The highly acclaimed “Star Wars” series “Andor” closed out its first season by showing how the spark of rebellion was lit within Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) across the events of the twelve episodes.
A smart decision was made to split the action of the heavily serialised drama into essentially four separate story arcs – recruitment/raid (Eps. 1-3), heist (Eps. 4-6), prison (Eps. 7-10), and insurrection (Eps. 11-12) which turns it into digestible chunks with natural breaks.
A similar thing is happening with the currently in production second season, which will consist of four separate three-episode arcs. The key difference is each will unfold around a year apart as opposed to the first season. That first season spanned the course of a single year and begins five years before the events of “Rogue One”.
Thus the next season will bridge the gap between that first season and the movie, a film where Andor is a quite different character and one saddled with a lot more responsibility and importance to the Rebellion. Luna, speaking with Collider recently, says Andor still has a lot to learn throughout the next season – especially in regards to teamwork:
“[I] think what happens also after prison and in the next episodes is that he understands really what he’s fighting against. He understands the need [for] a revolution because he understands what oppression means basically and how little freedom he has and how unfair the world he lives in is.
But there’s still so much for him to learn in terms of working as a team. The responsibility he takes on at the beginning of Rogue One is huge. Imagine what has to happen for someone to say he’s the right person to do it. Cassian Andor is going to be the person we’re going to trust with this.
There’s a lot for him to discover and a big transformation to come. He’s really far from that. The one of episode 12, it’s so far from that, but the spark is there. There’s an awakening, and it has happened. Now we need to witness four years of the life of this man.”
Filming on the second season began a month ago and is expected to run all the way through until August. It will then be followed by a full year of post-production – meaning it won’t arrive until the back half of 2024.