Andor Creator Debunks Fans’ ‘Nihilistic’ Prison Theory: ‘We’re Not That Dark’

Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy shoots down a popular fan theory regarding what the prisoners at Narkina 5 are up to.


The following contains spoilers for Andor Season 1, Episode 10, “One Way Out”, now streaming on Disney+.

Andor Showrunner Tony Gilroy recently debunked a particularly dark theory about the prison arc in three episodes of the series.


Gilroy dismissed a popular online hypothesis regarding the true nature of the inmate factory routine at the Imperial Prison Complex of Narkina 5 in an interview with Collider. “I heard a theory,” he said. “Someone said, ‘My daughter sent me something [that said] they build something in the next room, then [Cassian and his cellmates are] taking it apart,” which isn’t true. It’s totally nihilistic. I say, “We’re not that dark.” Guess we’ll find out. Yeah. Yeah. Let’s see. Whereas Gilroy has rejected this particular theory about the function of the prison factory, other lines of conjecture (including a possible death star connection) are still open.

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Gilroy’s Comments Indicate Fans Might Get An Answer As To What Exactly Happened On Narkina 5 Before AndorThe two-season run ends. That day is drawing closer and closer, with 10 of the first 12 episodes of the Disney+ series already released. Gilroy recently promised that Andor Season 1 will end with a bang, allaying concerns that the difficulty in assembling the show’s vast cast of characters could hurt the season finale. He added that he aimed to make the final two episodes of the first season the “most powerful” yet, promising they would provide physical and emotional catharsis.


What awaits Star Wars fans in Andor S2?

Gilroy also hinted at what fans can wait for Andor Season 2, confirming that the narrative will include multiple time jumps spanning a total of four years. The showrunner also described the second season as “very different” from the first, noting that the show’s focus would no longer be on Cassian Andor’s transformation into a revolutionary. “[Andor Season 2’s] about learning to be a leader and how hard it is to set up the alliance and what happens to people who are the original gangsters versus the establishment and a whole lot of other issues. .. I hope what we will do in Part Two [of the series] will make the meal really satisfying,” Gilroy said.

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Gilroy’s willingness to experiment with time jumps and a more adult-oriented tone on Andor distinguished the series from other entries in the star wars saga, and the showrunner wants others to follow his example. He expressed his hopes for the future of the franchise in a recent interview, saying that storytellers take risks like Andor has would be “the coolest thing”.

New episodes of Andor Season 1 arrives on Disney+ on Wednesdays.

Source: Collider

Sharon D. Cole