The creator of the series, Tony Gilroyrevealed at a press day for the show that while the series — a prequel that shows the formative years of Diego Luna’s character from rogue one – was designed with a five-year plan in mind, the show will instead consist of only two seasons.
Gilroy explained that production on a five-season show would simply take too long (via Deadline):
We cover a year in our first 12 episodes that we’ve finished, in fact we’re finishing up our final mix on [episode] 12 tomorrow. We’re going to do another 12 episodes starting in November and the organizing principle of filming is that we do blocks of three, so last year we looked at the difficulty of doing five years, which seemed like it would take us the next 30 years
Instead, the next (and final) season is due Andor will be divided into four separate blocks of three episodes. Each one will cover a year in Andor’s life. After a total of 24 episodes, Gilroy said, the final moments of Andor will “follow the audience directly into the first scenes of Rogue one.” Gilroy co-wrote Rogue one screenplay, and also did uncredited work on the film’s post-production, overseeing some of its reshoots and editing.
While two seasons is a lot less than five, look at it this way: the first season of Andor is 12 episodes long. That’s twice as many episodes as The book about Boba Fat‘s season. If that show ran for five seasons, it would produce 30 episodes; not much more than the 24 we get Andor. So it’s not a massive loss when you look at it that way.
Andor premieres on Disney+ on September 21.
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