Warning! Spoilers ahead for the series premiere of Andor, “Kassa.”
The latest live-action Star Wars series Andor has finally arrived on Disney+ with a jam-packed three-episode premiere. The first episode, “Kassa” introduced audiences to Rogue One hero, Cassian Andor five years before the events of the film.
Equal parts character study and thriller, Andor is a fresh spin on Star Wars that will give fans old and new something to dig into. With so much going on, we’ll look at the ending of “Kassa” and what it means.
Similar to The Book of Boba Fett, Andor has a “now and then” structure, flashing back to his childhood on Kenari and then back to the present. It’s clear that the flashbacks play a huge role in the story as well as informing us about who Cassian is.
In the opening sequence of “Kassa,” Andor goes to a bar looking for his sister before getting attacked by some Pre-Mor (Empire) employees and killing them in self-defense. While this will be the external conflict, it’s clear his internal conflict stems from his childhood on Kenari with his sister.
Kenari is a new world introduced in Andor with plenty of mysteries to solve. It appears to depict an Indigenous culture, reflecting actor Diego Luna’s own Mexican heritage and Andor’s accent as a result. This representation is exciting and necessary, but we still have a lot to learn about Kenari.
For example, young Cassian appears to be the caretaker of his younger sister in a community of all children with no adults around. Though we don’t know the circumstances yet, that would be a traumatic and difficult upbringing for anyone.
The final moments of the episode hint at this tension as Cassian leaves his sister behind to join the older children in exploring. Clearly Cassian–or Kassa–wants to protect his sister while finding his own identity and path, a choice that has followed him throughout his life for better or worse.
Andor is available to stream on Disney Plus.
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