The entire Star Wars fandom was rocked last week when rumors circulated online that Disney is toying with the idea of retconning the entire Star Wars sequel trilogy to make way for a potential reboot. The said rumor quickly spread like wildfire and earned mixed reactions from the fandom, mostly positive.
We hate to break it to the fans who are in favor of a reboot but that doesn't seem to be the case as Jon Favreau himself said in a recent interview that the sequel films — The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker are really crucial in developing stories for The Mandalorian, the series that arguably revitalized the entire franchise.
In a recent conversation with the Writers Guild of America West, the creator of the hit Disney+ series said that even though he and Dave Filoni are given much freedom with the show, they're still heavily influenced by existing Star Wars material and consider them. That, of course, includes the sequels.
Favreau explains: "We have a tremendous amount of freedom afforded to us because of the gap in time between the films. Dave Filoni and I are in constant discussion regarding how each story choice is impacted by and would impact, existing Star Wars material."
He added: "The Mandalorian inherits a great deal from existing Star Wars stories, and when I write, that context is always a consideration. It became clear that, within the established continuity, certain things were likely to transpire."
Favreau's remark came in just days before the rumors spread and it pretty much indicates that the sequel trilogy won't be erased from continuity. At the end of the day though, it's not up to him to decide what the creative direction for the franchise should be as Disney and Lucasfilm clearly have the final say about stuff.
The Mandalorian Season 3 is slated for release in 2022. Meanwhile, all episodes of the hit Star Wars spinoff series are available via Disney+.