Now that Obi-Wan Kenobi has finished its run, Star Wars fans now have their eyes next on Andor, the upcoming prequel series to Rogue One. Besides exploring the earlier days of the rebellion, it will also lead up to the events of the film when we first saw Cassian Andor for the first time. So how will the series exactly lead to the film given its five-year gap in between?
In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy explained the massive structure of the series which shows how it will lead up to Rogue One. Given its scale, it had a block directing approach during the first season. However, in the second season that will film later this year, they will apply a one-year-per-block structure leading to what we eventually saw in the film.
"The scale of the show is so huge," Gilroy said. "Directors work in blocks of three episodes, so we did four blocks [in Season 1] of three episodes each. We looked and said, 'Wow, it'd be really interesting if we come back, and we use each block to represent a year. We'll move a year closer with each block. From a narrative point of view, it's really exciting to be able to work on something where you do a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and then jump a year."
Before the two-season plan, the series was originally planned to run for five seasons before they went with the current one after realizing the massive scale that the series will have. Now, the series will run for two seasons covering the entire five-year span.
While Gilroy's plan sounds massive and ambitious, it looks like that's the structure that they think would work the best for the series given the scope of the story that they have to tell. The advantage here is that the entire show will run for 24 episodes which gives them a lot of time to tell the story and develop the character arcs.
Now that we know what the structure of the series is, it is now more likely that K-2SO will show up in the latter half of the second season and maybe even some cameos from the other Rogue One characters as well. For now, let's just wait and see what they have in store for the first season.
Andor is set to premiere with two episodes on August 31 on Disney+.