Short Version (TL;DR): Colonel Wullf Yularen announces harsh Empire-wide measures, which Luthen wanted to encourage more people to rebel. Vel is ordered by Kleya to kill Cassian to protect Luthen’s identity. Cassian returns to Ferrix, only to find it’s now under Imperial authority. Syril Karn gets a job opportunity, while Dedra gets a promotion. The episode ends with Cassian being arrested on Niamos after a misunderstanding.
The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire aims to send a strong message to the galaxy following the heist on Aldhani. During a meeting at the Imperial Security Bureau (ISB), Colonel Wullf Yularen (Malcolm Sinclair) announces new Empire-wide measures, including a tribute tax equal to five times the amount stolen from Aldhani for any sector harboring partisan activity. The use of local customs, festivals, or traditions as a cover for rebel activity will result in the permanent revocation of Imperial tolerance. The Public Order Resentencing Directive (PORD) will be invoked, classifying criminal acts as a Class One Offense, even those with indirect effects on the Empire. Prison sentences are under reevaluation, and all outstanding fines and levies are to be paid in full.
“The only question we need to answer is how tight do we close our fist,” Yularen says.
Supervisor Dedra Meero (Denise Gough) disagrees with these plans. She believes that the Empire’s response is precisely what the rebels wanted, and that the ISB is playing right into the enemy’s hands. To her, the heist wasn’t a robbery — it was an announcement.
Dedra requests a Multi-Sector Data Blend going back two years for Imperial Navy bases and repair facilities, including all missing avionics, comm, navigation, and targeting equipment for all star systems. The report is to be given to her directly and kept confidential.
To highlight how dire the situation is, we see a Star Destroyer soaring across the sky in Aldhani as rebel Cinta Kaz (Varada Sethu) tries to find a way to escape.
The Dark Side Of The Rebellion
On Coruscant, Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) listens to the news regarding the heist when Senator Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) arrives at the antique shop seeking answers. She was unaware the heist was going to take place and is displeased to learn Luthen was behind it. She warns that people will get hurt, but for Luthen that was the plan all along. He wants the Empire to double down on its oppressive ways to encourage more people to rebel against them. “We need the fear. We need them to overreact. The Empire has been choking us so slowly, we’re starting not to notice,” Luthen says. He gives her an ultimatum: surrender her conscience or leave, as there are no rules going forward.
Meanwhile, Luthen’s assistant Kleya Marki (Elizabeth Dulau) meets with Vel Sartha (Faye Marsay), who’s disappointed Luthen didn’t come with her. The money is safe, and the freighter is buried. Kleya is nonchalant about the deaths that occurred during the heist and warns Vel not to contact Cinta. Now there’s one loose end to take care of: Cassian. Vel is to find him and kill him to prevent him from turning Luthen over to the Empire. “This is what revolution looks like,” Kleya says.
Later on, Mon chats with her banker friend Tay Kolma (Ben Miles) at a party. She wants to tell him something that only three people in the galaxy know about. When he makes a comment implying he’s anti-Imperial, Mon takes it as a sign he can be trusted. She admits that her Mon Mothma persona is a lie crafted to mislead people, without revealing her ties to the Rebellion.
She reveals to Tay that the Grand Vizier has infiltrated her Separatist Coalition meetings, and her driver is an ISB plant who reports on her secret humanitarian programs. In other words, she’s being watched. Mon needs to get her hands on her family’s money but has lost access to the accounts. She wants to set up “a Chandrilan charitable outreach program,” with Tay as chairman, to funnel the money to the rebellion. Before he can respond, Mon warns that her husband Perrin is oblivious to her true agenda and can’t be trusted. As if on cue, Perrin interrupts, requiring her to schmooze with guests.
You Can’t Go Home Again
Cassian returns to Ferrix and visits Maarva (Fiona Shaw) and B2EMO/Bee (voiced by Dave Chapman). Maarva tells him it’s not safe for him to be there, as Ferrix is under Imperial authority. He learns it was Timm Karlo who turned him in, but it doesn’t really matter now since he was killed by the Corpos. Cassian tells Maarva the three of them are leaving, as he has enough credits to take them anywhere they want to go.
Cassian checks up on Bix (Adria Arjona), and they discuss their past relationship — which could explain Timm’s actions. She tells him the town blames him for what happened. “You killed two Corpos and came home to hide,” Bix points out. “Put the entire town at risk. Now there are Imperials on the street.” She tells Cassian he needs to get out of Ferrix. It’s her way of saying goodbye, permanently. He asks who Luthen is. She doesn’t know, but says he knew about him killing the Corpos, not from her. Cassian wants Bix to tell Luthen he held up his side of the deal and gives her 12,000 credits to repay the people he owes in town.
Seeing Imperial activity in Ferrix triggers flashbacks of Cassian’s adoptive father, Clem. Stormtroopers hung Clem in the town’s square on Rix Road after he tried to calm a rebellious situation. Cassian attacked the troopers afterward, and that’s why he was sent to prison all those years ago. When Cassian returns to Maarva’s, she refuses to leave. Inspired by the garrison heist, she wants to fight for the rebellion. Maarva explains why she takes the long way, so she doesn’t have to see the spot where Clem hung. Cassian doesn’t admit he was part of the heist, but he does say he doesn’t understand why she’d stay. Maarva explains they’re on different paths, and while she loves him, he can’t stay, and she won’t leave. Maarva also tells Cassian to stop searching for his sister because there were no survivors on Kenari.
Moving On Up
Syril Karn (Kyle Soller) is preparing for an interview his Uncle Harlo arranged with the Bureau of Standards. Syril’s mother Eedy (Kathryn Hunter) criticizes his brown suit and reminds her son that he’s not just representing himself, but he’s distracted by the news of the heist.
During his interview, Syril is asked about what happened on Morgana One. He explains that there’s a rebel killer on the loose due to corruption in corporate authority, who killed two co-workers. He was fired for trying to uphold the law. He intends to get justice and clear his name. The interviewer decides to expunge his record before hiring him, giving Syril a clean start with a job in Fuel Purity. The last we see of Syril is him working in his cubicle, well aware that he’s being watched.
Trouble in Paradise
Cassian — who’s going by the name Keef Girgo — is on the beautiful beach planet Niamos with a new lover named Windi (Katrina Nare). On the way to the store, he’s arrested for being part of a crime he had nothing to do with. He tries to explain he’s a tourist, but no one believes him. He’s sentenced to six years in prison, which used to be six months. “I’m just a tourist!” Cassian says as he’s dragged out of court.
The eighth episode of Andor will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on Wednesday, October 26.