When Rogue One hit theaters, it set a level still unsurpassed in the Star Wars universe. Without many “fun” distractions, the film explores a suggestion from 1977 original, where in a few lines the rebels who stole the Death Star plans are mentioned. Exciting, surprising, and respectful, the feature is one of the Top 3 in the entire franchise.
Among inclusive and multiracial characters, we find Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), a rebel mercenary who is a profound antihero. Deservedly, it won its series on the Disney Plus platform, and in its debut season, it presents us with the entire trajectory of Cassian, a suffering emigrant who, against his will, became a hero and rebel.
The Andor series reaches the conclusion of the first stage this week, getting better with each episode. Tense, dense, and well-written, the series brings characters with dimension, contradiction and richness. Showrunner Tony Gilroy, who signed Rogue One, confirms himself as one of the best names in the Star Wars universe. And he promises that the conclusion will be epic.
The first 10 episodes showed us Cassian turning into a leader. According to Tony, the next stage of the series (scheduled for 2023), will also surprise. “It will be very different. The next four years [of history] are not about becoming a revolutionary. They’re about learning to be a leader and how hard it is to assemble the alliance and what happens to people who are the original gangsters versus the establishment and a lot of other different issues… be really satisfying,” he told Rolling Stone.
Over the course of the season, we’ve seen how other leaders like Luthen (Stellan Skarsgård) and Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) took risks to organize opposition to the Empire. Cassian has been identified by Luthen, but it has yet to connect him with the Rebellion and the final two episodes should show his involvement.
“We won’t leave you with a cryptic ending. I hope [episodes 11 and 12] are the two most powerful episodes we have on the show. It’s our emotional catharsis. It is our physical catharsis. It’s our rundown for those 12 episodes. We’ve invested a lot in it, so we have high expectations that we’re paying off,” promised the showrunner.
Who’s counting on this?