his wife Padmé has died giving birth to twins – a boy and a girl she named Luke and Leia. The twins are separated, with Leia adopted by Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) on Alderaan and Luke sent to live with his aunt and uncle on Tatooine, where Obi-Wan promises to keep close watch over the boy.

Ahsoka Tano holding green lightsaber in Tales of the Jedi

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Star Wars: Tales Of The Jedi (2022)(Ahsoka Tano's Story)

It’s not possible to put Ahsoka Tano’s Tales of the Jedi story in a solidified spot on this list. We go from seeing her being born, to her Force abilities awakening as an infant, to being put through a rigorous training exercise by Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars, to hiding from the Empire in the aftermath of Order 66 and being forced to battle an Inquisitor. 

So because Ahsoka’s story stretches as far as immediately after Revenge of the Sith, that’s the safest place to put it on here. Just know that you’ll really be following along with her across the entire span of the Prequel Trilogy, and a little into the Empire’s early reign.

Omega, Wrecker, Hunter and Tech in Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2

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Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021-Present)

Set during the aftermath of the Clone Wars, this Disney+ original animated series follows a group of genetically engineered clone troopers, all of whom are played by prolific voice actor Dee Bradley Baker. Struggling to understand why they, unlike everyone else of their kind, sided with the Jedi, they embark on a quest to learn the truth.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch is co-created by The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett co-executive producer Dave Filoni with Star Wars Resistance writer Jennifer Corbett, along with Brad Rau serving as supervising producer. It is a unique and exciting follow-up to the acclaimed Star Wars: The Clone Wars series featuring appearances by a few fan favorite characters, such as Fennec Shand and Cad Bane, during Season 1. 

Season 2 premiered on January 4, 2023, with the first two episodes taking place at Count Dooku's castle. The season wrapped up on March 29 with another Jango Fett-related twist, and soon after it was announced that the show will return in 2024 for a third and final season.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Set a decade or so into the First Galactic Empire’s rule, Solo: A Star Wars Story follows young aspiring pilot Han (Alden Ehrenreich) whose dream to leave his home planet takes him on a journey involving tours with the Imperial infantry, smuggling an energy source called coaxium for crime syndicate Crimson Dawn, and making the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs.

We also learn how Han was given his last name, how his ability to speak Wookiee earned him the respect of the pit beast who almost killed him named Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), that his former girlfriend Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) turned out to be an employee of Darth Maul (Ray Park), and managed to claim the Millennium Falcon by beating Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) in a card game. So essentially, everything you may or may not have needed to know (or already did know from previous Star Wars movies) about Han Solo is revealed.

Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tattoine in Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022)

In this Disney+ exclusive series also set a decade or so after the Galactic Empire’s rise, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor, reprising the role for the first time since Revenge of the Sith) now goes by “Ben” on Tatooine – where he still keeps a close eye on young Luke Skywalker (Grant Feely), much to the chagrin of his protective uncle Owen (Joel Edgerton) and aunt Beru (Bonnie Piesse). Despite having little hope for or interest in the growing resistance, he is forced to rediscover his warrior ways when Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) informs him that his adoptive daughter, Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair), has been kidnapped.

However, the kidnapping is a trap set by the ruthless inquisitor, Reva (Moses Ingram), in hopes to earn the respect of Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen), whom she is secretly seeking vengeance against for murdering younglings like her years earlier. Struggling to ensure Leia’s safety and that of the resistance fighters he received help from along the way, Kenobi realizes he must face Vader himself in a shocking, deeply sorrowful duel. Reva also rediscovers her own goodness by sparing the life of her enemy’s young biological son, Luke, whom Kenobi also gets to officially meet for the first time before being reunited with the Force Ghost of his slain master, Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson).

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Star Wars Rebels (2014)

Yet another animated Star Wars TV show to bridge the gap between subsequent films of the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars Rebels sees the Galactic Empire at the peak of its rule. As it increases its efforts to hunt and eliminate the last of the Jedi Knights in hiding, a rebellion begins to take form.

This Emmy-nominated series follows a crew previously unfamiliar to the Star Wars universe who take it upon themselves to stand up against the Empire. This ensues much death-defying conflict against a few of the saga’s most iconic figures. Some of Rebels' important characters also go on to appear in Disney+'s live-action Star Wars shows, including The Mandalorian and the upcoming Ahsoka.

Diego Luna in Andor.

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Andor (2022-present)

Beginning 15 years after the rise of the Empire, the Disney+ show Andor points the spotlight on Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor, who goes on to play an important role in Rogue One. While we know how Cassian’s story ends, Andor winds the clock back to show how the former thief became involved with the Rebel Alliance. This series also features Mon Mothma, one of the Rebellion's key leaders, in a prominent role, but the majority of the series’ characters are brand-new to a galaxy far, far away. This includes Adria Arjona's Bix Caleen, Stellan Skarsgård's Luthen Raeland even Andy Serkis returning to the franchise as Kino Loy following his time in the Sequel Trilogy as Snoke.

Andor is created by Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote Rogue One with Chris Weitz. Season 1 finished in November 2022 and it will return for a second and final season, which showrunner Tony Gilroy expects will premiere in late 2024. Among the things we know about Andor Season 2 is that it will cover the entire four years leading directly into Rogue One.

The crew from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

In this prequel to the original Star Wars movies trilogy disguised as a spin-off, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) has been on her own since childhood after her scientist father (Mads Mikkelsen) was forced to abandon his family to assist the Galactic Empire. Years later, she reluctantly joins a ragtag group of rebels at an especially pressing time for its cause.

After Jyn discovers that her father had intentionally designed a moon-sized weapon for the Empire with a debilitating flaw, her newfound sense of hope inspires her to pass the information to the resistance, which sets in motion the rebellion’s most important mission yet: steal the plans to the weapon, known as the Death Star. Jyn and her crew, spontaneously dubbed “Rogue One,” all lose their lives in honor of the mission, but not before successfully intercepting and transmitting the Death Star plans to the rebellion’s ally, Princess Leia Organa.

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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Picking up immediately after the events of Rogue One, Star Wars: Episode IV , which recently turned 45 years old, sees Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones with David Prowse in the suit) and the Empire threatened by “a new hope” as droids C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) escape to Tatooine to deliver a message from Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) to Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi (Alec Guinness). They cross paths with an aged Ben through their new owner, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who then discovers he is a Jedi with abilities passed down from his father, Anakin Skywalker. 

They then enlist Millennium Falcon pilot Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his Wookiee companion, Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), to rescue the princess and bring her to the safe hands of the Rebel Alliance. Despite losing Obi-Wan to a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, the crew succeeds and joins the Rebel Alliance in a battle that results in the destruction of the Death Star. Luke, Han, Chewie, C-3PO, and R2-D2 are rewarded by Leia for their efforts in defiance of the Empire.

R2D2, C3PO, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher in The Empire Strikes Back

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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The Rebel Alliance suffers the Empire’s vengeful attack at their headquarters on the ice planet of Hoth in the set up for the Star Wars movies’ first sequel that continues to chronicle the war for peace across the galaxy. Luke Skywalker flees with R2-D2 to Dagobah to seek Jedi training from Master Yoda (Frank Oz) while Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO seek refuge at Cloud City – governed by Han’s old acquaintance Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams).

Unfortunately, the rebels are thwarted by the Empire, who freeze Han in carbonite, before Darth Vader confronts Luke to reveal that he is truly his father in an attempt to lure him to the Dark Side. Luke escapes and reunites with Leia and the surviving rebels, pondering an uncertain future to their cause.

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

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Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

After successfully rescuing Han Solo from crime lord Jabba the Hutt, Luke Skywalker completes his training at Dagobah as the Rebel Alliance prepares an attack on the almost rebuilt Death Star and the Empire awaits the arrival of the Emperor (Ian McDiarmid). Han and the others travel to Endor, where they befriend the native Ewoks, in hopes to disengage the Death Star’s shield generator. While there, Luke reveals to Leia that they are siblings and the biological children of Darth Vader before leaving to confront the Sith lord in hopes to bring him back to the Light Side.

The Emperor taunts Luke, weighed down by the threat looming over his friends, but his attempt to lure him to the Dark Side is stopped by a sudden change of heart in Darth Vader, who kills the Emperor, leading to his own death. Luke escapes the Death Star before the Rebels successfully destroy it, securing the end of the Empire’s rule and inciting a celebration on Endor where Luke sees that his father’s Force spirit lives on beside Yoda and Obi-Wan.

Din Djarin in The Mandalorian.

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The Mandalorian (2019-Present)

Set between the fall of the Empire and the rise of the First Order, creator Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian follows a bounty hunter, named Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal). After rescuing an infant with great, forgotten power (who later comes to be known as Grogu), he takes an oath to make sure that he stays out of harm's way. 

By the end of Season 2 of the Disney+ series, "Mando" is forced to say goodbye to Grogu and leave him in the care of Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, who becomes his trainer. Along the way, Mando becomes acquainted with allies who teach him about the foundling's abilities – namely Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) – and fellow bounty hunters – including Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) – who teach him things about Mandalorian culture he never knew before. 

The Mandalorian Season 3 premiered on March 1, and along with Din and Grogu being paired back together following the events of The Book of Boba Fett (which will be discussed in the next section), other notable events included Zeb from Star Wars Rebels popping in, Grogu showing off a powerful Force move in the finale and, most importantly, the various Mandalorian sects putting aside their differences and coming together to retake Mandalore.

Although it hasn't been officially announced yet if The Mandalorian will return, there's been enough chatter about Season 4 that it stands to reason it's on the way. Plus, don't forget that Dave Filoni is directing a Star Wars movie that will connect the New Republic era-set Disney+ shows, so it's a safe bet Din Djarin and Grogu will be involved.

Boba Fett facing down adversaries in Mos Espa

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The Book Of Boba Fett (2021-2022)

More a continuation of The Mandalorian's second season than a spin-off, Disney+'s The Book of Boba Fett sees Temuera Morrison reprising the role, now as the central character... for the most part. The series reveals how the former bounty hunter survived the Sarlacc pit, became acquainted with his companion, Fennec Shand (Ming-na Wen), and adopted a somewhat more peaceful philosophy after establishing kin with Tusken Raiders. 

As a crime lord, he struggles to make a difference in the town of Mos Espa on Tatooine, which eventually leads him to enlist Mando's help against a crime syndicate associated with his former mentor, Cad Bane. In the process of defeating the syndicate, Mando is also reunited with Grogu after the youngling chooses to be with his surrogate father instead of continuing his Jedi training with Luke Skywalker. 

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Star Wars Resistance (2018-2020)

The now (mostly) peaceful galaxy is hanging by a thread when a new threat emerges. The First Order seeks to reclaim rule of the Republic in the name of the fallen Empire. Disney Channel's animated Star Wars TV show follows a young resistance pilot tasked with investigating the First Order in hopes to defend the galaxy before once again succumbing to the authority of the Dark Side. Like The Clone Wars and Rebels, Resistance is a Star Wars show that both kids and adults can enjoy.

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Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

Years after the First Order has assumed dominance, resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) leaves a map leading to an exiled Luke Skywalker with trusted droid BB-8 before he is captured by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). A stormtrooper (John Boyega) helps Poe escape, earning the nickname Finn, but crash lands on Jakku, where BB-8 has befriended abandoned scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley). They flee Jakku using the Millennium Falcon, whose previous owners, Han Solo and Chewbacca, find them and accompany them to the planet Takodana, where Rey is kidnapped by the First Order. 

Luckily, the others are rescued by Poe and taken to a resistance base led by General Leia Organa, who sends Han and Finn to the Starkiller Base to rescue Rey. For the first time since he turned to the Dark Side and became Kylo Ren, Ben Solo sees his father, Han, and kills him in an effort to prove his worth to the First Order. After the resistance destroys the Starkiller Base, Rey travels to find Luke in hopes to begin her Jedi training and enlist his help in defeating the First Order.

Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)

Rey receives Jedi training from the reluctant Luke Skywalker, whose failure to save Kylo Ren from the Dark Side has, essentially, rendered him hopeless. Meanwhile, as the First Order tracks the Rebellion by hyperspeed, Finn teams up with mechanic Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) in a search for a codebreaker who may be of great help.

After learning that Luke tried to kill Ben Solo due to his dark tendencies, Rey flees and is captured by Ren, where the unlikely duo combine efforts against Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), only to depart when Ren admits he was hoping to rule the First Order with her. The Rebel Alliance takes refuge at Crait, where Luke’s force projection faces off against Ren. The battle weakens the Jedi Master to death, but helps Rey escape Crait with the resistance, who now face an uncertain future.

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Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise Of Skywalker (2019)

In the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga (or so it is promised), we learn the First Order has been secretly run the whole time by Palpatine. Not only that, but the revived emperor also turns out to be the grandfather of Rey, who has worked to complete her training with Leia Organa. Unfortunately, Leia later succumbs to illness while Rey is dueling with Kylo Ren in the remnants of the Death Star.

In the end, Rey is able to defeat Palpatine and destroy the First Order with the help of a reformed Ben Solo, who also dies after using the Force to resurrect Rey after she initially succumbs to her own exhausted power in battle. The surviving rebels, including Lando Calrissian, celebrate their victory as Rey returns to Tatooine where she buries Luke and Leia's lightsabers and assumes Luke’s last name as her own – hence the title, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

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Star Wars: Visions (2021-present)

The reason Disney+’s Star Wars: Visions is at the bottom of the list is because most, it not all of the stories told within this animated anthology series aren’t canon. Visions provides an opportunity for animators around the world to leave their distinct stamp on the franchise without needing to worry about continuity. The first season was comprised of all anime short films, while Season 2, which premiered on May 4th, 2023, delivered offerings in different animation styles in various other countries. So no need to worry bout slotting Visions into the timeline; these shorts can be watched whenever you feel like it.

So there you have it: the entire timeline of the main Star Wars saga as told through its many canon movies and TV shows in their proper order. However, keep in mind, this story is far from over, so keep visiting CinemaBlend for the latest and greatest news on upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows.

Adam Holmes
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