The ending of the new episode of “Andor” is explained. Here’s why it tells us a lot more than you think.

At the end of the tenth episode of Andor, two people are running along the beach, and this scene tells us a lot. The entire episode also resolves the fate of Kino Lo (Andy Serkis), which only seems inexplicable at first glance.

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At first glance, the finale of Andor’s first season, episode ten, only tells us that Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) is finally living with his prisoner (and soon-to-be Rebellion best friend) Ruescoth Melshi (Duncan Pow). managed to escape Narkina 5 and they got out of the water. But they are probably in the minority…

Are around 5000 fates open?

Of course, we don’t (yet) know what happened to the other 5,000 or so prisoners on Narkina 5. But the final shot of the episode tells us more about it than you might think at first glance. Then Not only do we see Andor and Melsh walking on the beach, but the spaceships’ active lightsabers can be seen in the background.

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They must be Imperial search parties. And after everything we’ve been told recently about the Empire and how they treat prisoners, they aren’t there to round up escapees either, but will kill everyone to cover up as much as possible.

The fact that we now only see two men on this beach, Andor and Melshi, should tell us that the Empire has largely succeeded in doing this. Andor and Melshi are probably not the only survivors. We see the prisoners swimming away in different directions. Small groups could find a way to land elsewhere and make it so.

But survivors are in the minority, as these two men demonstrate. The end shows us only two people. Many of the 5,000 prisoners lost their lives escaping. Later we see that some of them fell in battle. Many also probably drowned during the long journey or were shot from the air by search parties.

And what about Kino Lo? It must be bad news.

This type of narration corresponds to the previous story of “Andor”. Since series creator Tony Gilroy and his team don’t always make things clear, let’s draw our own conclusions. They also like to use parallel narratives to show what happened. This is especially true of Kino Lo, played by Andy Serkis.

Together with Cassian Andor, he becomes the leader of the rebellion. But when the prisoners leave Narkina 5, she stops before jumping into the water. He can’t swim. Before Andor can respond, the would-be Rebel scout is chased away by the mob. Kino Loy remains on the platform. It is not revealed whether he later jumps, is pushed into the water by the crowd, or is simply forced to remain on the prison platform. His fate remains unclear at first glance, but we have a good idea of ​​the outcome.


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Kino Loy reveals he can’t swim, probably the last we’ll see of him.

While it’s certainly possible that Serkis returns as Kino Loy and turns out to have somehow survived, we don’t believe it. Another argument against this is that Prison Break is repeatedly interrupted by Luten Rael’s (Stellan Skarsgård) narrative. Of particular note is the conversation with ISB boss Lonnie Jung (Robert Emms), who works for him as an informant shortly after Kino Loy left.

When Lonnie, tormented by his double life, wants to know from Luten what he is sacrificing, he makes a big speech. The string-puller behind the insurgency’s terrorist attacks not only provides additional insight into the dark side of the freedom struggle. He makes it clear that people have to be sacrificed for this and that he can no longer afford to have a conscience. First of all Luten emphasizes that his destiny is to fight for a better world, from which he will never have anything. Because it will be impossible for him to survive in this fight against the fascist empire, even if he is so guilty that he doesn’t want to live anymore.

The performances in this episode are important

Luten here mirrors Kino Lo. As a warden of his fellow prisoners, who had thus far suppressed all signs of rebellion, he also bore great guilt. And with his release, he now fights for a future he will never live again. Kino Loi is also suspicious of the dark fate that awaits him, doesn’t he know that he will escape over water (the episode title makes it clear that there is only “One Way Out”). It is clear to him that he can no longer take the last steps. He hints at his fate early on.

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Big speeches also play a big role here. When Kino Loy encourages his shift to run away early in the episode, his words are clear. It not only reminds us that “there is only one way out of here”, but ends with the call:

“You do what you want! But I’ll pretend I’m already dead.”

And when, later, after taking over the communications system, he repeats and appropriates Andor’s previous words to force the remaining prisoners to escape, he not only speaks again “there’s only one way out of here”, but also speaks of another Mark. death

“I’d rather die trying to destroy them than give them what they want.”

With these words, Kino Loi not only perfectly describes the slowly gathering rebellion, which is becoming more and more popular thanks to the measures taken by the Empire, but also anticipates his own death. So don’t expect to see Kino Loy in the next two episodes of Andor, which will wrap up the first season. But, of course, we cannot be too sure, after all, “Andor” always manages to surprise its audience.

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