More specific question:

Han and Leia "returned" to what they do best as a coping mechanism for their son (Ben is his name, I believe?) turning to the dark side and starting the New Jedi Massacre. Han back to being a smuggler, Leia back to being a politician-general-freedom-fighter-leader.

Relative to the founding of the Resistance, did that happen before or after?

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    He's still working on it, apparently.
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 2:16
  • I suggest looking at this theory and it's answers. There DVK-in-exile also answered the question which matches his answer here.
    – Chris
    Commented Feb 29, 2016 at 11:00
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    Look , I am not supposed to tell anyone this, but it was when I was in high-school. I was dating this real evil chick and she was heavily into S&M (That is where I got my helmet from). Anyway, it was around that time when she kept on stepping on my lightsaber.
    – KyloRen
    Commented Oct 8, 2016 at 6:30

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It's not known just how long has passed, and based on below, looks like won't be known till more canon is released.

But Pablo Hidalgo in a tweet indicated that it was probably less than 14-15 years, because Academy Attack (which was, presumably, soon after Ren's Dark Side turn) was less than that.


Alberto Sanz ?@Skysawyer 22 Dec 2015
@pablohidalgo Do we know when the Academy attack happened in the timeline? 14-15 before TFA perhaps?

Pablo Hidalgo
@Skysawyer Let's not call it a 'Jedi Academy.' But it wasn't that long ago. Timeline will be told through stories, not tweets. :)



Audrey ?@natallianovna 22 Dec 2015
@pablohidalgo wait just to clarify, do you mean that it was more recent than 14/15 years ago?

Pablo Hidalgo
@natallianovna Yeah. It was more recent than that.

Additional probable evidence: Rey is 19 in TFA, and sees herself in flashback as a ~5YO being abandoned. Again, making squishy assumptions, if she was abandoned around the time Ben turned, that looks like ~14-15 years ago. Definitely far from firm or conclusive.

However, take that with a grain of salt - he COULD have turned earlier and hid it. Or turned, left the Academy, spent time training with Snoke, THEN came back and killed everyone. We simply don't know.

Usual disclamer: Hidalgo's twitter account, as usual, has a disclaimer "Don't cite tweets as canon." - and reinforces the reluctance to discuss THIS fact with "Timeline will be told through stories, not tweets". Caveat Emptor.

  • So I guess the best we can glean from this is that it's most probably discussed in planned-but-as-yet-unreleased lore? Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 2:24
  • @thegreatjedi - THAT, we can definitely assume to be true Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 2:25
  • Also, we don't have a first clue when Resistance was started, as of yet :( Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 3:32

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