Andor’s Gough talks about the moral complexity of Dedra

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Denise Gough’s Imperial Security Bureau agent Dedra Meero is one of the most distinct characters in “Andor.”

It’s a series that bases its strength on the ambiguous nature of its characters, Dedra being one of them as it is first tied to her struggles working in a male-dominated environment – even if that job involves her being employed by the Empire.

Speaking to StarWars.com the other day, Gough went into detail about Dedra’s surprisingly complicated sense of morality and how she wants audiences to approach her character:

“I want you to be very conflicted with your feelings for her. The great thing about Dedra, and what I love about her role, is…when I first started playing her, I was sitting in this room surrounded by these men – a lot of men who weren’t doing their jobs properly. And so I was really supporting Dedra. You’re really on her side. And then she does some things that you just think, ‘D’ Okay, so maybe I can’t take this.”

Dedra must contend with her temperamental colleague Blevin (Ben Bailey Smith), who tries to block her investigations, even as her work attracts the attention of Major Partagaz (Anton Lesser). She may have a desire to do well, but things got darker as the series progressed. Dedra herself isn’t above a bit of torture, and don’t expect a big redemption arc for her either:

“For people watching, initially you really want [Dedra] succeed, because you just see a woman who is really striving to succeed. But then what you have to sit with is, once you get on board with her in the beginning, just because she’s a woman in a man’s world… [she is] equally capable of doing the most heinous things for power. Someone said to me the other day, ‘Please don’t buy it back.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, this is so good.’ Do not apologize. Let her be as ambitious as the baddest of men and color in all the shades so everyone will be in conflict when they watch.

The comments come as the penultimate episode of the first season is set to air next Wednesday on the Disney+ service.

Sharon D. Cole