Today, the first season of Lucasfilm’s latest live-action Star Wars series, Andor, came to a close with its twelfth episode, “Rix Road.” Following the events of the action-packed finale, audiences were also treated to a brief post-credits scene that ties together the events of the show and the film it precedes in a haunting way.
Warning: This article contains spoilers for Andor and Rogue One.
Andor sees the return of Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, a character that first appeared in the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The series explores a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero.
Set five years before the events of Rogue One, the 12-episode first season explored the spark of events that triggered Cassian to become involved with the Rebellion.
During the post-credits scene, we see an army of droids carrying and installing the large components that Cassian and the other prisoners were assembling in the prison on Narkina 5. Throughout the course of the show, audiences questioned if there was a significance to what exactly the Empire was tasking them to build. And as the shot pans out, we see that they were contributing to the construction of the Death Star — and more specifically, it appears those specific parts are key to the structural integrity of the panels that comprise the planet-killing superlaser.
This reveal is not only disturbingly meaningful for the events of the show, but also for Rogue One as well, given that the film directly revolves around Cassian, Jyn, and their crew stealing the blueprints for the Death Star. Their heroic mission costs them their lives, because in the end, the very superweapon they’re fighting to take down shoots a deadly blast down upon the Citadel Tower on Scarif.
While the first season of Andor is finished, this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Cassian Andor. The show will conclude with a second season, which is set to include another 12 episodes that will cover the final four years leading directly up to Rogue One. In the meantime, catch up on all of our episodic recaps here.
The entire first season of Andor is now streaming exclusively on Disney+.