BEFORE A NEW HOPE
Anakin Skywalker’s old Clone Wars apprentice Ahsoka Tano (who went AWOL before the end of that show) becomes a key leader in the proto-Rebel Alliance, codenamed “Fulcrum”.
The Emperor unleashes a load of Dark Side-sensitive lackeys called “Inquisitors” to eliminate any Jedi who evaded Order 66. Darth Vader is also involved in the hunt.
Ahsoka eventually works out that the guy in the black suit with the heavy breathing is her former master.
While they were eventually replaced by the inferior Stormtroopers, some Clone Troopers (led by good old Captain Rex) survive in hiding.
Geonosis, the setting of the final battle in Attack Of The Clones, is now devoid of life – all those bug guys (led by Poggle the Lesser) were wiped out by an Empire sterilisation programme.
The first Death Star was built in orbit around Geonosis.
Darth Maul is still alive, and hanging around on an old Sith World called Malachor.
Despite his past allegiances, he’s in the mood to kill some Sith. You can’t trust ’em…
Star Wars Rebels hero Ezra Bridger finds a lightsaber with a similar design to Kylo Ren’s.
Vader: always lurking.