Of Andorwriter/director Tony Gilroy may have turned it into one of the best chapters Star Wars ever seen – not to mention one of the best TV shows of the year. Tony Gilroy still has the whole of it Andor Season 2 needs to be done, production is already starting. But what about after that?
Gilroy has clearly shown his interest in Star Wars leans toward a very different side of the franchise than we’ve seen in recent years: much darker, more dramatic, and more serious musings on the social implications of the Empire vs. Rebellion battle of the franchise. Very little of the high fantasy about Jedi and lightsabers and destinies measured by the Force. It is made Andor a slower-burning case of popularity and success for a Star Wars product, but the acclaim is certainly there.
Will Tony Gilroy join Star Wars Animation guru Dave Filoni and directors like Taika Waititi, Jon Favreau, Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard to help carve out his own corner of the Star Wars TV universe? It’s a daunting question to which Gilroy doesn’t pretend to have an immediate answer; nor is it a chance he’ll shoot down:
“I literally couldn’t even begin to answer that. There’s no way of knowing. It certainly doesn’t feel that way to me,” Gilroy shared. THR in response to a question whether he would do more. “It seems like at the end of five years I want to do something different. I mean, I always like to do something different. I’ve never tried to do the same thing again, but I would never say never or no or something. But what I know for sure is that I don’t know.”
To be fair, what Tony Gilroy, his brother Dan, and House of cards writer Beau Williamson has planned for season 2 is quite ambitious and deserves attention. After Andor Sesaon 1 brought Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor fully into the Rebellion, Season 2 then jumps through the five years between the events of Season 1 and the start of Cassian Andor’s final mission in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Andor Season 1 got that ball rolling, directly linking Cassian’s time in Narkina 5 prison to the construction of the Death Star – a mystery we know he’ll investigate to the end.
If Gilroy and co. get all that done, then it would be good to take the big win and come out on top. But we would also take more Gilroy brand Star Warsin the blink of an eye.
Andor Season 1 is now streaming on Disney+.