Andor, the most recent Star Wars series for Disney+ came to an end this past Wednesday, November 23, after a season composed of 12 episodes almost 1 hour long each. The series starring Diego Luna, reprising the role of Cassian Andor, is a prequel to the spin-off film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, telling a story that presents both the origins of Cassian, as well as his first steps within a yet-to-be-formed Rebellion that seeks to confront the Empire. And how could it be otherwise, the series ends with a revealing post-credits scene that hides more than it seems. We warn of spoilers about the first season of Andor in the next paragraph.
Cassian's unintentional contribution to the Empire
Rogue One explained how the rebels got hold of the Death Star plans before Luke Skywalker destroyed it in A New Hope. And it was expected that Andor would make a direct reference to future events in the saga. And indeed, the connection goes all the way to the end. In the post-credits scene of Andor's final episode of the first season, we observe numerous robots assembling parts into a colossal space structure.
And those parts are none other than the ones that Cassian Andor and the rest of the prisoners of the Narkina 5 prison -events seen between episodes 6 and 8 of the series- mass-produced under the yoke of the Empire itself. This scene continues with a shot that moves away to discover what exactly those robots are assembling, to finally discover that it is the planet-destroying Superlaser of the Death Star. A truly spectacular shot in which we see the final stages of the assembly of the dreaded artificial satellite of the Empire that would later have so much prominence in the narrative of the Star Wars saga.
It was actually a very early idea when the screenwriters wrote Andor, as director Tony Gilroy admits to Deadline, Yeah, when we came up with the prison and then we started saying, ‘What are we making?’ and then we built the thing. It’s like, ‘Oh, my God. Well, let’s have it do that. How ironic and how potent and how round and synchronicitis that is.’"
"And then, Mohen Leo and TJ Falls, who are visual arts department, who are just amazing and they were on Rogue One, they were like, ‘Oh, let us play with that.’ And you know, six months later you go into a visual master deal and it’s like, oh, we have a special gift to launch today and it’s like, the raw version of that, it was so cool," concludes the director.
Source | Deadline