The Star Wars universe continues to expand with the success of the series “Star Wars: Andor.” When it premiered last year, it exceeded all expectations and quickly became one of the most celebrated shows in the entire Star Wars franchise. Showrunner Tony Gilroy, known for his gritty and dark storytelling, made Andor a hit among adults, distinguishing it from other shows set in the galaxy far, far away.
Andor distinguished itself by not overloading the series with cameos. While there were appearances by notable characters like Mon Mothma and Saw Gerrera, these didn’t dominate the narrative like Din Djarin and Grogu did in “The Book of Boba Fett.” For the upcoming season 2, Gilroy is looking forward to introducing more famous characters from across the Star Wars galaxy. “Of course. Yeah, I mean, yes. The answer is yes. And there are some that are inevitable, there are some that are surprising, there are some that we probably can’t get for various reasons… But, you kinda know who’s in the stew there,” Gilroy said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
One such expected cameo is the droid K-2SO, known from Rogue One. Alan Tudyk, who portrayed K-2SO, virtually confirmed this. If it stays on the air, stories keep getting told, I’ll end up in there,” Tudyk told Collider while the first season was filming in 2021.
The show’s writers are set to take a different approach in season 2, featuring four time jumps, each covering about a year. While this narrative style can present challenges, like losing momentum or skipping over character development, Gilroy is confident that the team can execute it effectively. That’s the bar we set, and that’s the game we’re playing. We think we figured out how to do it. [We have] a responsibility to the characters we’ve set up and launched into this world and their trajectories. Our responsibility is to bring it home efficiently. But mostly, it’s to pay off emotionally and stick the landing,” explained Gilroy.
Fans of “Star Wars: Andor” can currently stream season 1 on Disney+. Gilroy has reportedly finished writing the scripts for season 2. However, due to the ongoing writers’ strike in Hollywood, he is not actively working on the show. The series has been in production since November 2022 and is scheduled to wrap up in August.
As anticipation builds for the second season of “Star Wars: Andor,” fans can look forward to a fresh narrative approach and the appearance of more familiar faces from the broader Star Wars universe. Stay tuned for more updates on the series and its expanding galaxy of characters.