November 30, 2022

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers through the Season 1 finale of Andor.]

Plenty of main plot factors are packed into the Season 1 finale of Andor, however actually, one of many yr’s strongest episodes of tv got here all the way down to a speech from a lifeless girl.

Fiona Shaw’s work was the definition of Emmy-worthy within the again half of the season, as Cassian Andor (Diego Luna)’s adoptive mom, totally conscious that she was nearing the tip of her days, grew to become totally dedicated to 1 objective: doing no matter she might to fight the rise of the Empire. Her passing in Episode 11, as seen from the viewpoint of her loyal droid B2EMO, was already a heartbreaking second for the present — the childlike disappointment of “I would like Maarva” jerking tears from anybody who’s ever misplaced a beloved one. However then got here her speech at her personal funeral, courtesy of B2EMO projection.

Right here is the entire rattling speech, as a result of it was worthy of transcribing:

My title is Maara Carassi Andor. I’m honored to face earlier than you. I’m honored to be a Daughter of Ferrix, and honored to be worthy of the stone. Unusual, I… really feel as if I might see it. I used to be six, I feel, first time I touched a funerary stone. Heard our music, felt our historical past. Holding my sister’s hand as we walked all the way in which from Fountain Sq..

The place you stand now, I’ve been extra occasions than I can bear in mind. I at all times wished to be lifted. I used to be at all times keen, at all times ready to be impressed. I bear in mind each time it occurred, each time the lifeless lifted me… with their reality. And now I’m lifeless. And I yearn to carry you. Not as a result of I need to shine and even be remembered. It’s as a result of I would like you to go on. I would like Ferrix to proceed. In my waning hours, that’s what comforts me most.

However I worry for you. We’ve been sleeping. We’ve had one another, and Ferrix, our work, our days. We had one another they usually left us alone. We saved the commerce lanes open, they usually left us alone. We took their cash and ignored them, we saved their engines churning, and the second they pulled away, we forgot them. As a result of we had one another. We had Ferrix.

However we had been sleeping. I’ve been sleeping. And I’ve been turning away from the reality I wished to not face. There’s a wound that gained’t heal on the heart of the galaxy. There’s a darkness reaching like rust into every thing round us. We let it develop, and now it’s right here. It’s right here and it’s not visiting anymore. It needs to remain. The Empire is a illness that thrives in darkness — it’s by no means extra alive than once we sleep. It’s simple for the lifeless to inform you to combat and possibly it’s true, possibly combating is ineffective. Maybe it’s too late. However I’ll inform you this. If I might do it once more, I’d get up early and be combating these bastards from the beginning. Battle the empire!

Andor (Disney+)

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