Andor season 2 release date, cast plans, and what we know so far

AndorThe first season of came to a close with a fantastic ending and a funeral that was both heartbreaking and inspiring. But with the show’s first 12 episodes now completed, it’s already time to look forward to season 2. Cassian has all but officially joined the rebellion, which means there’s a lot of ground to cover in the show’s final 12 episodes as he grows his role in the Rebel Alliance.

We’ve known for some time that Cassian Andor’s journey from young thief to rebel hero would span two seasons and 24 episodes, but how those episodes unfolded has remained a mystery. Thankfully, after the first season concluded, Tony Gilroy sat down with Polygon to offer some insights into the show’s second season, without revealing too much of Cassian’s backstory.

[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for Andor season 1 and hints about the events of season 2.]

AndorCassian’s first season brought Cassian to the brink of rebellion as he pledged to give his life to the cause. Gilroy wanted this to be the driving force behind season 1 as the show examined what might make someone dedicate their life to a cause like rebellion.

“This first half was about him becoming a revolutionary and committing to it, and kind of marrying into it, and sort of taking a blood oath,” Gilroy told Polygon in an interview.

But now that Cassian seems to have found his new home with the future Rebel Alliance (at least if his encounter with Luthen is any indication), his next step is to rise through the ranks and rise in prominence. After all, the entire season is leading directly to A rogue onein which Cassian is a trusted and important member of the rebellion.

“Cassian’s commitment to the cause is not in doubt. If it was about him becoming a revolutionary, the second half was about him becoming a leader,” Gilroy said.

To bring it to this point, Gilroy says so Andor season 2 will follow a fairly similar structure to season 1.

“We are about to skip an entire year. We go back a year later, a lot of things have changed,” Gilroy said. “And we’re going to do three episodes, and we’re going to skip a year. three days before one rogue, and the final scene of the show will accompany you A rogue one.”

Now instead of Cassian’s journey to rebellion, Andor will give us a glimpse into the journey of the Rebel Alliance itself. While the Rebels have always been Star Wars’ standard version of the good guys – brave people willing to resist the Empire’s fascist regime – the series has rarely taken the time to look at what the actual human cost of rebellion might look like. a galaxy-wide scale. And while AndorSeason 1 of has already scratched the surface of that topic, Gilroy says season 2 will dive right in.

“So what we’re doing is, we’re showing in a very different way now – it’s not about becoming a revolutionary. He’s looking at how the Alliance itself is going to pressure people,” Gilroy explained. “Are you in? Or are you out? What happens to the original gangsters, Saw Gerreras and Luthen Raels? How hard is it to build a coalition? opportunity to play.So it’s still a show about ordinary people making incredible decisions in tough times.

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