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‘Andor’ Timeline Explained: How ‘Star Wars’ Show Will Lead To ‘Rogue One’

Andor is the latest Disney+ show to hit the streaming platform, adding to the story of Diego Luna’s character, Cassian Andor.

Cassian first appeared in the standalone star wars Film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story where he helped Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) steal the Death Star plans alongside a ragtag group of rebels, and the next show is a prequel to it.

Here’s everything you need to know about the show and what it will mean for the iconic sci-fi franchise.

Andor has already received an early renewal and it will have two seasons in total, with the show leading directly into the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Tony Gilroy, showrunner of Andor, spoke at length about his plans for the series, saying that when he took on the project, it was planned to run for five seasons. It was shortened to two seasons instead.

The show will have 12 episodes per season, with Gilroy explaining that the creative team is approaching the show in “blocks of three” in season 2, with each block shifting to another year in Cassian’s life.

At Disney+’s Television Critics Association (TCA) Virtual Press Day in August, per deadline Gilroy said, “We cover a year in our first 12 episodes, which we’ve finished, in fact, we’re finishing our final mix on [episode] 12 tomorrow.

“We’re going to be doing another 12 episodes starting in November and the running principle of filming is that we’re doing blocks of three, so last year we were looking at the difficulty of doing five, which seemed to take us all 30 coming years.

“The answer presented itself elegantly; we will take our four blocks of three [episodes] in the second half of the show and each block will represent another year closer. We can really take the formative forge of Cassian Andor in the first 12 episodes, and then we can take this organism that we’ve built and run it over the next four years in a really exciting narrative way.”

With that in mind, Season 1 of Andor will take place over a year while Season 2 will follow the character through the four years leading up to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The Disney+ show begins in 5 BBY, which is around the same time Jyn Erso is dumped by Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) in Snape One.

Gilroy also revealed that he knows exactly what the final plan for the entire series will be. It will follow Andor as he goes to meet Daniel Mays’ character, Tivik, whom he meets and kills in the opening moments of Snape One.

In an interview with the reading listthe showrunner said of the scene, “Our series finale scene is no secret; it’s going to be [Cassian] walking on the tarmac to board the ship to go to the Rings of Kafrene to meet Daniel Mays’ [character]He’s going there.

“I mean, you watch people watch the History Channel shows and whatever. What’s this story? Well, you know how it’s going to be. And it’s always, ‘why did this happen?’ So we have a really cool narrative thing that we’re going to do.”

Andor airs Wednesday, September 21 with its first three episodes on Disney+, with the show airing weekly thereafter.

Updated 09/21/22 03:16 ET: This article has been updated to include details of the year in which “Andor” is set.

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