'Andor': Did Cassian and Jyn Orso survive the destruction at Scarif in 'Rogue One'?

Their deaths were the cost the rebellion had to bear in order, but was there ever a possibility they could have made it out of Scarif?

'Andor': Did Cassian and Jyn Orso survive the destruction at Scarif in 'Rogue One'?
Felicity Jones and Diego Luna in a still from 'Rogue One' (IMDb)
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'Rogue One' killed off pretty much every other protagonist and that included Felicity Jones' Jyn Orso and rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). While the latter has his own standalone series titled 'Andor' that shows the life and times of one of the greatest spies to have ever lived. While the latest 'Star Wars' show serves as a prequel to the 2016 movie, there was always the question of whether the duo survived. Their deaths were the cost the rebellion had to bear in order to get their plan on the Death Star, but was there ever a possibility they could have made it out of Scarif?

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Initially, the plan was to not kill either of the characters. Gary Whitta, 'Rogue One’s screenwriter, said in an interview with EW, that in the last scene of the movie from the original script, “a rebel ship came down and got them off the surface. The transfer of the plans happened later. They jumped away and later [Leia’s] ship came in from Alderaan to help them. The ship-to-ship data transfer happened off Scarif”. This would have certainly changed things. Not only would that have meant changing the future of the characters, but also the show, which would then become a sequel.

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'Star Wars' bringing back dead characters is not novel. They did that with Boba Fett and Darth Maul among others. So if the second season finale were to tie into the movie events and then show them survive, it wouldn't necessarily be a surprise. But the already renewed new installment is a good couple of years away, and that would mean news or hope of their survival will have to wait.

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'Andor's official synopsis reads, "The Andor series will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception, and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero."

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'Andor' releases on September 21, 2022, on Disney+.

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