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'Andor' Creator Reveals Funeral Scenes Were Inspired By IRA Funerals

'Andor' Creator Reveals Funeral Scenes Were Inspired By IRA Funerals
By Eoin Harrington Updated
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The latest addition to the 'Star Wars' universe, Disney+ series Andor has been received with rave reviews by critics and fans, marking a return to form for the franchise.

More recent 'Star Wars' offerings have proven divisive, with the likes of Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Last Jedi splitting the fanbase down the middle.

The gritty manner in which Andor tells the story of the normal people caught up in the rebellion against the Empire has earned it widespread acclaim, with some professing it to be one of the TV shows of the year.

Andor scenes were inspired by IRA funerals


[Andor spoilers to follow]


One of the show's most powerful scenes comes with a funeral procession late in season one.

When main character Cassian Andor loses his mother Maarva, she is remembered through an enormous funeral procession.


Speaking to the 'Hollywood Reporter', show creator Tony Gilroy spoke on Andor's funeral procession, and where the inspiration for the scene had come from.

Gilroy said that he had drawn from the funerals of Provisional IRA members during the Troubles, saying that footage of these funerals had directly inspired the visuals of the scene in Andor:

The first comp is somewhere between those epic Provisional IRA funerals. God, there’s footage of some of them, and it’s just incredible what these funerals turn into.

And then the other comp is a New Orleans second line funeral procession, the joy and soul of that. So those are the two comps. There’s also the idea of civic organizations like the Daughters of Ferrix and a community orchestra of aspirational musicians.

For anybody who pays attention, there’s a doctor named Dr. Mullmoy [Matt Dunkley], and he’s the lead trumpet player in the band. So you see different people in the town. But that’s where it all came from.

We certainly weren't expecting the Irish connection to Andor to come through these means. The funeral procession scene is one of the most memorable from the show, and it is fascinating to learn of the inspiration for it.


The show has been renewed for a second season, meaning 'Star Wars' fans can look forward to even more Andor action soon.

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