Andor‘s first season showed fans the very early days of what was to become war of stars“Rebel Alliance. At the time of the show, the rebels were essentially separate cells working in different ways against the Empire, loosely overseen by Stellan Skarsgårds Luthen and Elizabeth Dulaus Kleya.
At this point, the Empire isn’t even sure there is a coordinated rebellion, with ISB Supervisor Dedra Meero being the only person beginning to connect the dots between seemingly unrelated attacks on Imperial facilities. So how do we get from there to the original trilogy where the Rebel Alliance is a fully armed militia capable of engaging in open combat against the Empire?
Fans on r/StarWars are browsing the movies and TV shows trying to figure out where the rebels went from being a nuisance to an existential threat to the Empire itself:
There are a few points in there war of stars history who are obvious candidates. The Battle of Yavin and the destruction of the Death Star represents the first major victory against the Empire, marking a major setback and proving to the galaxy that the Imperials are not invincible:
It’s hard to ignore the fact that your moon-sized space station is being blown up by a Tatooine farm boy:
We’d like to see the Imperial propaganda machine film the Death Star sinking:
But there are other candidates. The Battle of Scarif in Villain One showed that the rebels were well-trained, determined, and equipped with cutting-edge hardware:
This user summarizes it as a process rather than a sudden realization that they have an actual battle ahead:
Andor‘s second season should clarify this. This is said to take place in the three years leading up to the Battle of Yavin and presumably depicts the various rebel factions uniting under the banner of the Rebel Alliance. This is currently being filmed in the UK and is scheduled to air in 2024.
It will be a painful wait, but once Andor is complete, we should have a clear picture of exactly how the Rebel Alliance grew into the force that could crush an empire.
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