Andor series creator Tony Gilroy explains that season 2 will feature a number of time jumps across its 12 episodes that vary in length of time, as the series leads into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The Disney+ series centers on Diego Luna's Cassian Andor as he becomes involved in the early days of the Rebel Alliance's fight against the Galactic Empire. Andor season 1 saw Cassian attract the interest of Rebel agent Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsg蚌d) following an incident that forces him to flee from his adoptive home of Ferrix, leading to Cassian to become involved in a number of events that not only give him insight into the Empire's true tyranny, but mark some of the first instances of Rebellion against the Imperial regime.

In an interview with Deadline following Andor season 1's finale, Gilroy explained how season 2 will handle time jumps that will ultimately lead to Andor directly leading into Rogue One's events. The series' creator revealed that season 2 will pick up with Cassian a year after the events of the season 1 finale's Ferrix uprising, while timeslips across later episodes will vary in length between only a number of days, to as long as a year. Check out Gilroy's full response below:

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Andor Season 2 Needs To Avoid House of the Dragon's Time Jump Issues

While Andor season 1's narrative focused on a series of closely linked events that culminated in the season finale's Ferrix uprising, season 2 will instead explore events taking place across 4 years, picking up in 4 BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) and directly leading into the events of the original trilogy prequel. As such, the inclusion of time jumps may remind audiences of House of the Dragon's controversial time jumps, which saw season 1 of the Game of Thrones prequel explore 19 years of history across 10 episodes, with multiple stars portraying the same characters as they grew older. While time jumps allowed House of the Dragon season 1 to tell a streamlined story, some viewers complained that the structure made it difficult to become attached to the cast, with many potential milestones being omitted from the series that could have further fleshed out the series.

With Andor season 2 featuring a similar structure with its own time jumps, some viewers may fear that the upcoming season may suffer similar issues to House of the Dragon season 1, as it has to cover events including the Rebel Alliance's further formation and Cassian's first meeting with Alan Turdyk's K-2SO. However, Andor season 2 may be able to avoid receiving similar complaints due to having to cover a shorter time period, allowing the series to not only have to condense fewer events into 12 episodes, but can also avoid having to recast any of its core characters. Furthermore, Andor season 1 featured a narrative structure where the majority of its episodes could be rounded into distinct arcs, as such, if season 2 follows a similar structure, it may also be able to be separated into arcs, allowing audiences to clearly understand how each episode ties into one another.

With the gap between Andor seasons 1 and 2 bringing the show closer to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, viewers are anticipating how the series will show Cassian become further involved in the fledgling Rebellion. With confirmation that the series will feature the planet of Yavin 4 and introduce K-2SO, the series is set to tie in more iconic, recognizable Star Wars elements. And while season 2 features more events to cover, Gilroy's response shows that careful consideration has been taken about the season's structure.