It doesn’t feel that long ago that Diego Luna’s idea came up Villain One character Cassian Andor getting a solo series felt strange. But the past two months and change, Andor has proven to be a pretty good show. Not just “great for Star Wars,” but legit awesome in a way that would make it easy to forget you’re watching a prequel about a man destined to eventually die as part of a greater effort to save the galaxy.
Andor was commissioned for two seasons from the jump and showrunner Tony Gilroy has been up front on how the second season in particular will play out in the past lead directly go inside Villain One. But the recent season one finale, the incredible ‘Rix Road’ uses the final moments to really clarify what’s in store for Cassian and the rest of the show’s main cast.
After Cassian commits to joining Luthen’s rebel cause, the post-credits scene for “Rix Road” shows the Death Star in active production. In addition, it is made using the assembled machines that Cassian and his fellow inmates had to work on during the “Narkina 5arc, meaning that Cassian essentially created the means for his own destruction.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gilroy explained how the continued assembly will be a “looming threat” and drive the show in the future. The next season, he said, “is about who picks up the last breadcrumbs that go to the beginning of . . Villain One. […] Cassian knows something, but he’s looking for answers.’
One thing he’ll never know, Gilroy added, is that he had a reluctant hand in the device’s creation. Likewise, the filmmaker said the show will not create any new scenes within the film’s time frame, and will progress “linearly” through the film. “[The show’s end will] be him who walks out to get on the ship and go thither. So we won’t go into that Villain One.” Cassian and his team fully discovering what the Death Star is will not be modified by the show’s existence, nor will his introduction in that film remain intact.
For season one of Andor even airing, it was reported that season two would be spread over four years, with every three episodes covering one year of the titular hero’s life. When asked, Gilroy described the timeline of those arcs as “super condensed. […] They will not be scattered.” While there will be some focus on what happened between those time jumps, he described the second season as more focused compared to the first.
What that means for Cassian as a character, Gilroy shared Weekly entertainment that we will see him grow into his leadership role, eventually assembling a team to steal the Death Star plans. “He has to work his way through the Luthen experience and the benefits and disasters that comes with that and that relationship,” Gilroy said. “Our show will end in Yavin and he will walk out and he will be there to be the man who gives his life.”
Much of season two will also see these disparate rebel factions coming together for something greater. This is something that the first season touched on briefly in Luthen’s scenes Gerrera seen, who has no love for other Rebel cells attacking the Empire. Season two aims to further expand that tension between those groups, and it will fall on Cass to help everyone come face to face.
“How do you handle when your company is paranoia?” Gilroy asked. “How do you work together when paranoia and secrecy are your product? … And how does the empire exploit those differences?” In the midst of it all, the season will feature “all the relationships and all the love and all the betrayals” that defined some of the season’s quieter, strongest moments. But one thing that is not in question is Cassian’s loyalty to the cause. “He’s in, he’s committed. So now it’s what do you do with it?
from Andor first season is now fully available on Disney+.
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