A series of behind-the-scenes interviews with Andor’s mastermind Tony Gilroy shed new light on the show’s goals

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The tenth episode of Andor landed yesterday, and even by the show’s high standards, the outing was truly amazing. As expected, “One Way Out” focused on a prison revolt on Narkina 5, with Andy Serkis’ Kino Loy stepping up to lead the inmates to freedom. It would have been quite entertaining, but we also got a killer monologue from Luthen that fans are calling one of the greatest moments of star warsas the long-teased “tough choices” for Mon Mothma have finally arrived.

During the day, showrunner Tony Gilroy gave interviews to several media outlets about his thinking behind Andorproviding insightful insight into what it took to bring this brilliant show to life.

But first, something very interesting is happening at Studio Ghibli…

Studio Ghibli

Animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli has just released a video indicating that they are teaming up with Lucasfilm on a mystery project. Check out their enigmatic teaser:

Ghibli is famous for its animation classics like My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononokeand Taken away as if by magic, and while they’ve often adapted existing works, this is the first time they’ve worked on a licensed property. Rumors are circulating that it could be an entry into the Star Wars Visions anime project, though initial reports suggest the upcoming second season will focus on international anime studios after the heavy initial bid in Japan.

We sneakily suspect the recent leak of a star wars short titled “Grogu and Dust Bunnies” may have something to do with this story. It is set to arrive on Saturday November 12 to mark the third anniversary of The Mandalorian‘s first season so we should know more very soon. Watch this place.

Did Andy Serkis’ Kino Loy live or die?

Kino Loy Andor
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Andy Serkis has been one of the best things about the last three episodes, although it seems like his Andor the story ended this week. After playing a pivotal role in Cassian’s prison revolt, we got the crushing revelation that he can’t swim so won’t be able to escape with his fellow inmates.

As a result, the show left Kino Loy’s fate as a mystery. The possibilities range from him being pushed into the water and drowning, carried to shore by his comrades, or remaining in the installation and being captured when the Imperial response arrives. We love the ambiguity, though a quote from showrunner Tony Gilroy seems to suggest he thinks Kino Loy lived:

In an interview with The Hollywood journalistGilroy was asked what happened to him and he said:

“I don’t know. He’s not dead. Is he dead? I don’t see him dying.

While we weren’t going to turn down any more Andy Serkis, we’re more than happy with this ending. Kino’s arc ended with him freeing his mind from Imperial institutionalization, so whether or not he is physically freed doesn’t matter so much for the themes of the story.

Let’s just hope we don’t get an ugly novel revealing that Kino was captured by the Empire and his DNA used as the basis for cloning experiments to create a replacement for Palpatine…

Tony Gilroy is adamant that Andor is a “heartbreaking thread” rather than a political polemic

Tony Gilroy arrives at the Lucasfilm Original Series Andor 3-Episode Special Launch Event at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California on September 15, 2022. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
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In a separate interview with Indiewire, Gilroy was pressed on the politics of Andor. Throughout the show, we’ve seen characters and situations that break down the corrupting influences of fascism and the importance of fighting it, leading most viewers to quite reasonably conclude that the show has always been intended as political commentary.

Well, that might not necessarily be the case. Gilroy said any political message flowed naturally from the subject rather than something the writers had explicitly intended to do. In an illuminating quote, he described the show’s politics as “instinctive”, saying:

“Choose your revolution. I saw an analysis on the Marxist accelerationist vision of Luther. People basically understand these ideas; they don’t need terms for them. They do not need to be put into a dialectical form. They need to feel instinctive. It’s very nice, on the other hand, to watch people argue and find things that apply, but my primary responsibility is to the characters and to making an adventure story. It’s a heartbreaking thread and it’s an adventure story, and there’s a lot more energy that goes into the plot and the adventure story aspect of it – nobody just sits there thinking what we should do politically. It happens instinctively. »

He also opened up about where he personally came from, describing himself as “an old white guy who listens to history podcasts all the time” and wanted to use real-world events as “a catalog” rather than feed them stories. specific comments. .

But really, when your portrayal of the Empire is clearly heavily inspired by 1970s Northern Ireland, the Highland Clearances, the British Empire and Nazi Germany, it’s no surprise that many viewers assume that you are making an explicit political statement.

Or, alternatively, maybe he just doesn’t want Disney and Lucasfilm to realize he’s calling for violent revolution every week on their premier streaming service.

Other alien characters are on their way to Andor

An alien from 'Andor'
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One of the few justified complaints about Andor it’s that he skimps star wars aliens. Sure, there were a few on screen, but for the most part, AndorThe embryonic rebellion has been made up entirely of humans, with the Empire unsurprisingly following suit. We know the Rebellion will eventually bring together all manner of alien species in their Galactic Civil War, so where are they?

In Gilroy’s interview with The Hollywood Reporterhe said there was a good reason for it:

“There’s already so much politics in the show to begin with, and we’re trying to tell an adventure story, really. So adding strong alien characters means all of a sudden there’s a whole bunch of new issues we have to deal with that I don’t really understand or just couldn’t think of a way to integrate them into what we do.

It’s also likely that if you have a show in which characters make heartfelt speeches about the evils of fascism, having a guy standing in the background with a rubber monster mask is likely to undermine the serious vibe.

Luckily for fans of Star Wars’ many iconic alien races, the future looks bright:

“You’ll see more of that as we go along, but that’s a legitimate question and one that we’ll answer as we go along. There’s a more human side to the story and its politics. There’s no Certainly there are no extraterrestrials working for the Empire, so that sort of tilts one way, automatically.

The show’s first season showed us the divided resistance to the Empire, with Saw Gerrera ranting about “neo-Republicans.” The Ghorman Front. The Partisan Alliance. Sectorists. Human cultists!

Season two will span five years and will presumably show these different groups uniting under the Rebel Alliance flag, so hopefully that means the character cast will expand to Rodians, Twi’leks, Wookiees, Mon Calimari and the rest. Shit, why not throw in a grizzled Gungan for good measure?

Judging by the recent teaser for the second half of the series, we’re hoping for some fireworks in the final two episodes. Our only concern is that all of these characters make it through to the second season, because there’s a ridiculous amount of storytelling potential in each of them. Hoping we will know more soon.

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