A few weeks, on a Brazilian television program, Andor director of photography Adriano Goldman reportedly said that the series will have three seasons, though it was originally planned for five.
The news created a few waves when it was revealed, but I wouldn’t read anything negative into it. The first season hasn’t even dropped and they’re moving full speed ahead with a second season, so there’s really no way to suggest that the show being shortened from five seasons to three is because of disappointment with it, or anything close to that. Most likely is that as the showrunners worked to figure out the story, they realized that the story they wanted to tell would take three seasons. And if that’s the case, I’d much rather them do it in three instead of trying to stretch it out and find content to fill five.
Besides, it’s not like that still won’t be a lot of content. The first season of Andor will reportedly have twelve episodes, and if each subsequent season gets that amount that will total 36 episodes, which is substantial (especially for a live-action series). Most Disney+ shows so far have been between six and eight episodes, including The Mandalorian (eight episodes each season), The Book of Boba Fett (seven episodes), and Obi-Wan Kenobi (six episodes). So when Andor drops, it will be four episodes longer than any other Star Wars live-action series. I wouldn’t worry about them not having time to tell this story, or about it dropping to three seasons.
What this mostly does is just give us clearer expectations for this series going into it. We don’t know much about it (presumably that will change in a few weeks at Celebration), but now at least we have some framework about how long it will run. We still don’t know where it’s going or what areas it will explore, but it sounds like we’ll have plenty of time to see it.