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The Timeline of the 'Star Wars' Skywalker Saga

ZachPerilstein ZachPerilstein Disney Reporter From The Phantom Menace to The Rise of Skywalker. Every major moment you need to know about in anticipation of the final film in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace poster
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace poster

Anakin Skywalker reveals C-3PO to Padme and R2-D2. This would be the first interaction between the droids that would come to be major players within this saga.

Obi-Wan Kenobi battles Darth Maul after Maul mortally wounds Kenobi's master Qui-Gon Jinn. Obi-Wan ends up killing Darth Maul (or so we think). With his last dying breath, Qui-Gon asks Obi-Wan to train Anakin Skywalker.

Palpatine becomes Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine

Attack of the Clones

Attack of the Clones
Attack of the Clones

Anakin Skywalker is instructed to protect Padme Amidala.

Shmi Skywalker (Anakin's mother) is killed by Tusken Raiders. This causes Anakin to show his dark side. Something that is obviously revisited...

Plans for the Death Star are delivered to Palpatine.

The Clone Wars begins.

Anakin marries Padme in secret
Anakin marries Padme in secret

Anakin marries Padme in secret. Their witnesses are C-3PO and R2-D2.

Revenge of the Sith

Revenge of the Sith
Revenge of the Sith

The creation of the Empire.

Anakin turns to the dark side. Obi-Wan defeats Anakin on Mustafar.

Luke and Leia are born in secret. Shortly after their birth, Padme dies. Bail Organa takes Leia. Luke is sent to live on Tatooine.

Order 66 happens and the Jedi Order is destroyed.

Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi go into hiding. (Sidenote: The Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+ may fill in the gaps here).

Anakin becomes Darth Vader.

Solo

Han Solo.
Han Solo.

Han Solo's first chronological appearance.

Han meets Chewie and Lando. Han also reunites with his childhood friend Qi'ra, who seems to be working for the dark side.

Darth Maul returns as the head of the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate.

Darth Maul returns.
Rogue One poster
Rogue One poster

The rebels hatch a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star.

Rebels
Rebels

Characters like Jyn Erso, Cassian Endor, K-2SO, Chimrut Imwe, and Baze Malbus are introduced. R2-D2 and C-3PO make a cameo.

Incredible Darth Vader sequence happens.

It ends with the escape of Princess Leia Organa. Rogue One ends right when A New Hope begins.

A New Hope

Star Wars: A New Hope poster
Star Wars: A New Hope poster

Luke Skywalker begins his journey in learning the force.

Luke along with his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi

The original cantina scene with Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, and Chewbacca

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader have a lightsaber rematch. This time Darth Vader wins. Luke Skywalker loses his mentor.

The Death Star destroys Alderaan (the home planet of Princess Leia Organa). Her adopted father Bail Organa dies.

The Rebels blow up the first Death Star.

The first Death Star blows up
The first Death Star blows up

Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes Back

Luke meets Yoda!

Leia confesses her feelings for Han Solo before he's frozen in carbonite.

Darth Vader reveals that he is Luke's father.

Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi
Return of the Jedi

Yoda passes away.

Darth Vader kills the Emperor.

Luke and Leia are revealed to be twins.

Darth Vader dies but he is redeemed.

The Empire is defeated (or so we thought).

The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Poster
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Poster

30 years later after the Rebels defeated the Empire. A new threat has risen from the ashes of the Empire. Leia Organa now leads a Resistance against this evil force.

Rey, a scavenger, befriends a droid BB-8, and a former Stormtrooper in Finn. The three fly the Millennium Falcon off of Jakku.

Rey and Finn meet Han Solo and Chewbacca.

The Republic is destroyed.

Ben Solo, the son of Han and Leia, is now Kylo Ren.

Han Solo reunites with Princess Leia and C-3PO.

Kylo Ren kills Han Solo.

Rey finds Luke Skywalker

The Last Jedi

The First Order continues to take out the Resistance.

Rey convinces Luke Skywalker to train her. Luke isn't thrilled about it. He's bitter and devastated after Ben Solo went to the dark side. Luke fears Rey contacting Kylo Ren.

Yoda pays a visit to Luke Skywalker.

Kylo Ren kills Supreme Leader Snoke.

Luke reunites with Leia. Luke comes out of hiding on Ahch-To. Luke confronts the First Order. He gets into a fight with Kylo Ren by using force projection.

Luke Skywalker vs Kylo Ren

Luke dies in the act against Kylo Ren but his decision to confront Kylo Ren gives the Resistance enough time to escape.

The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ in theaters December

A year after The Last Jedi

Rey, Poe, Finn, and General Leia Organa are down in numbers compared to the sinister First Order. Will the Resistance inspired by Luke Skywalker's sacrifice finally bring peace and balance to the galaxy?

The ancient battle between the Jedi and the Sith will finally reach the end as the past and the present collide.

Now we wait for the end of the saga. May the force be with us.

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