‘Andor’ Creator Explains Series’ Unique Timeline Structure

The next big live-action series from Lucasfilm’s Star Wars universe is Andor, the Rogue One prequel starring Diego Luna as Rebel spy Cassian Andor. An origin story of sorts, the show will span five years of the titular character’s life, finally giving viewers a look into Andor’s adventures with the growing Rebellion and leading directly into his final days stealing the Death Star plans. However, with Andor already confirmed to last just two seasons, many fans have found themselves wondering how those five years will be broken up and explored in so few episodes.

Speaking with Empire Magazine, series creator Tony Gilroy explained that the first season, due in August, will focus solely on the first of those five years, while the second batch of episodes will cover the next four in blocks:

The scale of the show is so huge. Directors work in blocks of three episodes, so we did four blocks [in Season 1] of three episodes each. We looked and said, ‘Wow, it’d be really interesting if we come back, and we use each block to represent a year. We’ll move a year closer with each block.’ From a narrative point of view, it’s really exciting to be able to work on something where you do a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and then jump a year.

Tony Gilroy

So, to translate, that means Andor Season 2 will consist of 12 episodes, with each set of three taking place in a different year. It’s a unique storytelling tactic that should help to keep audiences on their toes and diversify the content of the season in really exciting ways. Early rumors for the project had indicated it would last a full five seasons, with each telling the tale of a year in Andor’s life. This may not have turned out to be true, but the reality of the situation will hopefully make for a more streamlined experience all around.

Andor debuts on Disney+ on August 31st.

Source: Empire

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