Warning: This article includes spoilers for Andor season 1
Andor creator Tony Gilroy discloses how many major time jumps there are in season 2, which is anticipated to be the final one of the series. The most recent Star Wars Disney+ series serves as a prequel to 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, tracing Diego Luna’s titular thief’s origin story as he becomes involved in the inner workings of the Rebellion and battles to topple the Galactic Empire. Audiences are now getting a sneak peek at what’s in store for the next installment of the Star Wars series after Andor ended on a significant cliffhanger leading into season 2.
Tony Gilroy recently spoke with Collider on the show’s season 1 ending and provided some insight for the upcoming Andor season 2. The season’s time leaps were discussed in detail by the creator, who revealed that the major ones will happen every three episodes and that their main objectives will be to present “an adventure story” and “keep things on the edge” so that viewers will “want to turn the page or tune in next week.” Look at what Gilroy outlined below:
“I don’t know if anybody ever got to do this before, maybe someone’s done it in a novel. I don’t really know, I’d be curious. As writers, as dramatists, it has all kinds of really cool implications. It has a couple of things that make things difficult, they have to be very brave about the negative space between the years, and you have to really trust the storytelling to not explain everything.”
Why There Will Be Multiple Time Jumps in Andor Season 2
It’s interesting to note that Andor was initially intended to be a five-season television series, with each season focusing on a year in Cassian’s life and examining how he changed from a plain-looking farm boy to the Rebel fighter fans first fell in love with in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This plan would ultimately be reduced by Gilroy and Lucasfilm to two seasons of 12 episodes each, with the show’s creator claiming that the scope of the original idea was “physically unfeasible.” Gilroy recently revealed that Andor season 2 would have a variety of time leaps, ranging from three days to a full year, with the season opener taking up one year after its cliffhanger finale.
Although the confirmation of three-episode blocks is an interesting approach for doing so, it seems sense that Andor season 2 would need many time jumps given that the story spans four in-universe years. Gilroy and his writing staff are better able to create constrained plot arcs that allow for gradual character growth and that also serve to establish the following batch of episodes, as opposed to needing to cover many years of story in a single episode. One can only hope that the Andor creative team will be able to manage the formula better than the Game of Thrones prequel, given that House of the Dragon provided lessons on both the advantages and disadvantages of many time jumps within a season.
It would be intriguing to watch how some character arcs, including that of Stellan Skarsgard’s Luthen, who was never seen or acknowledged in the original Star Wars trilogy or in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be resolved in Andor season 2. Although this doesn’t necessarily indicate that he will die in the show, given that Gilroy has built up substantial stakes in both the movie and Disney+ series, it does seem likely that his character will suffer a tragic end by the time of the season finale. In the interim, viewers may catch up with Andor season 1 on Disney+, which is currently streaming in its entirety.