Why Cassian Finally Deserves His Place in the Rebellion

Andor Episode 12 brought Season 1 to a close, and the finale was every bit as thrilling and cathartic in its resolutions as many Star Wars fans had hoped. The pursuit that Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) has been on the run from Episode 1 has finally come to an end: Cassian must return to his homeland of Ferrix to see his mother Maarva (Fiona Shaw) settle down and deal with various factions of the law, the empire, and the rebellion, all firing at him. There was also the matter of rescuing his friends like Bix (Adria Arjona) and Brasso (Joplin Sibtain), who were caught in the crossfire.

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW

What happens at the end of Season 1 of Andor?

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In the end, Cassian Andor managed to outsmart anyone who had a target on his back and get his friends to safety. However, Cassian was assured at that point that Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) would never set him free to roam the galaxy as a loose end – not when Cassian could identify his face. The events of Season 1 of Andor left Luthen more exposed than ever, and reducing that threat was his top priority.

After getting Bix and co. to the safety of a ship, Cassian made the bold move to get back in and make for Luthen’s ship before the rebel leader could escape the chaos of the riot at Maarva’s funeral. However, instead of dropping Luthen and shooting first (as we know he usually does), Cassian actually puts down his blaster and informs Luthen that he is out of plays and surrenders to Luthen’s final decision: killed Cassian, or “take him with you.”

Andor Ending Explained: Why Cassain Deserves His Place as a Rebel

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The last episode of Andor is as tense and action packed as anything we’ve seen in the series – and that’s saying a lot. However, much of Cassian Andor’s actual character development becomes remarkably subdued in the episode – as arguably throughout the season.

While Maarva’s final message to the people of Ferrix was a rousing speech of rebellion and hope, Cassian was busy sneaking around and saving his friends. While he may not show it, Maarva’s speech – about how Ferrix could ignore the Empire for so long, to their own ultimate detriment – was overheard by Cassian. His adopted mother’s parting words—not to mention the legacy of her life—finally brought home what Cassian couldn’t hear earlier in the season, during the last argument he had with Maarva: a greater duty than just some money grab and run and hide and live for themselves.

It wasn’t just Maarva’s speech: in the course of Andor In Season 1, Cassian tried to stick to his loner code and isolate himself from attachment and caring – especially after finally accepting that all ties to his original home (his sister) were truly gone. However, due to the injustices of the Empire, he and those closest to him always returned – especially when he was thrown in prison and forced into indentured servitude due to a technicality. In short: Cassian had literally and figuratively gotten it into his head that the Empire was a problem that wouldn’t go away, and the finale is when he transitions from a calculating schemer to a true rebel fighting for a greater good: namely by making saving his friends his top priority.

What does Cassian Andor mean when he says to Luthen, “Kill Me or Take Me In”?

At the final exchange of dialogue between Cassian and Luthen, Cassian issues an ultimatum: “Kill me, or take me with you.”

While some viewers may think Cassian dared Luthen to kill or arrest him, Andor season 1’s thematic arc — plus everything we know about season 2 — says otherwise. By “take me in,” Cassian means that Luthen should include him in the real network of Rebel Alliance agents he has working – a network that we know Luthen will actually do dark deeds to build, nurture and to protect. In the first Andor story arc, Luthen envisioned Cassian as a truly unique and special recruit candidate, but Cassian was far too selfish and cynical to participate. After the robbery of Aldani and his time in prison in Narkina 5, Cassian knows how serious the threat from the Empire is – and how illusionary and the semblance of normalcy or safety it is. He is finally a true believer in the rebellion.

How Andor season 2 begins

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Andor Season 1 was all about the story of how Cassian Andor joined the Rebel Alliance; Season 2 is already in production and follows Cassian and co. operating as full rebel agents.

That has been revealed Andor Season 2 also follows the mini-arc structure of Season 1 over an additional 12 episodes in total. It has also been suggested that each arc can jump in time through the five-year period between the start of the series and when Cassian dies stealing the Death Star plans in Rogue One.

Andor Episode 12’s post-credits scene seems to galavanize Season 2’s story as well, as it’s confirmed that the work at Narkina 5 Cassian and his fellow inmate Ruescott Melshi determined to expose was indeed the construction of the Death Star. Now Cassian has some deep, rich reasons to spend Andor Season 2 following the secret of Narkina 5 all the way to Galen Erso in Rogue One.

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