After an intriguing start, which we appreciated in a separate review , Tony Gilroy’s Andor series has confidently accelerated – it realized the potential inherent in the first episodes and even exceeded bold expectations. Season 1 of the show formed a well-thought-out portrait of a man who survived terrible upheavals and instead of a self-centered lifestyle chose the path of fighting tyranny.
“Andor” turned out to be perhaps the most “down to earth” and realistic project in the entire “star” franchise – not only because of the absence of Jedi and Sith juggling lightsabers. Gilroy’s work comprehensively shows the life of people during the period of tyranny, the gradual strengthening of the Resistance, the beginning of the formation of the Alliance, capable of challenging the cruel Empire. At the same time, “Andor” does not primitivize the struggle between the two sides, does not bring it to the classic battle of “good good” and “bad evil”, but shows how the resistance themselves decide to take tough and sometimes cruel measures to achieve their goals.
Thoughtful portrayals and storylines of characters, masterfully written dialogues and beautiful monologues, apt details, including, for example, details of the work of the bureaucracy of the Empire, the harsh atmosphere of the brewing revolution and the brilliant work of the cast, especially Diego Luna, Stellan Skarsgård and Andy Serkis, come together in an exceptional for the Star Wars universe. Tony Gilroy has managed to create one of the best prequels in the film and TV industry and the most complex, adult and uncompromising story of the “star” franchise.
Having paid tribute to the amazing work of Tony Gilroy and his team, then we will analyze the events of the season 1 finale with spoilers, and also try to predict what awaits us in Andora season 2.
Mon Mothma: From the Senate to the Rebel Alliance
In order to get the support of Davo Scanlan with the financing of the Resistance, Senator Mon Mothma in the season 1 finale of Andora nevertheless agreed to the condition of an influential and dishonest businessman – the union of his son and daughter Mon. In season 2, the heroine Genevieve O’Reilly will have to leave the position in the Senate, which allowed her to secretly help the Resistance, because she is one of the founders of the Alliance to Restore the Republic.
Given that Mon’s daughter and husband did not appear in the Star Wars films, it can be assumed that a dramatic event will happen in this family in season 2. There is a possibility that Mothma and her loved ones will finally quarrel, as the heroine Genevieve O’Reilly will have to devote even more time to the fight against the Empire. Or the war against tyranny will claim the lives of Mon’s family, forcing her to completely abandon her official position in the Senate and openly join the Resistance.
Cassian Andor – becoming a hero of the Resistance
Having put loved ones on a space ship after the confrontation between the inhabitants of Ferrix and the Imperials, in the finale of episode 12 of season 1, Cassian comes to Luten Rael, offering to kill him or make him part of the Resistance. From the smile of Stellan Skarsgard’s character, inspired by Maarva’s speech and remembering the true reasons for his struggle, one can understand that he will be glad to make Andor an ally in the war against the Empire. It turns out that the entire season 1 was devoted to how Cassian’s life shocks and the horrors he saw prompted him to make a conscious choice to join the fight against tyranny. Season 2 of Andora will show how the hero Diego Luna will become an important part of the Resistance and one of its leaders.
Formation of the rebel base on Yavin 4
Part of season 2 of Andora will be devoted to the formation of a secret rebel base on the Yavin 4 satellite . There, Andor can meet with his Ferrix loved ones, including Bix Kalin. Her condition after the torture of the Imperials remained very difficult, but in the final 12 series, she still came to her senses a little. There is a feeling that Bix will gradually be able to recover during season 2, even if the recovery process will not be easy for her.
Forming a rebel base will most likely involve finding important weapons, transportation, information, and strengthening ties with future allies. Fortunately, the Resistance has a good amount for the purchase of weapons and spaceships after the robbery of the Imperials. Without a doubt, in season 2, the Resistance members should find out about the Death Star, which will make them pretty worried.
Season 2 of Andor should see a transition from a covert struggle between the Resistance and the Empire to a more active phase of open confrontation. Therefore, it is likely that there will be more fight scenes in the sequel. Of course, Andor and his associates will be searched for by the forces of the Empire and, it is possible, bounty hunters. So the survival of the Resistance fighters will become even more stressful.
It can be assumed that in season 2 of Andora, Cassian will take the time to find his sister, which he was forced to put on hold. It will be funny if the continuation of the series confirms the theory that Dedra Miro is Andor’s sister after all.
The fate of Luton Rael
In season 2 of Andor, Luton Rael is supposed to become a sort of mentor to Cassian and guide him into the world of the Resistance. However, the absence of Skarsgård in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Stories” (2016), unfortunately, hints that Rael will die in the continuation of the Tony Gilroy show. This death should become heroic, which is what such a thoughtful and talentedly executed character deserves, embodying an uncompromising struggle against tyranny. There is a possibility that Luton Rael will die while trying to get key information about the Death Star from the Empire.
Imperial Union: what awaits Dedra Miro and Cyril Karn
In the final episode 12, Cyril Karn rescues Dedra Miro during the riot on Ferrix. The violent reaction of the heroine Denis Gough hints that in season 2 of “Andora” she may open up to the character of Kyle Soller. Perhaps their timid connection will develop into a romantic relationship, but it is highly likely that this couple will cooperate on an official level and will not give up trying to find Andor and his associates in the Resistance.
Who else could be in Andor season 2?
In the next series of Andora, Bail Organa, one of the founders of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, may appear. It would be logical to show the engineer and scientist Galen Erso, played by Mads Mikkelsen, who took part in the creation of the Death Star and appeared in the movie Rogue One. Together with him, in Season 2, Andora may introduce Admiral Orson Krennic, played by Ben Mendelsohn, who is in charge of advanced weapons research, into the story. The powerful Imperial Thrawn can also look into the series’ sequel and show off his impressive abilities in suppressing the Resistance.
And don’t forget about the Imperial droid K-2SO, which will be reprogrammed by Andor in Season 2 to help the Resistance. Back in season 2, Ahsoka Tano, an important person for the rebel movement, as well as her ally Hera Syndulla, can get a small cameo.
In what period of time will the events of the 2nd season of Andora take place?
The entire plot of the debut season of Andor was within 1 year, its events took place five years before what we saw in the movie Rogue One. In turn, every 3 episodes of season 2 will highlight one year from Cassian’s life to show the remaining four years – so the continuation scenario will be more dynamic. The plot of Season 2 will end shortly before the start of the events of Rogue One.
What was shown in the scene after the credits of the 12 series “Andora”
In the post-credits scene of the final episode of the season, we are shown the Death Star orbital battle station. We are shown how a huge-scale murder weapon is being built from parts made by Andor and other prison inmates.
The sad irony is that it is the Death Star, which Cassian unwittingly had a hand in creating, that will claim his life, as the plot of the film Rogue One showed.
When will Andora Season 2 be released?
Season 2 of the great Tony Gilroy series is already in development, but has yet to receive an official release date. At the moment, it can be assumed that Andor season 2 will be released no earlier than the beginning of 2024, since the filming of the sequel started in mid-November.