Warning! This article contains spoilers for Andor season 1’s finale.Andor season 1 has ended its 12-episode run, begging the question of what audiences can expect from Andor season 2. Initially, Andor was intended to last five seasons, before being confirmed as two seasons leading into the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. With Andor season 1 featuring a few relatively self-contained story arcs before culminating in the finale, Andor season 2 is expected to more closely resemble Rogue One, both in terms of its titular character and the show’s timeline.
While news on Andor season 2 has been scarce due to Lucasfilm’s expected focus on the first season, there have been a few details revealed about the continuation of the show that is proving the be the best Star Wars since the original trilogy. From brief details on the plot to certain character arcs, Lucasfilm and Andor creator Tony Gilroy have divulged specific teases to tide viewers over until the new season airs. Here is everything currently known about Andor season 2.
The Latest Andor Season 2 News
Andor season 2 has been confirmed, but news is sparse. Andor season 2 began filming in November 2022 and will finish in August 2023, possibly pushing for a late 2024 release date. The cast from season 1 has carried over, but there are unfortunately no trailers or teaser footage from the new season available yet. While there are not many particular details about Andor season 2 thus far, especially in comparison to some Star Wars TV shows releasing after Andor. Some information about Andor season 2 has been revealed though, alongside some huge teases from the season 1 finale. Firstly, it has been confirmed by Gilroy himself that Andor season 2 will partly take place on Yavin 4. Yavin 4 is the planet that houses the Rebellion’s main base in both the original Star Wars and Rogue One, so it makes sense for Andor to feature this as it moves closer to 0BBY.
One other question audiences had in regard to Andor season 1 is why Andor’s droid companion from Rogue One, K-2SO did not appear. Gilroy has directly addressed this (via The Hollywood Reporter), stating that there are multiple storytelling reasons as to why K-2SO was not in Andor season 1. Following this, Gilroy teased fans to simply wait and see, stating that “It’s a story we are eager to tell… When we do it, we’ll do it in a spectacular fashion…”. This all but guarantees an appearance from Alan Tudyk’s fan-favorite droid in Andor season 2, as both Cassian and the story move closer to what is known from Rogue One.
Another thing revealed about Andor season 2 is something that was highly expected for the show as it goes on: the importance of the Death Star. Andor season 1’s post-credits scene answered a burning theory from season 1’s Narkina 5 arc in that the prisoners were building components for the Death Star. With the final shot of Andor season 1 being of the Empire’s dreaded planet killer, Cassian’s eventual death stealing the plans for the station, and Andor season 2 expected to lead directly into Rogue One, it is no surprise that the Death Star will play a big part in the sophomore season.
Andor Season 2 Has Been Confirmed
It’s little surprise Andor was renewed, as both Star Wars fans and critics alike agree it’s arguably the best Star Wars Disney+ show so far. Andor season 2 was confirmed pretty early on in the game, along with the fact that it will be the final installment to the series. Since Andor season 2 leads directly into the events of Rogue One, Cassian’s story can be completed officially, thanks to the standalone Star Wars feature film.
Andor Season 2 Release Date
After the fantastic Andor season 1 finale, the most pressing question is when the follow-up will begin streaming on Disney+. While Disney has not specifically announced when Andor season 2 will release, the shooting schedule and other updates from Tony Gilroy shed some light on when the show can be expected to return. Andor season 2 will begin shooting in November 2022 and is expected to last just under a year, with shooting anticipated to wrap in August 2023. Gilroy has also stated that he anticipates a year-long post-production process as was the case with Andor season 1, meaning Andor season 2 can be expected to release in the last quarter of 2024.
Andor Season 2 Cast
Most of the Andor characters from season 1 will reprise their roles in the Andor season 2 cast. Diego Luna will be back in his titular role of Cassian, along with key rebel spy Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) and his associates Vel (Faye Marsay) and Cinta (Varada Sethu). Bix Caleen (Adria Arjona), Brasso (Joplin Sibtain), and B2EMO all escaped the Empire’s attack on Ferrix, meaning they will be back. Cassian’s biggest antagonists Syril Karn (Kyle Soller) and Dedra Meero (Denise Gough) should also return to the small screen, combining their efforts for one dubious plan. In addition, politician Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) has been confirmed to return, and it’s been hinted by Tony Gilroy that prisoner Kino Loy (Andy Serkis) could also make an appearance in Andor season 2. Unfortunately, Skeen (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), Maarva (Fiona Shaw), and Nemik (Alex Lawther) were all killed off in Andor season 1, meaning they won’t be back unless there are flashbacks.
Andor Season 2 Story Details
In terms of Andor season 2’s story, the details are a little more scarce. That being said, some lingering plot points left over in the Andor season 1 finale hint at the plot of season 2, as can some wider knowledge of the Star Wars universe and the few comments Gilroy has made in regard to season 2. In terms of what Gilroy has mentioned, it is expected that Andor season 2 will feature the titular character learning how to become a leader, and just how difficult it is to build the Rebellion. Given how Andor season 1’s final scene saw Cassian finally embracing the Rebellion by joining Luthen, these comments from Gilroy make a lot of sense.
With Diego Luna’s Cassian now part of Stellan Skarsgård’s Luthen’s team, he will have firsthand experience of building the Rebel Alliance into what it later becomes. Through this, Andor season 2 will almost certainly feature the first meeting of the titular character and Genevieve O’Reilly’s Mon Mothma, a close ally of Luthen. Speaking of Mothma, her continued efforts to stay hidden from the eyes of the Emperor all while building the Rebellion will be a big focus, as will the ramifications of introducing her daughter to Davo Sculdun’s son in the finale, and could lead to big moments known to come from Mon Mothma in Andor season 2, such as the Ghorman Massacre that forces her to abandon Coruscant.
Andor Season 2 Trailer
Though Andor season 2 has been confirmed, there is no Andor season 2 trailer or teasers to speak of, yet. Once filming wraps in August 2023, there will be a roughly year-long post-production, during which time it’s possible that more promos and BTS footage will make its way to the public. Likely, these things could see the light in mid-2024, but that all depends on the Andor season 2 release date.
Andor Season 2 Timeline Explained
With Andor season 1 taking place in 5BBY, many have been wondering how season 2’s timeline will play out. Prior to Andor season 1 airing, Gilroy divulged how Andor season 2’s timeline would differ. The first season takes place over the course of a year, beginning in 5BBY and ending in 4BBY. Andor season 2 is expected to be split into four three-episode arcs, each taking Cassian Andor a year closer to Rogue One. The first batch will begin in 4BBY and end in 3BBY, with the second arc ending in 2BBY, and the third in 1BBY, before Andor season 2’s ending leads into Rogue One.