Andor Showrunner debunks theory about major final death
This article contains spoilers for Andor episode 12.Andor Showrunner Tony Gilroy debunks a fan theory about the season finale’s major death. Andor is the last War of the galaxies original series that will premiere on Disney+. The series serves as a prequel Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and follows Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) as he rises from a petty thief to a leading figure in the Rebellion against the Empire. Andor has received critical acclaim for its aggressive tone and realistic depiction of rebellion and oppression. The season 1 finale premiered on November 23 and caused quite a stir with the death of one of its characters.
In an interview with Weekly entertainment, Gilroy debunks a fan theory that questioned whether Maarva’s (Fiona Shaw) death was legitimate. Maarva is Cassian’s adoptive mother in the show. However, she fell ill Andor episode 11, “Daughter of Ferrix”, and died, causing Cassian to return to Ferrix for her funeral at the end. Although her death seemed final, fans wondered if she might still be alive. One theory suggested that her death was a ruse Cassian used to get Maarva away from the oppression facing Ferrix. However, Gilroy refutes the theory. Check out his statement below:
oh i know I saw this theory. I love this theory. I saw someone with a theory, “Oh my god, she’s not dead. They’re getting her out of there. It’s Cassian’s way of freeing her, and they think she’s dead.” And I said, “Wow, that’s a viable idea,” but that’s not what we’re doing.
What Maarva’s Death Means for Andor Season 2
Based on Gilroy’s denial, it appears that Maarva’s death was final. Given his status and prestige, his death will likely have far-reaching consequences that will spread Andor season 2. After all, the finale already began to explore the ripple effect of his death. Maarva was a respected pillar of her community, and her death sent shockwaves through Ferrix. However, it was a pre-recorded message from Maarva that really struck a chord with the mourners. In the message, he continued his opposition to the Empire even after death and rallied Ferrix to act against the Empire, inciting a mutiny. His mother’s message and the riot very clearly had a profound impact on Cassian which will be further explored in Andor season 2
The second season will explore him officially taking on a true role in the Rebellion after his mother’s death set his decision in motion. He decided to stay in Ferrix like her, as an act of rebellion, and proposed to Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) to hire him as an agent. Now that Maarva’s death has prompted Cassian’s official decision to join the Rebellion, Andor season 2 will further explore the events that took place there Rogue One and how Andor rose to the ranks of the Rebellion.
Also, Maarva’s death could renew Andor’s interest in his long-lost sister, Kerri (Belle Swarc), from his home planet of Kenari. The two separated when Cassian was only 6 years old, and he was raised as Maarva’s adopted son. While Andor was rooting for Kerri in the beginning, mentions and flashbacks of her inexplicably dropped in the middle of the season. Fans are still waiting for this Andor season 2 may explain what happened to him. Considering Maarva’s death, it would make sense that Cassian would have a renewed interest in finding Kerri, since she’s the only family he has left now. Ultimately, the finality of Maarva’s death will likely continue to deeply affect Cassian’s actions Andor season 2 reinvigorating his interest in the Rebellion and potentially his search for his sister.
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