Star Wars: Andor, or simply Andor is an upcoming Disney+ Star Wars-themed streaming series that is set to premiere on August 31, 2022 on the streaming platform. The first season is going to consist of 12 episodes, but we also know that a second 12-episode season is going to be produced. While we’re still enjoying the news and the recently released trailer, we have decided to tell you the story behind the show’s name and what the title actually means.
The title Star Wars: Andor is a reference to the titular character of the show, similarly to other Disney+ Star Wars shows. The titular character of the series is Cassian Andor, so his last name is actually in the title. As far as it is known at this moment, the last name Andor doesn’t have any specific meaning, but it might be revealed at some point.
In the rest of this article, we are going to tell you about the name of the Andor series, as well as some details about the titular protagonist. This article is going to be your primary source of information on the series, its name, and its titular character. Andor is coming out in roughly three months and you need to be prepared for what’s coming to you!
What does “Andor” in Star Wars: Andor mean?
The full title of the upcoming Star Wars television series, set to premiere on August 31, 2022, is Star Wars: Andor; it is, for practical reasons, most often called Andor. But, what does that mean? What is the meaning of the show’s title? As far as we know, the word “Andor” doesn’t mean anything specific. There are some Legends characters with that name, but the etymology of the term is unclear. So, what does the title refer to?
It’s quite simple – the title refers to the titular character, Cassian Andor. Cassian Andor was introduced in the Rogue One film, and the series will simply carry his name, just like the recent Obi-Wan Kenobi series, but also The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, both of which are named after the titular characters.
Who is Cassian Andor, the protagonist of Star Wars: Andor?
Cassian Jeron Andor was a human from the planet Fest and served as an intelligence officer and captain in the Rebel Alliance during the start of the Galactic Civil War. Cassian Jeron Andor was born on the planet Fest approximately twenty-six years before the Battle of Yavin. During the Clone Wars, her father was killed by the Galactic Republic during a protest against Republican military expansion at the Carida Military Academy.
Cassian thus joined, at the age of 6, an insurgent cell affiliated with the Confederation of Independent Systems with which he threw stones at Republican vehicles and clone troopers. Shortly after, the Republic became the Galactic Empire and Cassian joined the Rebel Alliance. During his career, Cassian encountered the security droid K-2SO, which he reprogrammed for the Rebellion.
He posed as Willix, an agent of Ord Mantell’s government; for Aach, a Senate contact on Darkknell and for Joreth Sward, one of Imperial Admiral Grendreef’s aides. He was also a Fulcrum in the Albarrio sector. Cassian Andor was also instructed to enter into negotiations with the Clan Hutt.
Stationed in the Great Temple on Yavin 4, he attended the meeting in which Mon Mothma assigned an important mission to Jyn Erso, to find her father Galen who had been working on plans for an Imperial secret weapon: the Star of Dead. Because of Jyn’s reckless and rebellious nature, Cassian was assigned to keep an eye on her during the mission.
As Cassian, Jyn, and K-2SO were about to leave, General Draven called out to the captain and told him that, contrary to what had been said during the meeting, Galen would not ultimately be exfiltrated but killed, and that’s it. it was Cassian who had to take care of eliminating him. Once on Jedha, Cassian and Jyn entered Jedha City.
Cassian explained to Jyn that he had a contact in Saw Gerrera’s group but that it had disappeared, and that he hoped to find his sister in order to introduce them to Saw. It was at this moment that he said to Jyn the famous phrase: “hope is the basis of all rebellion”. The two acolytes continued on their way and emerged in front of an Imperial assault tank, surrounded by many Stormtroopers.
But this convoy fell into an ambush organized by the Rebelllion, and Jyn and Cassian had to take cover. Jyn, who had seen a little girl lost in the middle of this fight, decided to rescue her, but once she was saved and recovered by her mother, Jyn had to run to take shelter near the tank. As a rebel was about to throw a grenade at the tank, Cassian shot him, saving Jyn from certain death.
As they fled the ambush, Cassian came face to face with a seemingly lone Stormtrooper, whom he shot down with a blaster. Just then, a group of several other Stormtroopers landed in front of him, forcing him to take cover, Jyn hot on his heels. They then found themselves trapped between two groups of Stormtroopers; Cassian took care of the first group of Stormtroopers while Jyn took care of bludgeoning those of the second group. With the Stormtroopers downed, K-2SO arrived, though he was supposed to stay at the ship, as Cassian reminded him.
As they continued their journey through the alleys of Jedha City, they came across a new Imperial patrol, much more numerous than the last. A Stormtrooper, believing Jyn and Cassian prisoners of K-2SO, asked the latter where he was taking them. Their situation became very complex, until the intervention of Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus who single-handedly eliminated the Imperial patrol.
Rid of the Imperial soldiers, rebels from Saw Gerrera landed and captured them, as the four claimed they were not Imperials. Jyn had to reveal her identity so they wouldn’t be killed, which allowed them to be led to Saw.