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ANDOR Episode 12 BREAKDOWN! Every Star Wars EASTER EGG + Ending Explained

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Andor’s season 1 finale completes the origin story of Cassian Andor…and leads us one step closer to the completion of the Death Star. We break down all of the Star Wars easter eggs, the meaning of the episode, and theorize what’s next for season 2.

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Written and Hosted by Ryan Arey (
Edited by Harriet Lengel-Enright, Randolf Nombrado, and Srinidhi Rao

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I am continually amazed by how great this show is. Tony Gilroy quietly put together one of the all-time best star wars experiences, and by far the best prequel story in star wars. Even though we know how this story ends, it’s still captivating. Let me know where you rank Andor within Star Wars down in the comments. But now, let’s get to the breakdown.

Last episode I pointed out how the opening title adds more instruments every episode. [clips, crossfade] This is done for a couple reasons. It’s symbolic of how the rebellion is slowly coming together. But it’s also showing Andor emerging from obscurity to become a hero of the rebellion.

But every episode’s instruments also reflect the story. For instance, the first three episodes included tribal drums [clip] to reflect Cassian’s childhood. This episode is very heavy with horns and drums. [clip]. Drums obviously are used in a march to war [fury road clip]. But here the drums and horns have a literal meaning in the episode–they’re from Maarva’s funeral procession. [clip, crossfade].

In fact it’s a clever reveal that the theme has actually been this music that’s native to Ferrix, all along. This is showing that the rebellion in Cassian is in his blood, it’s part of who he is, but it’s taken 12 episodes for it to fully emerge. And it took the funeral to help him fully realize his potential as a rebel–and the funeral is scored by this same theme.

The episode opens with Wilmon soldering his bomb together.

Doug: Wilmon? Who’s Wilmon?

He’s actually been in four episodes already, just in the background. He was working with Salman paak in the first episode, right here. Remember, salman paak is the guy who owned the secret radio Bix used. The empire tortured and killed him a few episodes ago. [kill him, etc]. So now, Wilmon is looking at Salman’s picture, as motivation for him to create this bomb.

Next Dedra lands on Ferrix, exiting an imperial shuttle with 2 death troopers. Now we first saw death troopers accompanying Orson Krennic in Rogue one, and later Grand Admiral Thrawn in Star wars rebels. Basically, they are elite stormtroopers who can actually fight, and they usually accompany ISB agents or high ranking officials. Easy ways to remember this is the black armor pairs nicely with the white uniforms.

One thing I did not know until recently is that the emperor named the death troopers because he wanted people to think they were literally undead troopers. There were rumors that the empire had created soldiers who could not die, and the emperor wanted to feed that fear.

Back to andor, where 3 of the episodes key players converge in the first ferrix scene, Xanwan is the comms guy who told cassian about maarva, Brasso is his friend who was his alibi for the murder, and the eventual traitor is named Nurchi. You’ll remember, Cassian owed him money in the first episode. [clip, big guy being nice].

All of their roles in the finale were foreshadowed in the first episode, where we saw that Brasso was loyal, Xanwan helped cover Cassian’s tracks, and Nurchi only cares about money.

Ferrix is a bustle of activity, and this is where the production design of this show really shines. The mandalorian, Obi wan, and the book of boba fett are mostly filmed on the volume, a dome of LCD screens that creates digital environments. And the volume is cool–but Andor is filmed on these wide, expansive sets. These sets allow the episode’s directors to place in more extras, more activity, so everything feels real…sort of random, like this real world where people are just trying to get home from work or go to the pub.

And this attention to detail really pays off when we know the significance of these bricks, the dead of Ferrix are the literal foundation of their society. [you become a brick]. There’s something charming about knowing that the same care that went into creating the sets is shared by the characters in the show, when they built their world.

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