Andor Season 2’s time jump will be revolutionary for the Star Wars franchise, showrunner Tony Gilroy has teased.
Speaking exclusively to TechRadar before the Disney Plus show debuted on Wednesday, September 21, Gilroy explained why the prequel series’ time-jump component will be unlike anything Star Wars fans have seen before.
Andor takes place five years before Rogue One, the Star Wars film Gilroy co-wrote with Chris Weitz that ended up grossing $1 billion at the global box office in 2016. The Star Wars series charts the rise of the Rebel Alliance, with Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor a key figure around whom many of the series’ supporting casts gather as the Disney Plus series’ overarching narrative unfolds.
The first season, which includes 12 episodes, takes place over a 12-month period as Andor joins the Rebellion and begins to grow into the warrior spy Star Wars fans saw in Rogue One. However, Andor’s second season – which will also consist of 12 episodes – will be set during the four years leading up to Rogue One itself.
Andor Season 2 will therefore feature multiple time jumps, focusing on key events leading up to events depicted in the Gareth Edwards-directed Star Wars film. When asked how this narrative jump would play out in the show’s next season, Gilroy elaborated on how he approached the season’s multi-year format.
“We start shooting the second half [of Andor] in November,” Gilroy confirmed. “When we come back it will be a year later [in the story], and we’re doing a three-episode block that tells that part of the story. Then we’ll do it again a year later, which will focus on year three. After that, years four and five will be recorded, so we will be recording season 2 in four blocks of three episodes.
“But in the first year, it’s a story that takes place across, like, a Friday, Saturday, and a Sunday. Then we jump a year, and we set the story around seven days. Then we jump another year, and I think , it’s told over two weeks. The last block will tell a story that takes place in the five days before Rogue One, so that’s very cool. From a storytelling point of view, it’s very sexy.”
Of course, there have been time jumps between Star Wars projects before. However, as Gilroy pointed out, no Star Wars movie or TV show has jumped forward in time, from a story perspective, during their run times.
As interesting as Andor season 2’s time jump concept sounds, it will be a while before viewers see the fruits of Gilroy’s labor. The Bourne Legacy and Duplicity writer suggested that the show’s second and final installment – Andor will only run for two seasons – won’t be released until sometime in 2024.
“I think Rogue One will be narratively fleshed out by our first season,” he added. “And certainly season one will be fleshed out by what happens in season two. But we won’t be able to talk about that for two years.”
Be sure to stay tuned for our spoiler-free review of Andor’s first four episodes, which goes live later today (Tuesday, September 20). And check back with TechRadar later this week for our in-depth chat with Gilroy and the show’s cast about how Andor breaks with Star Wars tradition.
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Andor arrives on Disney Plus with a three-episode premiere on Wednesday, September 21.