Star Wars: Andor Showrunner Debunks Maarva's Fake Death Theory

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There is little doubt that there have been several theories about the first season of Andor, and some of them have been confirmed. The latest theory suggests that Maarva Andor may have faked her death to encourage the people of Ferrix to rebel against the Galactic Empire.

So did Maarva only fake her death in Andor? Showrunner Tony Gilroy addressed the possibility that Cassian's mother is still alive.


In the Andor season finale, B2EMO displayed a recording of Maarva urging the people to attack the Empire during her funeral. Everyone immediately listened to her, fighting back against the garrison. It didn't take long before viewers began wondering if Maarva was truly dead or if she faked her death to kickstart the rebellion.


Tony Gilroy recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly where he was asked about the fan theory.

"I saw that theory. I love that theory," Gilroy said. "I saw somebody with a theory, 'Oh, my God, she's not dead. They're sneaking her out of there. It's Cassian's way of getting her free and they think she's dead.' And I was like, 'Wow, that's a viable idea,' but that's not what we're doing."

It's unfortunate that Maarva is truly dead. Still, we're glad that she continued to do what needed to be done to make sure her death was not in vain.

Interestingly, the Andor finale had a surprising post-credits scene showing droids assembling the machinery produced by the Narkina 5 prisoners which makes up the firing section of an Imperial superweapon. Amazingly, it confirms that the Death Star continues to be a part of Cassian's fate.

All episodes of Andor Season 1 are now streaming on Disney+. Andor Season 2 has already been confirmed but has not yet been given an official release date. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.

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