There is no waiting for an extension here. The second season of Andor has been confirmed and filming has already started on the sequel to the incredible Rogue One prequel.
So what’s next for the Star Wars series? Creator Tony Gilroy has already been pretty forthcoming about what to expect from Andor Season 2, which will also be the final season. In our Disney Plus show guide, we go over what’s been said about Cassian’s next steps – including time skips and new characters.
We’ll also address speculation about the release date and put together some clues as to when we can expect Andor to return. We’ll also go over potential story beats (including Gilroy’s explanation of how the show will end), the cast, and when a trailer might appear. It’s all here in our Andor Season 2 cheat sheet…
Andor season 2 release date speculation
According to Collider (opens in new tab)Andor Season 2 began filming on November 22, 2022 and cameras will roll through August 2023. While no release date has been confirmed, it gives us an indication of when we can expect the new season to arrive on Disney Plus.
Filming for the first season wrapped in August/September 2021 and debuted a year later on Disney Plus (the original August 31 release date was pushed back a few weeks). If that’s the case again, unfortunately we’ll have to wait until 2024 for Andor Season 2 – most likely again in September. Tony Gilroy confirmed this, telling Collider: “If past is predicate and we do the same as before, it will happen on the same schedule. It will come out two years later.”
The new season will also have 12 episodes, meaning the show could finally come to an end in late 2024.
Andor Season 2’s cast should include some returning Rogue One faces
There’s a long list of names we expect to return for Andor season 2. Diego Luna is back as Cassian Andor. We can’t take things for granted given the time jumps ahead – more on that below – but all the main cast and supporting characters should be back, too.
This includes Stellan Skarsgard as Lüthen; Denise Gough as Dedra Meero; Kyle Soller as Syril Karn; Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma; Faye Marsay as Vel; Varada Sethu as Cinta and Adria Arjona as Bix.
While some characters – like Fiona Shaw’s Maarva and Andy Serkis’ Kino Loy – won’t be returning, there should be an expanded focus on other fringe characters. Brasso (Joplin Sibtain)saw Gerrera (Forest Whittaker), Sergeant Mosk (Alex Farne) and Perrine (Alastair Mackenzie) all fall under this category. The ISB is also likely to increase its ranks and could see the return of the likes of Partagaz (Anton Lesser) and Supervisor Blevin (Ben Bailey Smith).
Given the proximity to Rogue One, more characters from the Star Wars spin-off could make an appearance in Andor Season 2. The Alan Tudyk voiced K2SO will likely make an appearance. Tony Gilroy to The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) about the droid’s absence in season one: “When we [show K2SO]we’re going to do it in a spectacular way, instead of presenting it and ignoring it, or presenting it and hiding it, or the bad versions that we would have been forced to make.” That sounds very much like validation to us.
Of course, there are other Rogue One characters – like Ben Mendelsohn’s Krennic – that would fit the show’s tone well. No confirmation yet, but don’t be surprised if we get a cameo or two.
Story of Andor season 2: when will it be set and what happens next?
Andor’s first season ended with several of its key players at a crossroads. Andor has seemingly (and permanently) been taken under the wing of Luthen – while the shadow of the Death Star hangs over the show. He will likely be the focal point of the rebellion, helping it grow from a small group into the Death Star-destroying force we’re seeing in A New Hope’s time.
Mon Mothma, meanwhile, has teamed up with businessman Davo Sculdun. Her children’s union will help stop the Empire from sifting through Mothma’s funds – and will allow Mon to move more money towards the fledgling rebellion effort. Given the time jump, she could have a more high-profile role in the rebellion. The Empire’s grip on the galaxy will also be a bit looser after their defeat on Ferrix.
Speaking of empire, ISB’s Dedra is one of the people most affected by the finale. After being attacked by the people of Ferrix, she lost her confidence (and her fearsome gaze). Could Syril be the one to help her regain her mojo as the rebellion grows and grows? For more on how Season 1 ended, check out our Andor Episode 12 recap.
Season 2 of Andor will also cover a four-year period, from 4 BBY to the first scene of Rogue One in 0 BBY. Check out the Star Wars timeline for details on where it lands in terms of major events in the franchise.
“We’ll come back a year later. It’s going to be very different. The next four years [of story] it’s not about becoming a revolutionary. It’s about learning to be a leader and how difficult it is to build an alliance and what happens to people who are the original gangsters, anti-establishment and a lot of other things,” Gilroy said in an interview with Rolling Stone (opens in new tab).
The creator also teased the season 2 finale and its connection to the broader Star Wars universe. “Our final scene of the show, our 24th episode, takes the audience straight into Rogue One and straight into the first scene of Rogue One,” he told THR.
Additionally, the second season is effectively divided into four parts. Each block of three episodes will cover a year in Andor’s life leading up to the events of Rogue One.
“We’re going to do three episodes and skip a year, and three episodes and skip — we’re going to do four years in 12 episodes,” Gilroy told us earlier this year. So expect more House of the Dragon-style discourse on whether the show is jumping around in time too much.
When can we expect an Andor Season 2 trailer?
All eyes on Star Wars Celebration in April. By then, a large chunk of filming will be complete and — fingers crossed — that means there’s enough footage to put together a trailer for Andor Season 2. However, it may only be a brief teaser. A longer trailer may be released in June or July 2023, depending on the show’s release date.
For more on what’s to come in a galaxy far, far away, check out our guide to the upcoming Star Wars movies.