Who Is Vel Sartha on ‘Andor’? Meet Faye Marsay

Andor kicks off its second main storyline with an episode titled “Aldhani,” an episode that introduces us to a complete new band of rebels. And with a brand new band of rebels comes a brand new insurgent chief — a insurgent chief who is aware of the right way to run a mission with out the entire sources that we’ve come to affiliate with insurgent factions. There’s no secret lair or matching puffy vests or translucent screens with inexperienced grids on them for these freedom fighters!

The girl in command of this new group, a bunch that Cassian Andor is now begrudgingly part of, is Vel Sartha. She’s a brand new character performed by Faye Marsay, and she or he has a giant half to play within the Disney+ Star Wars sequence. However who’s Vel Sartha and the place have you ever seen Faye Marsay earlier than? Right here’s what you might want to know.

Who’s Vel Sartha on Andor?

Vel Sartha is a insurgent chief stationed on the planet Aldhani. Vel’s in command of a mission that’s been within the works for months and goes down in three days: her and her tight workforce of ragtag rebels are going to rob this sector of the Empire of their total quarterly payroll. The issue: the payroll is positioned at a closely armed Imperial garrison. The answer: the workforce’s gonna use a really spectacular sounding uncommon, celestial occasion to cowl their getaway! After which there’s the wrinkle within the plans: Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgard) is forcing Vel to tackle a brand new member of the workforce three days earlier than the mission, and he’s a thriller dude named Cassian Andor (a.okay.a. Clem, a.okay.a. Diego Luna).

Andor ep 4 - Vel and Cassian
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That is the primary we’ve seen of Vel Sartha, however we are able to put quite a bit collectively by way of context clues. She’s clearly powerful as nails and worthy of Luthen’s respect. And since Luthen can be fabricated from nails, that solely solidifies our impression of Vel. One other factor to recollect: this isn’t the Insurrection that we’re used to seeing. The Insurrection that Luke Skywalker signed up with doesn’t exist but, not fully. Proper now the rebel towards the Empire is made up of a bunch of random, impartial cells scattered throughout the galaxy. They’ve but to be unified, and we’ll have to attend and see if Vel shall be a part of that unification.

Andor ep 4 - Luthen and Vel
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Who’s Faye Marsay on Andor?

Faye Marsay performs Vel Sartha on Andor. Marsay is an English actor who you could acknowledge from — the place else? — Sport of Thrones. Identical to each English actor, Marsay had a component to play in GoT; she performed The Waif in Seasons 5 and 6 of the HBO drama. She performed Anne Neville in The White Queen. She additionally appeared within the Season 3 Black Mirror episode “Hated within the Nation” and the AMC sequence McMafia. And throughout the pond, Marsay performed the titular Nina within the 2016 BBC miniseries Love, Nina.

Since Episode 4 of Andor is the primary of a three-episode storyline, we’ll undoubtedly be seeing extra of Vel Sartha in at the least the subsequent two episodes. Will the workforce’s mission succeed? I’ll be trustworthy: most likely not, at the least not fully, as a result of this can be a TV present and there needs to be battle! Let’s simply hope that Vel can lead her workforce to some simulacrum of success and make it out alive.

Andor ep 4 - Vel Sartha
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New episodes of Andor premiere on Disney+ on Wednesdays.

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