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Andor’s best new character is the villain’s pushy mom

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Andor episode 5 focuses largely on tensions from Skeen (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) in the midst of a very nervous and very new Rebel Alliance. But it also introduces a great new character: Syril Karn’s mother, Eedy (Kathryn Hunter).
Even in a universe full of space wizards, laser swords, giant robot walkers, and little murder bears, sometimes the most intimidating thing a person can face in Star Wars is their mom.
The bulk of “The Axe Forgets,” this week’s episode of the Rogue One prequel series Andor, is full of stuff you’d expect. The scrappy group of Rebels that Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) has signed up with as “Clem” make their final preparations for their big Imperial heist, work through some jitters, and also process their mistrust of the new guy who was brought on last minute. However, the episode opens far from them, with milquetoast baddie Syril Karn (Kyle Soller) sulking in his childhood bedroom.
As the episode starts, Syril is at his lowest, disgraced and on the outs with his corporate rent-a-cop job, and his mother, Eedy Karn (Kathryn Hunter), is happy to give him a full dressing down.

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