Andor season 2 | “I’ve never done anything as important,” says creator Tony Gilroy

Diego Luna as Cassian Andor in Andor
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Creator Tony Gilroy provides an update on Andor season 2, and adds that it’s the biggest thing he’s ever worked on.

Two years after the terrific first season of Andor – a prequel series to 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – the second and final season is set to stream on Disney+ later in 2024.

Filming on the show concluded in February, and since then, creator Tony Gilroy (who also writes and produces) has likely been busy with editing and other post production bits and pieces. Gilroy – who also worked on Rogue One following a fraught production – has managed to take a bit of time out from his work on the show to make an appearance at the Writers Guild of America East.

While there, he gave an update on where he’s up to with Andor and, as first reported by Games Radar, said that he and his collaborators are indeed ‘finishing’ season two.

“I’ve been on Andor for five years now, we’re finishing the second half,” Gilroy said. “I’ve had a lot of fun over the years, but I don’t know whether I’ve ever done anything as important as these 24 hours of storytelling we’re doing now. I don’t know if it’s just ‘cause it’s a thing I’m on, but I don’t think so. I’ve never had a chance to work this big before.”

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The 24 hours presumably refers to both seasons in combination, since each comprises 12 episodes of about an hour each. What we can only speculate about is what Gilroy means when he says that Andor is so important to him, given he’s worked on so much other acclaimed stuff, including his scripts for the Bourne series and his writer-director work on the terrific Michael Clayton.

Maybe it’s because Andor explores – in surprisingly forensic detail – the machinery of fascism, and the logistics, bureaucracy and sheer energy it takes to keep people oppressed.

Gilroy has previously said that Andor will be limited to two seasons, and that its events will feed directly into those depicted in Rogue One, which was about the Rebel Alliance’s efforts to track down the plans for the Empire’s Death Star.

“It’s a battle to have a revolution, and to fight back before that happens,” Gilroy told us in 2022. “It’s the five years where the Empire is feeling very confident and pulling all their power together, so it’s an oppressive regime that’s tightening the noose on everyone.”

Andor season two is due to stream on Disney+ later in 2024. When we get a firm date, we’ll let you know.

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