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Andor Season 2, Put up-Credit Scene Teased by Tony Gilroy – The Hollywood Reporter

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[This story contains spoilers for Andor season one.]

Now that Andor season one has come to a detailed, creator Tony Gilroy is already off and operating on season two.

The showrunner of the critically acclaimed Disney+ Star Wars sequence is presently embarking on a shoot that can final by way of August 2023, however he nonetheless managed to carve out a while to reply a number of the lingering questions from the season one finale.

In “Rix Highway,” the residents of Ferrix had been so impressed by Maarva’s (Fiona Shaw) parting phrases by way of hologram that they fought again towards the Imperial forces that had been occupying their city for fairly a while. Cassian (Diego Luna), who couldn’t assist however threat all the pieces to return dwelling for his adoptive mom’s funeral, managed to identify spymaster Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgard) within the crowd, and as soon as he freed Bix (Adria Arjona) from captivity and received her and the remainder of his buddies out of Dodge, he then caught up with the shadowy Insurgent on his ship. Realizing that Luthen was trying to tie up free ends, Cassian made it simple by providing both his life or his loyalty to the Rebel.

“It’s a giant day for Luthen. When he’s listening to Maarva’s speech, it’s not delight of possession on his half … however it’s one other nook of the farm he’s attempting to develop. So he’s very proud when he hears that,” Gilroy tells The Hollywood Reporter. “And my God, to complete up the day and have this new asset [Cassian] stroll in [who] is now mainly saying, ‘Alright, I’m in. Blood oath,’ that’s a reasonably good day, I feel.”

The episode additionally contains a uncommon Star Wars post-credit scene that confirms that Cassian and the opposite Narkina 5 prisoners had been in reality constructing elements for the Demise Star, the very weapon that can finally declare Andor’s life in Rogue One. Regardless of the reintroduction of Star Wars’ planet destroyer, Gilroy says it’ll nonetheless be an impending menace within the background of season two, and its development gained’t tackle a extra energetic presence.

“It’ll nonetheless be the looming menace. Rogue One is all about discovering what it’s. [Season two is] about who picks up the ultimate breadcrumbs that result in the start of Rogue One,” Gilroy says.

In a latest dialog with THR, Gilroy additionally discusses why none of season one’s administrators are returning for season two. 

Nicely, bravo, Tony.

Thanks. I’m bowing down.

You’re a historical past buff, so was the funeral procession turned riot/assault loosely primarily based on something? 

The primary comp is someplace between these epic Provisional IRA funerals. God, there’s footage of a few of them, and it’s simply unimaginable what these funerals flip into. After which the opposite comp is a New Orleans second line funeral procession, the enjoyment and soul of that. So these are the 2 comps. There’s additionally the concept of civic organizations just like the Daughters of Ferrix and a group orchestra of aspirational musicians. For anyone who pays consideration, there’s a health care provider named Dr. Mullmoy [Matt Dunkley], and he’s the lead trumpet participant within the band. So that you see completely different individuals within the city. However that’s the place all of it got here from.



I’d been questioning why we hadn’t seen Fiona Shaw’s Maarva in a short time and why she died off display, however you answered these questions in one of the best ways.

Had been you shocked when she got here again within the hologram?

I used to be! As a result of a lot occurred off display, I initially thought that you just faked her demise so she might then lead the shock assault.

I heard that principle! I heard that principle, and I used to be like, “Oh my God, that’s a legit concept.” I used to be like, “Wow, they snuck the physique out they usually did the entire thing,” so it’s a legit concept. However no, Maarva was completely useless.


Fion Shaw in Andor


Was Fiona Shaw nonetheless there on the day to present her speech for the opposite actors to listen to?

No, we did that [speech] first.

The ultimate trade between Cassian and Luthen exhibits that Cassian has reached some extent the place he’s keen to die to guard the individuals he loves. “Or take me in” additionally suggests he’s now able to take the Rebel vow as effectively. So is Luthen’s smile one among delight? 

Yeah, it’s a giant day for Luthen. When he’s listening to Maarva’s speech, it’s not delight of possession on his half. It’s and it isn’t, however it’s one other nook of the farm he’s attempting to develop. So he’s very proud when he hears that. And my God, to complete up the day and have this new asset stroll in — who’s been by way of all these items and continues to be standing and also you managed to not kill — and he’s now mainly saying, “Alright, I’m in. Blood oath,” that’s a reasonably good day, I feel. 


Diego Luna in Andor


Once I spoke to Denise Gough and Kyle Soller about their first days on Andor, they each described the setting within the finale. So did you shoot the finale first, or was it simply the primary day for sure actors?

Nicely, we shot out all the pieces in Ferrix first, so it’s potential [that the finale was their first day]. [Tracking] has at all times been the author’s job, and it’s at all times been my job on each film that I’ve been on. It’s a smaller job, however it’s nonetheless very sophisticated. You actually need to be the one who can monitor it right through. It’s a must to be the one who is aware of the place you’re within the story always. It’s an enormous benefit for writer-directors. Even when they don’t know how one can do the digital camera or the rest, they’ve an enormous leg up as a result of they’re the one one that actually is aware of the place you’re on a regular basis. And on a present like this, it’s actually sophisticated. After which have administrators are available in for blocks, and justifiably so, they solely care about their shit that’s in entrance of them. Typically, they don’t take note of what’s earlier than or after. Typically, we have now to do stuff like that. So one among my jobs is that I’ve to verify of these issues, however these actors are all superb at figuring out how one can monitor. They’re superb about trusting me and having conversations about the place they’re. In order that was in all probability the primary day for them, which is a troublesome scene to shoot first, proper?

I’ll say.

Once you shoot a [late-season] scene early, you don’t need the actor to come back to you three months later and say, “Nicely, I actually want I’d recognized that. I might’ve performed that in a different way.” So that you don’t need to hear that. I’ve heard that, and it hurts.


Denise Gough and Kyler Soller in Andor


Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) fabricated a narrative that her husband’s playing is chargeable for the lacking cash in her account.

You’re the primary one that’s introduced that up. I like that. Thanks.

Why does she nonetheless undergo with the Sculdun (Richard Dillane) household association if she already planted that gambling-related cowl story?

She’s simply attempting to cowl all of the tracks. Sculdun initially got here in and stated, “Oh, I do know your husband.” So, ultimately, Sculdun in all probability thinks that that is actually about her husband’s playing money owed. He doesn’t know what the actual functions are. However what I’m saying there may be that she’s simply overlaying all of the bases. If anyone comes wanting, if anyone’s questioning why she could be borrowing cash or if Sculdun is questioning why she could be borrowing cash, she will be able to lay it off on poor Peerin [Alastair Mackenzie].


Genevieve O’Reilly, Bronte Carmichael, Alastair Mackenzie in Andor


The post-credit scene confirms that Narkina 5 was truly constructing elements for the Demise Star. Will the Demise Star’s development have a extra energetic presence in season two, or will it stay because the looming menace within the background? 

It’ll nonetheless be the looming menace. Rogue One is all about discovering what it’s. [Season two is] about who picks up the ultimate breadcrumbs that result in the start of Rogue One. In Rogue One, Cassian goes to the Ring of Kafrene to satisfy Tivik, who’s from Noticed’s group, and he says, “Oh my God, it’s a planet killer.” Cassian is aware of some shit, however he’s searching for solutions. So we’ll [cover] the breadcrumbs that lead as much as that, certain. However we have now a state of affairs the place Cassian won’t ever know that what he was constructing is definitely the machine that’s going to kill him.

Do you propose to create any new scenes that match inside Rogue One’s timeline, be it a brand new perspective on an current scene or a brand new in-between second? 

No, we’re going to go linearly into it. It’ll be him strolling out to get on the ship and go there. So we’re not going to enter Rogue One.

If cash was no object, would you have got proven the Kreegyr ambush?

Nicely, within the grammar of our present, I in all probability wouldn’t. Our grammar is fairly rigorous. With out establishing Kreegyr as a talking character, as somebody that we’ve been with or another peripheral character who’s there or one thing, I in all probability wouldn’t. We don’t ever go anyplace the place one among our characters isn’t strolling us into it, [Death Star] Easter egg apart and some excessive instances like that. Even with our digital camera, our grammar may be very rigorous about what we permit ourselves to do within the perspective we’re allowed to have. So, in all probability not. I might take that Kreegyr cash that you just’re giving me and put it some place else. 

Did Bix reply the Anto Kreegyr/Axis query off display?

The scene ends earlier than something, however she’s simply actually breaking down there. She doesn’t have a solution for them. She doesn’t have something that they need.

Composer Nick Britell wrote that funeral march, proper?

That’s the very first thing that we did collectively. We didn’t actually even know one another. That’s the primary undertaking we did earlier than we began taking pictures. We did that and a number of the Ferrix banging and stuff. After which we didn’t see one another for like six months, however we did that first, yeah. We fell in love doing that.

In season two, your three-episode arcs will apparently cowl a 12 months every, however how precisely will that work? Will there be time jumps between episodes or inside every episode?

They’re truly tremendous condensed. They’re like three days, 4 days, two weeks, 4 days. They’re actually tight. It’s cool that method. That’s what’s thrilling about it. You may go away for a 12 months, come again for Friday, Saturday and Sunday after which bounce a 12 months. So that they gained’t be unfold out. It gained’t be like block two takes place over one other 12 months. So that they’re very concentrated, which is enjoyable. After which it’s a must to account for all of the destructive area and what occurred within the interim.

You started the sequence with Cassian asking about his sister, after which Maarva later tried to discourage him from wanting any additional. So will that thread be pulled on once more sooner or later?

That’s TBD. I don’t need to get out in entrance of that query.

You didn’t convey any of season one’s administrators again regardless of stellar work on their half. Did you need extra of that new vitality that labored so effectively the primary go-round? [Writer’s Note: Ariel Kleiman, Janus Metz and Alonso Ruizpalacios will be directing on season two.]

Man, we tried actually exhausting. Ben [Caron] didn’t need to come again as a result of he had his film [Sharper] with Julianne Moore. He’s a giant characteristic director now, so he desires to see how his characteristic goes. We additionally wished Toby [Haynes] to come back again actually badly, however he received jammed up on Black Mirror. So he couldn’t give us a call in time, and we needed to pull the set off.

It’s very exhausting getting administrators. There’s lots of people who’re purchasing for a similar individuals on a regular basis, and there’s solely a sure variety of individuals. It’s not simple to do that present. You may’t be taught on this job, and we are able to’t take huge probabilities with these blocks. Folks need to be fairly skilled, and in order that’s a smaller group. There’s a billion exhibits and all people is scrounging for individuals. And lots of people have a psychological obstacle. They are saying, “Oh, I don’t need to do season two.” And we’re like, “This isn’t season two. It’s a complete different factor.” And so it’s plenty of work getting administrators. It was far more troublesome than I ever thought.

When you wrap season two, do you suppose you’ll be open to growing extra Star Wars initiatives with out being the showrunner or level man?

I actually couldn’t even start to reply that. There’s no option to know that. It actually doesn’t really feel that option to me. It looks as if on the finish of the 5 years, I’m going to need to go do one thing else. I imply, I at all times love to do one thing else. I’ve by no means tried to do the identical factor once more, however I wouldn’t say by no means or no or something. However what I do know for certain is I don’t know.

What was the most important lesson you realized from season one that you just’ll apply to season two?

It’s figuring out and feeling assured that the entire vitality and the insanely obsessive vibe we created can carry us for one more season, by way of August. The second bounce out of the airplane is extra terrifying. The primary time you do it, your naivete carries you thru, however what overcomes the phobia of all of it is figuring out that we have now this actually nice group and vibe. Everyone’s a filmmaker, and these individuals simply reply if you give them room and simply sufficient cash to do their job and inform them how good they’re doing. Simply put the shit on display and don’t waste any cash. So it’s a great feeling to know that we have now a group that works. 

Andor is now streaming on Disney+. This interview was edited for size and readability


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