Over the course of the first season of Star Wars: Andor, audiences met and said goodbye to some compelling characters, though the nature of the Star Wars fandom means there’s always speculation about the concept of a character actually being dead. Now the season 1 finale of Andor streaming on Disney+, fans witnessed several riveting sequences that saw speculation about the fate of select characters only intensify in support of both their deaths and survival, but at least as far as one significant figure is concerned, showrunner Tony confirmed Gilroy that they are definitely dead.
WARNING: Spoilers below for Season 1 of Star Wars: Andor
Arguably the most important person in Cassian Andor’s life was Maarva, who served as a mother figure to Diego Luna’s character, but Maarva’s death occurred offscreen before the season ended. In the season finale, the audience witnessed Fiona Shaw’s Maarva deliver a powerful eulogy of Rebellion, with some fans thinking it was all a ruse as part of her Rebel plans, but Gilroy confirmed she definitely died.
In consultation with Weekly entertainment Gilroy confirmed the theory that Maarva’s death was faked: “I saw that theory. I like that theory. I saw someone with a theory, ‘Oh my God, she’s not dead. They’re sneaking her out of there. It’s from Cassian’s way to get her out and they think she’s dead.’ And I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a viable idea,’ but that’s not what we’re doing.”
In addition to thinking the death was faked for symbolic reasons, some fans even thought that Maarva’s more subtle off-screen demise was due to a complication related to production or an evolving script.
“I was really happy about a week ago, because every day I voyeuristically drop by on Twitter to see what the heck is going on and what people are saying,” the filmmaker explained. “I loved the idea that, ‘Oh my God, Tony Gilroy knows how to do it anyway, but he cuts her dead out of the picture. Did they have a production problem or was it a scheduling problem or what was it? Why? to do that?’ And no I knew I wouldn’t have done that if I didn’t know I had the eulogy I had the idea for the eulogy a long time ago so having that in my hip pocket it’s almost mandatory to put it that way way. Yeah. So it was good. It’s a nice bit of writing.”
Season 1 of Star Wars: Andor now streaming on Disney+.
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