After a spellbinding Episode 10, in a new interview actor Andy Serkis talks Kino Loy’s fate in Andor. It goes without saying that this article will have SPOILERS for Episode 10 of Andor. Therefore, If you’ve not watched the latest episode, then do yourself a favor and watch that first, because it was great.
If you have seen Episode 10, then you’re likely very interested to hear Serkis thoughts on his character Kino Loy’s fate. Luckily Serkis spoke to Vulture recently. It’s worth reading the full article, which I won’t cover here, but Serkis did talk a lot about motivations he used for his character. How he imagined Kino’s life to be like before he was in that prison etc. So go check it out. However here is what Serkis had to say about Kino’s final scene in that episode. I know a lot of fans have been debating Kino’s ultimate fate since the episode hit. Serkis won’t be settling those debates in anyway, like you he has no idea what happens next.
“There comes a moment, and it inexorably gets closer, when Kino has to face the fact that he can’t go anywhere. This is where that sort of self-sacrifice moment comes in, that this is still his job to lead the men. He realizes that he’s not going anywhere. That tension was kind of built in all the way through the speech, with me knowing the outcome as an actor.”
“When it came to the edge, as it were, it was quite a high set and people were literally diving off and jumping off. We tried it in a bunch of different ways. There was real resignation, there was a sort of anger at himself for not being able to swim and not having the bravery to jump. There was one where he was almost laughing at himself because it was so pathetic. But the resignation, the quiet resignation, and then the backing away, that was what director Toby Haynes chose to use.”
“And ultimately, I mean, he’s not dead. He’s not dead in the water, as it were. There’s no knowledge of what happens to him. All we know is that perhaps there aren’t that many prison guards on Narkina 5 after all. And so, who knows, there might be some way of living on and getting out. But, as you can tell, I have no idea what’s gonna happen. [Laughs.]”
For me, I never want to find out Kino’s fate. The way the ending is shot I think tells me there’s no plans to continue that story in Andor. Therefore, I would rather Kino’s fate be left to our own imaginations. No doubt then we’ll have a Kino Loy trilogy announced by Lucasfim next year. We don’t need to know Kino’s fate. Andor is not Kino’s story and ultimately if Cassian never finds out what happened, neither should we. That’s what good writing, and acting feels like. Kino Loy had a better three episode arc than anyone but Ben Solo had in three sequel movies.
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