While fatigue with Star Wars movies and TV series has impacted box office numbers and Disney+ viewership, Andor was one the few exceptions. The Star Wars spin-off series received high praise from both fans and critics. The series’ popularity sealed the deal on Disney’s decision to order Andor Season 2, bringing another 12 episodes to the fandom.
Here’s what we know so far about Andor Season 2. There may be Season 1 spoilers ahead.
Andor Season 2 is the Final Season
During a Star Wars event in London, Andor creator Tony Gilroy announced that Andor Season 2 will also be the last. Critics have praised this spinoff for being the most mature and thematically-rich Star Wars series so far. Gilroy serves as the showrunner, creator, writer, and producer for the spinoff.
Along with Gilroy, Beau Willimon is also part of the writing team. Tom Bissell is joining the writers for season two, and the executive producers from season one will likely return. This includes Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Diego Luna, and Sanne Wohlenberg.
Andor Season 2 has a new lineup of directors attached to the project. This includes Ariel Kleiman, Janus Metz, and Alonso Ruizpalacios. Kleiman is directing the first three and last three episodes, while Metz and Ruizpalacions will also direct three episodes each. Luna said that the input from the fans and critics has changed season two’s development.
“Another tool we have these days through social media. We actually listen to audiences and critics. It’s kind of cool to have an opportunity to go and execute another season having this information. It’s, in a way, a season that will end up representing the audience in a different way. Somehow, the audience is part of this season because the interaction we had serves as inspiration,” said Luna.
What to Expect from Andor Season 2
Fans expect Andor Season 2 to continue Cassian Andor’s journey following the events of Season One until his appearance on Rogue One.
Kyle Soller, who plays Deputy Inspector Syril Karn, said Disney is going further for the second season.
“There’s just more people, more planets, more worlds,” Soller told Esquire. “There’s an amazing storyline about this new group of people.”
We can expect more locations and more characters in Andor Season 2 following a time jump that would put the show right before the events of Rogue One.
“What’s amazing about dropping back in for this season is the time gaps that are going to be instituted to take up the full five years before coming into Rogue One at the end,” said Soller. “So there’s huge amounts of growth that’s happening within the world of Andor, but also in Syril’s world…and his tailoring.”
Adria Arjona, who plays Bix Caleen, talked about her character’s role in Andor Season 2.
“Throughout the season, all of our characters evolve because there’s so much time. There’s a time gap in between every couple of episodes. So this season, for me, is super interesting because I get to grow with Bix. And it continues to happen throughout the entire season. So you get to meet, like, three different versions of Bix,” said Arjona.
“There’s an anger that I hope builds in Bix. Whether it’s revenge or whether it’s a closeness with Cassian because he saved her – of course she has to lean in. She’s always been a part of it, and I think by episode nine of season one, it was obvious someone must do something,” the actress added.
What Else to Expect
Willimon talked about what else fans can expect from Andor Season 2.
“Season 2 is covering four years in the same amount of time we covered one. So there’s an acceleration. So you have all this knowledge of the characters, and the world, and momentum. And Tony’s always had a long-game picture of how we get to the fifth year in terms of the story of Cassian Andor, but now you’re dealing with this fresh new challenge in a wonderful way of this acceleration of story and of evolution over time, which is I think really exciting. That’s about as much as we could probably say about season two,” said Willimon.
Diego Luna will return as Cassian Andor for Andor Season 2, as will Soller as Syril Karn. Arjona as Bix Caleen and Stellan Skarsgard as Luthen Rael is also coming back for the second season. Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma and Forrest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera are also expected to return and both appeared in Rogue One.
Other cast members expected to return include Denise Gough as Deedra Meero, Fay Marsay as Vel Sartha, Varada Sethu as Cinta Kaz, Elizabeth Dulau as Kleya Marki, and Ben Chapman as the voice of android B2EMO.
Given the timeline of events, it wouldn’t be surprising if more characters from Rogue One end up appearing in Andor. Ben Mendelsohn as Imperial Military specialist Orson Krennic may be anticipated to appear or even Riz Ahmed as cargo pilot Bodhi Rook for season two. The same could be said for Alan Tudyk, who plays the Imperial droid K-2SO.
In 2021, Tudyk confirmed that he wasn’t appearing in Andor Season 1, but Gilroy told him that his character would appear “later on.”
A recent listing from Spotlight may have also spoiled the appearance of a Rogue One character for the second season. Duncan Pow, who played Ruescott Melshi in the Star Wars prequel and four episodes of Andor, wasn’t officially confirmed to come back until now. In Rogue One, Melshi was seen in the final battle in Scarif.
It was later revealed in Andor that he and Cassian met in the prison on Narkina 5. The pair escaped the Empire together and fled to Niamos to keep a low profile. They eventually decided to part ways to give each other a better chance for survival and tell people about the Empire’s plans.
Andor Season 2 Release Date
Andor’s second and final season will premiere in August 2024, according to Gilroy. Gilroy explained that production began in November 2022. Filming for the show took place in London.
“We’re halfway. We will finish shooting in August, a year on post, and we’ll come out in the following August,” said Gilroy, who added that making season two the last one was “born out of survival, but it’s been creatively potent…It’s good to know there’s an ending coming.”
However, the upcoming season was still in production when the WGA and SAG-AFTRA unions staged strikes. Filming reportedly continued during the WGA started its strike as the scripts were already completed, but the SAG-AFTRA strike stopped production. The show also reportedly filmed some scenes with actors who are not affiliated with the union and was close to wrapping up season two.
The strikes by the two major unions in Hollywood halted most productions until the AMPTP proposed a fair deal. This also means that the premiere date for Andor Season 2 would be pushed back even further, possibly early 2025. Like season one, Andor Season 2 will likely have 12 episodes.
For now, fans can watch the other Star Wars releases this year. The Mandalorian Season 3, The Bad Batch Season 2, Star Wars Visions Season 2, and the Ahsoka series are all will be available for streaming on Disney+.