December 2, 2022
Star Wars: Andor: This Is the Finale We Were Looking For

“Star Wars: Andor only got better and better, swelling like a tsunami of emotional storytelling until the show’s astoundingly tremendous finale which had me crying for the final twenty minutes of its runtime,” says Annlyel James

Andor for its twelve-episode run has been nothing short of astounding. What began as something that felt kind of lackadaisical in tone and story concluded in a powerful third episode that set the stage for what the series could be. Thankfully, this series only got better and better, swelling like a tsunami of emotional storytelling until the show’s astoundingly tremendous finale which had me crying for the final twenty minutes of its runtime.

I knew Andor was going to be a really good show. Tony Gilroy’s work on Rogue One transformed the film into my favorite Star Wars movie. When I knew he had created Andor I knew it was going to be the gritty prequel that Cassian Andor deserves. What I didn’t expect was the masterpiece that was awaiting me.

Star Wars Andor Episode 12 Review
Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) in Lucasfilm’s ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

CASSIAN’S JOURNEY

This is not an action-packed series but rather a show about actions. The deep dive into individuals and how one simple choice can change the galaxy. While the series is clearly about Cassian Andor Tony Gilroy chose a fascinating approach to telling his story through the interconnected weaving of so many other characters. For Gilroy to find a way to make that work and to bring all of these storylines to a satisfying conclusion in the series finale is truly mindboggling.

Andor has singlehandedly provided some of the most awe-inspiring scenes ever created in Star Wars and I couldn’t be more grateful that we finally got a show like this in this franchise.

Luthen Rael in Star Wars Andor
Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgard) in Lucasfilm’s ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

LOOKING AHEAD

Season 2 just began production which means we’ll most likely be getting the series in late 2024. After that final scene and post-credit scene, I couldn’t be more pumped about what we should expect to see in the second season. Now we’re about to dig deep into Cassian’s time as a rebel and I just know it’s going to be another doozy to watch every week.

Until then, I’m going to sit back, maybe get myself a cup of coffee, and watch this season all over again. (And yes, this show should not only be nominated for Best Drama at the Emmys but it should win.)

Star Wars: Andor is streaming exclusively on Disney Plus now.

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