‘Andor’ creator reflects on series’ accidental political foresight

Andor is a show about the misery of living under a fascist authoritarian statement and a call for violent revolutionary action against oppression, so it’s disturbing that so many people find it extremely relevant to current events. Fans have drawn parallels to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the show being quite open about taking inspiration from British imperialism, Nazi Germany, the Highland Clearances, and many other colonial/indigenous struggles.

That’s despite showrunner Tony Gilroy insisting the show wasn’t political, though he later clarified that it wasn’t meant to be a direct allegory for a single fight. Now he has underscored the range of historical sources they had in mind when writing the series. In an interview with Deadline, he was asked what events inspired him Andor and replied:

“It’s just so incredibly sad how easily all the things that seemed sad at the same time go through history and repeat themselves over and over again.

There are things throughout the show and I don’t want to go through and quote chapters and verses, but this is the Russian Revolution. This is the Montagnard. This is something interesting that happened in the Haitian revolution. This is the ANC. Oh, that’s the Earth Gun Building, Palestine. This is the Continental Congress. This goes all the way… I mean you could drop a pin in the last one, I don’t know what recorded history is, 3,000 years, legitimately recorded, I mean, slavery, oppression, colonialism, misconduct, treason, heroism, I mean it’s a continuum.”

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Screen grab via Disney Plus

It’s a testament to Gilroy and his team for synthesizing it into such a compelling story that goes far beyond what we normally expect war of stars. Yesterday’s finale was particularly great, serving up a heaping helping of anti-imperial ideology from Nemik (RIP) and a rousing call to action from Maarva (also RIP). Honestly, if you couldn’t get away from Maarva’s speech to smashing a stormtrooper’s helmet in with a brick, then maybe there’s no help for you.

While we’re still basking in the glory of that finale, Gilroy and his team have already begun work on Season 2. That’s currently in front of cameras in the UK for another 12-episode season, which is expected to end in August 2023. The second season will cover the remaining years before that Villain Onewhich ends around the point where we first met Cassian Andor in 2017.

We hope Gilroy stays beyond that as he has a creator who sees war of stars as having more than one opportunity to smack action figures together on screen is a rare treat.

Andor The first season is available to stream in full on Disney Plus.

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Lindsay Lowe

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