How 'Andor' Episode 7 will not be part of three-episode arcs seen so far
'Andor' Episode 7 is all set to serve as a standalone chapter. So far, the six episodes aired so far has had an arc with each of them taking up three episodes. While the first three were all about the initial days of Cassian (Diego Luna) on planet Ferrix and his upbringing in Kenari, the next set focussed on his mission with Luthen (Stellan Skarsgard) and the rebels led by Vel Sartha (Faye Marsay) as they plan to raid the Imperial garrison and steal the quarterly payroll.
The still-nascent rebellion scores its first win albeit with a few casualties but the larger picture sees how the Empire now firmly believes that their resistance is a formidable threat. It was already speculated that Episode 7 might cool things down a little and the action takes a backseat. In all probability, the focus might be on Denise Gough's Dedra Meero and Kyle Soller's Syril Karn.
Speaking to The Empire Film Podcast, showrunner Tony Gilroy explained that the new arc starts from Episode 8 and will run till Episode 10. Chapters 11 and 12 will serve as the final arc in the series before the story moves on to an already greenlit Season 2. The man behind the 'Bourne' trilogy also outlined that the next season was completely planned out, and safe to say, the events will directly connect to 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'. The wait though will be for at least a good couple of years.
It's hard to not draw a parallel with the Jason Bourne movies. The first three were all about Matt Damon's character attempting to find out his real identity, while the fourth was standalone with Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross in the lead. Damon's return to the fourth film connected directly to the trilogy meaning 'Legacy' served as a separate film even though it was set in the same world. 'Andor' Episode 7 might take a similar route.
'Andor' Episodes 1-6 are streaming on Disney+.