With the heist successful and news spreading across the galaxy, the surviving rebels split up and go to ground. The Imperial reaction seems primed to be severe, prompting action that seems to serve Luthen Rael’s intentions perfectly. Mon Mothma risks her privileged, prime position in the Senate seeking allies. Syril Karn finds himself in a desk job that may prove to be useful and Cassian Andor becomes a wanted man – with plenty of attention on him from several angles.

After last week’s phenomenal, tense heist episode, this seventh episode slows down the pace once more, but it’s clear that there are an awful lot of moving parts to the story, with threads gradually being drawn together.

The return to the focus on political and bureaucratic machinations is once again incredibly well done and very compelling, thanks to the careful characterisation, measured pace and superb performances all round.

Though there have been satisfyingly few callbacks and references to other Star Wars stories, we do get a very familiar droid model making an appearance – foreshadowing a relationship with our titular character.

Also, one other thing to note is that Nicholas Britell’s score is once more genuinely stunning, perfectly complementing the phenomenal cinematography and naturalistic look that Andor presents.

Last week’s episode was one hell of a payoff to the previous five episodes of build-up; with us being just at the halfway mark for this first season, there are lots of intriguing pieces being moved into place and it feels as if things will be reaching boiling point once more in a few episodes time.

It may still be putting Star Wars fans off with its lack of urgency and the more political angle of its drama, but Andor is the most mature and involving that Star Wars has perhaps ever been. Long may it continue.

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