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'Andor' Creator Tony Gilroy Talks Luthen's Beautiful Day, End Scene, and Season 2

[This story contains Andor Season 1​​​​ spoiler. ]

Now the first season of Andor has​​​​ It’s over, creator Tony Gilroy has started season two.

Producer of the critically acclaimed Disney+

Star Wars

The series is currently being filmed and will continue until August 1000, but he still managed to find some time to answer some lingering questions from the season 1 finale.

In “Rix Road,” the citizens of Ferrix, inspired by Maarva’s (Fiona Shaw) parting words via hologram, fight back against the Empire that has occupied their town for so long army. Cassian (Diego Luna) can’t resist risking everything to get home to his adoptive mother’s funeral, and he spots spy chief Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgard) in the crowd, once he frees Bix (Adria Arjona) from captivity and gets She and his other friends leave Dodge before he catches up with shadowy rebels on his boat. Cassian knows that Luthen is on a quest to solve unresolved issues, so makes it easy by offering his life or his loyalty to the Rebellion.

“It’s a big day for Luthen. When he’s listening to Maarva, it’s not his pride in ownership…it’s that he’s trying to plant Another corner of the farm. So when he heard the news, he was very proud,” Gilroy told The Hollywood Reporter . “My God, to end the day and have this new asset [Cassian] walk in [who] is now basically saying, ‘Well, I’m in. Blood oath,’ I think it’s a really good day.”

This episode also has a rare Star Wars end credits scene that confirms Cassian and another Narkina 5 prisoners are actually building components for the Death Star, the very weapon that will eventually take Andor’s life in Rogue One. Despite the reintroduction of the Star Wars Planetary Destroyer, Gilroy stated that it is still an imminent threat in the context of Season 2 and that its construction will not proceed in a more aggressive manner. The presence.

“It’s still a looming threat. Rogue One is all about discovering what it is. [Season 2 is ] on who picked up the last crumbs that led to Rogue One starting,” Gilroy said.

In a recent conversation with THR, Gilroy also discussed why the director of the first season Neither returned for a second season.

Well, that’s great, Tony.

thanks. I’m going to bow down.

You’re a history buff, so did the funeral procession turn into a riot/attack for something?

The first compensation is between those epic makeshift IRA funerals. Gosh, there’s video of some of them, these funerals turned out to be unbelievable. Then the other game was the second-tier funeral procession in New Orleans, which was full of joy and soul. So it’s a combination of two. There’s also the idea of ​​civic organizations like Ferrix’s Daughters and a community orchestra of aspiring musicians. For anyone paying attention, there’s a doctor named Dr. Mullmoy [Matt Dunkley], and he’s the lead trumpet player in the band. So you see different people in town. But that’s where it all comes from.

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I’ve been wondering why we haven’t seen Fiona Shaw in a while Maarva, and why she disappeared from the screen, but you answered those questions in the best possible way.

Were you surprised when she came back in hologram?

I’m! Because of so much going on offscreen, I initially thought you were pretending she was dead so she could lead the raid.

I heard theory! I heard that theory, and I was like, “Holy crap, that’s a great idea.” I was like, “Wow, they sneaked out the bodies, they did the whole thing,” so it was a legitimate idea . But no, Maarva is definitely dead.


Fion Shaw at Andor Disney+


Is Fiona Shaw still there that day? Listening to speeches to other actors on set?

No, we did that [speech] first.

Cassian and Luthen’s final exchange shows that Cassian has reached the point where he is willing to die for the one he loves. “Or take me in” also hints that he’s now ready to take the Rebellion Pledge too. So is Luthen’s smile a form of pride?

Yes, today is a big day for Luthen. When he was listening to Maarva’s speech, he wasn’t proud of being the master. It is and it isn’t, but it’s another corner of the farm he’s trying to grow. So he was very proud to hear it. My God, to end the day and have this new asset walk in — he’s been through all of this and still standing, you managed not to kill — he’s basically saying now, “Okay, I’m in. Blood Oath, “I thought it was a good day.


Diego Luna at Andor Disney+


When I was with Denise Gough and Kyle Soller talk about their first day at *)Andor, they both describe scenes from the finale. So are you filming the finale first, or is it just the first day for certain actors?

Well, we shot everything at Ferrix first, so it’s possible [the ending was their first day]. [Tracking] has always been the writer’s job, and it’s been the job of every movie I’ve ever done. It’s a smaller job, but still very complex. You really have to be the one who can follow it all the way. You must always be the one who knows where you are in the story. This is a huge plus for the writer-director. Even if they don’t know how to use a camera or anything, they have a huge advantage because they’re the only ones who actually know where you are. On a show like this, it’s really complicated. Then let the director come in, and of course they only care about the shit that’s in front of them. Sometimes, they don’t pay attention to what comes before or what comes after. Sometimes, we have to do things like that. So part of my job is I have to make sure of these things, but these actors are very good at keeping track. They were very good at trusting me and having a conversation about their position. So that was probably their first day, and it was a tough scene to shoot, right?

I would say.

When you shoot the [season end] scene early, you don’t want it three months later Actors come to you and say, “Well, I really wish I knew this. I’d do it differently.” So you don’t want to hear that. I’ve heard it, it hurts.

Denise Gough and Kyler Soller at Andor


Mon Mothma ( Genevieve O’Reilly made up a story that money was missing from her account due to her husband’s gambling.

You are the first to ask this question. I like that. thanks.

Why is she going through Sculdun’s (Richard Dillane) family arrangements when she already has a gambling-related cover story planted?

She just wanted to cover up all traces. Sculdun initially came in and said, “Oh, I know your husband.” So, at the end of the day, Sculdun presumably thought it was really her husband’s gambling debts. He didn’t know what the real purpose was. But what I will say is that she just covers all the bases. If anyone came to see, if anyone wanted to know why she borrowed money, or if Sculdun wanted to know why she borrowed money, she could give it to poor Peerin [Alastair Mackenzie].

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

The post-credits scene confirms that Narkina 5 is actually making components for the Death Star. Will the construction of the Death Star be more active in season two, or will it continue as a looming threat from behind the scenes?

It remains an imminent threat. Rogue One is all about discovering what it is. [Season two is] about who picks up the last crumbs that lead to Rogue One starting. In Rogue One, Cassian travels to the Ring of Kafrene to meet Tivik from Saw’s group, and he says, “God Here, it’s Planet Killer.” Cassian knows some shit, but he’s looking for answers. So we’ll [cover] the breadcrumbs that lead to that, of course. But we have a situation where Cassian will never know that what he’s building is actually the machine that’s going to kill him.

Are you planning to create any new scenes that would fit into *)Rogue One

timeline, is it a new perspective on an existing scene or a new in-between moment?

No, we’ll go into it linearly. It would be him going out on a boat to go there. So we won’t be in Rogue One .

If money was ok, you Will the Kreegyr ambush be shown?

Well, in the grammar of our show, I probably won’t. Our grammar is pretty tight. I probably wouldn’t without Kreegyr as a speaking character, as someone we’ve been with or some other peripheral character that’s there. We’re never going anywhere that our characters don’t take us, [Death Star] Easter eggs aside, and some edge cases like that. Even with our cameras, our grammar is very strict about what we allow ourselves to do with the perspective we are allowed to do. So, probably not. I’ll put the Kreegyr money you gave me elsewhere.

Did Bix answer Anto Kreegyr/Axis questions off-screen?

The scene ends before anything, but she just breaks down there. She has no answer. She doesn’t have anything they want.

Composer Nick Britell wrote that funeral march, right?

This was the first thing we did together. We don’t even really know each other. That was the first project we did before we started filming. We did, and some Ferrix taps and stuff. Then we didn’t see each other for six months, but we met first, yes. We fell in love with doing it.

In season two, your three-episode arc will apparently cover a year, but how exactly does that work? Will there be time jumps between episodes or every episode?

They are actually super concentrated. They’re like three days, four days, two weeks, four days. They are really tight. That’s cool. That’s what’s exciting about it. You can leave for a year, come back on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and then skip another year. So they don’t fall apart. The second block will not happen in another year. So they’re very focused, which is a lot of fun. Then you have to think about all the negative space and what happened in between.

You start the series with Cassian asking about his sister, and later, Maarva trying to stop him from looking further. So will that thread be pulled up again at some point?

To be determined. I don’t want to walk away in front of that question. part. Do you want more fresh energy from a good first-round run? [Author’s note:
Ariel Kleiman , Janus Metz and Alonso Ruizpalacios will direct the second season. ]

Man, we try really hard. Ben [Caron] doesn’t want to come back because he has his movie [Sharper] with Julianne Moore. He’s a major feature director now, so he wanted to see how his feature films were going. We also really want Toby [Haynes] back, but he’s stuck in Black Mirror. So he couldn’t give us a decision in time and we had to pull the trigger.

Directors are hard to find. A lot of people have been shopping for the same group of people, and only a certain number of people. It’s not easy doing this show. You can’t learn in this job, and we can’t risk these obstacles. People have to be very experienced, so it’s a smaller group. There are a billion shows and everyone is running around looking for candidates. And many people have mental disorders. They said, “Oh, I don’t want to do a second season.” We were like, “This isn’t a second season. It’s something else entirely.” So it was a lot of work to get directors. This is much more difficult than I imagined.

Do you think you will be willing to develop more content after the second season is over Star Wars item instead of showman or commander?

I can’t even begin to answer this question. There is no way of knowing this. I certainly don’t feel that way. It seemed like at the end of five years, I would want to do something else. I mean, I always enjoy doing other things. I never tried to do the same thing again, but I’m not saying never or never or anything. But I’m pretty sure I don’t know.

What was the biggest lesson you learned from season one that you will apply to this season two?

It knows and feels confident that all the energy and crazy obsession vibe we create can get us through another season, to August. Jumping out of the plane the second time was even more terrifying. Your naivety will get you through it the first time you do it, but what overcomes the fear of it all is knowing that we have this really great community and atmosphere. Everyone’s a filmmaker, and when you give them enough space and enough money to do their job and tell them how well they’re doing, these people respond. Put shit on the screen and don’t waste any money. So it’s a nice feeling to know we have an effective community.

005927 005927Andor is now streaming on Disney+ . This interview has been edited for length and clarity .



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