‘Andor’ Episode 6 Explained: Star Wars Heist Ends With A Deliciously Diabolical Twist


Star Wars Series Andor reached its half Wednesdaywhen episode 6 hit Disney+. Cassian (Diego Luna) continued his journey to become the Rebel Alliance hero we meet in A thugapparently having gained the trust of his new rebel buddies as they prepare for a heist at an Imperial garrison, where they are going to steal a huge pile of cash.

Unless everything goes wrong and they are slaughtered. The only one guaranteed to survive is Cassian.

On the galactic capital Coruscant, rebellion against the Empire is to be orchestrated by Senator Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) and scout Luther Rael (Stellan Skarsgard). They’re desperately trying to stay one step ahead of the Empire’s spies and informants.

Unfortunately for them, Cassian’s Past Flight caught the eye of the beautifully dressed Imperial Security Bureau Supervisor Dedra Meero (Denise Gough), who believes this points to a broader rebellion. She’s 100% right, but her bureaucratic superiors will need convincing.

Andor is set five years before Rogue One, which depicted events just before the original Star Wars movie A new hope. Scroll down if you want to join in on an all episode 6 SPOILERS heist.


Aldhani’s work

ALDHANI – Much like last week, this episode is super focused on the Rebel crew as they move towards the Imperial garrison using a celestial event – ​​a massive and magnificent meteor show known as the Eye of Alhani – as a cover. It’s in a dam, which is always a dramatic place for your base.

The plan is ultimately quite simple – Cassian (still under the name of her late adoptive father Clem), the stern Taramyn Barcona (Gershwyn Eustache Jnr), the dangerous Arvel Skeen (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) and the kind and endearing Karis Nemik (Alex Lawther) enter the base disguised as transferred soldiers, having been cleared by renegade Imperial Lieutenant Gorn (Sule Rimi).

Rebels wear Imperial soldier outfits on a muddy rural road in Andor

Gentlemen, you all look great in bad guy uniforms.


Meanwhile, team leader Vel Sartha (Faye Marsay) and the quietly intense Cinta Kaz (Varada Sethu) infiltrate the dam underwater, much like Obi-Wan Kenobi did in his own show.

The squad quietly captures Imperial Commander Jayhold Beehaz (Stanley Townsend), his wife, son and a visiting engineer. Things get tense when the engineer briefly grabs Nemik at blasterpoint and demands the rebels release the boy, Cinta proves how dangerous she is by taking out the guy.

So things are going as planned and everything will be fine (except for the engineer).

Cinta looks determined as she wields a blaster in Andor

Stone cold.


Imperial interference

It wouldn’t be a very exciting TV show heist if all went well. An Imperial communications officer becomes suspicious when he discovers their signals are jammed and overhears radio chatter from the rebels. He leads a squad into the Vault as our heroes force the captive Imperials to load the heavy stacks of Imperial Credits onto a transport freighter.

The confrontation is a bit too much for the stressed Commander Beehaz, who suffers medical distress and hits the ground. Then the shooting begins, costing the lives of Lieutenant Gorn and Taramyn.

Cool under the pressure (and one guy’s attempt to choke him to death), Cassian flies the freighter off base. Unfortunately, Nemik is badly injured when one of the heavy pay paddles rolls into the ship, pinning him.

An Imperial pilot boards a TIE fighter in Andor.

TIE fighters are so cool, even though they seem to crumble like paper.


Despite his injuries, Nemik still has enough genius to relay a flight path that allows Cassian to navigate the deadly meteor show. The TIE fighters chasing them aren’t great enough because the Imperial tech is kinda cheap and crappy, so they get destroyed in the pursuit.

tragic victory

After successfully stealing the payroll, Cassian Vel, Skeen, and Nemik manage to escape Alhani.

Instead of going straight to the Rebel base with the money, Skeen persuades Vel to take Nemik to a doctor in a distant world. Like the aptly named Doctor Quadpaw (Aidan Cook), who appears to have eye implants similar to Ochi by Bestoon) operates the young rebel under the supervision of Vel, Skeen and Cassian wait outside.

Appealing to Cassian’s mercenary tendencies, Skeen suggests that they betray the rebels and get away with the stolen 80 million credits. They will also share them and walk separate paths. Turns out Skeen’s extremely likeable story about his brother being wronged by the Empire and committing suicide was a big fat lie too.

“So no rebellion for you?” a disappointed Cassian asks, before dramatically shooting Skeen as he relays his devious plan.

Cassian, Skeen and Vel look stressed in a ship cockpit in Andor

Cassian, Skeen and Vel manage to escape Alhani, but they won’t be best friends forever.


Nemik dies on the operating table, just as Vel predicted (turns out Skeen was just taking the opportunity to make his move).

Moments after the young rebel’s death, a disillusioned Cassian waves his blaster in the faces of Vel and Quadpaw, demanding his cut so he can get away from all that troubling moral ambiguity. He gives the kyber crystal necklace to Vel to return to Luthen, seemingly symbolizing his rejection of the rebellion.

However, Vel gives Cassian Nemik super convincing rebel manifesto. That and the Empire stomping its kin on Ferrix will likely convince Cassian that he needs to make a A thug.

Shaking the galaxy

CORUSCANT, THE GALACTIC CAPITAL — The Empire panics over the burglary, so well-dressed Dedra Meero and his equally chic colleagues are called to an emergency meeting at the Imperial Security Office.

“I want every planetary emergency and star sector retaliation plan in the building to be ready for presentation by midnight,” Major Partagaz (Anton Lesser) says, launching sweet Gary Cole in office space energy.

I hope no one had plans.

Mon Mothma addresses a nearly empty Senate — hinting that Emperor Palpatine has stripped the powers of democratically elected representatives — but even the few politicians who bothered to show up are distracted by the heist scare ( presumably from the Coruscant Times or something).

Luther Rael puts his hands through his hair in Andor

We’re all here with you, Luther.


In the antique store he uses as a cover, Luthen hears about a customer’s attack and laughs in relief.

Unfortunately, we can expect the Empire to strike back quite hard in the next episode.

All The same

Cool heist action aside, this episode subtly highlights just how alike people are in this universe despite their allegiances and backgrounds. After the heist is complete, the local Dhanis and Imperials alike marvel at the beauty of the Eye of Aldhani. Even Cinta, who stayed behind while the other rebels escaped, calmly walks out and joins the viewing party.

Just like in real life, we all love pretty shiny things.

People gather to observe the Eye of Alhani in Andor

Everyone loves a good celestial event.


Unfortunately, like in real life, people always trample on others. Lacking respite for the Dhanis, Commander Beehaz leads an effort to manipulate them into renouncing their traditions and submitting to Imperial rule. Some Disgusting Classics colonialism the.

Beehaz is driven to this by a fairly basic and relatable human need. He’s willing to help the Empire do terrible things if it will get his family out of this remote world and be a little more comfortable.

And it’s pretty nasty to see his wife and son taken hostage by the Rebels – it’s reminiscent of the gruesome goons in corporate security who bully Cassian’s mother on Ferrix. It’s unlikely Beehaz survived his medical incident, but I hope his family is doing well.

Mon Mothma addresses the Senate in Andor

No one listens to Mon Mothma, but that’s probably a good thing in this case.


Rogue Thoughts, Unanswered Questions, and Easter Eggs

  • This episode is probably the most visually stunning episode of Star Wars we’ve seen on Disney Plus so far, with the Eye of Aldhani lighting up the sky beautifully. The sound of passing meteorites is excellent too.
  • At least the Dhanis seem to be having a good time singing and dancing. Let’s hope the Empire doesn’t kill them or totally ruin their world.
  • I expected the dam to break at some point.
  • Taramyn is so compelling as an Imperial because he was a stormtrooper. Cinta’s family was apparently killed by stormtroopers, so it’s pretty impressive that they can work together. I would have liked to see them have a conversation about this.
  • There’s a pretty strong foreshadowing of Nemik’s death, with Cassian’s assurances that the young man will be fine. He won’t be fine Cassian, you may be the angel of death.
  • Mon Mothma talks about Ghorman in the Senate, having previously mentioned that the planet’s shipping lanes were cut off.
  • The Empire will eventually kill innocent protesters on Ghorman, causing Mon to publicly blame Palpatine and declare open rebellion approximately three years after this point in the timeline. We’ll probably see the Ghorman incident in a future episode of Andor.

Check back for more Easter eggs and sightings October 19when Andor Episode 7 hits Disney Plus.


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