Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Andor Episode 4
An Easter egg in Andor hints at the possibility of a resurgence of the Sith in future Star Wars films, even after Palpatine’s demise in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Audiences have seen several incidents where it appears the Jedi have nearly wiped out the last of their ancient enemies, only for more dark sides to force the users to emerge later and wreak havoc. Even after the apparent destruction of one of the greatest Sith lords at the end of the Skywalker saga, there is still a possibility that the Sith will return.
Throughout much of the Star Wars franchise, and especially in Andor, the Sith have taken over the galaxy. The times they are not in power are largely overshadowed by the times they are, even as the Sith work behind the scenes to take control. However, even beyond the bureaucratic and militaristic methods by which the Empire controls the galaxy, the Sith Order has left several marks in the galaxy, such as on the Sith world of Malachor, that Ezra (Taylor Gray), Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Ahsoka (Ashley Eckstein) explores in Star Wars: Rebels Season 2.
Although Malachor’s temple was destroyed, as was the Emperor’s last hideout in Episode 9, the Sith can still find their way back into the galaxy, but in a much more subtle way. In the fourth episode of Andor, a discerning audience can spot a triangular silver box in Luthen’s (Stellan Skarsgård) shop. Although unconfirmed, the box bears a strong resemblance to a Sith Holocron, another that Ezra discovered at the end of Star Wars: Rebels Season 2. These devices, some of which were used by the Jedi and others by the Sith, can only accessed by those with light or dark force powers and may even contain living memories or presences of their users. If a Dark-side Force user discovered the Sith holocron in Luthen’s shop, they could use it to access the teachings of the Order and cause the Sith to return to the future.
Will the Sith return in the future of Star Wars? Should they?
Whether or not the Sith will return in the Star Wars future is still very much open, especially considering where the galaxy left off after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. After all, Rey’s forging of a yellow lightsaber is said to symbolize the destruction of the Sith/Jedi binary, potentially ending the conflict and reducing the likelihood of the Sith returning. Many of the more recent Star Wars projects seem to have moved away from the conflict between the Sith and the Jedi, even those with Force powers, such as The Mandalorian and Andor himself. Instead, these projects focused on intimate, more character-driven stories beyond the cosmological battle between good and evil in the Force. With such success, the franchise may find no need to bring the Sith back to prominence at all, though that doesn’t completely rule out the possibility.
While the Andor Holocron reveal indicates that the Sith may return, whether or not they do is still a nuanced and subjective question. Some may see the Sith and Jedi conflict as a Star Wars staple and enjoy the mythic battle between the light and dark sides of the Force. Those viewers might agree that the Sith should return, while others might argue that the Star Wars Jedi, the Sith, and their origin story are completely exhausted and should be left in the past so the franchise can pursue new stories. Both options have their own pros and cons which could be explored.
While there is no right answer to how to tell a good Star Wars story, some of the recent films in the series have created mixed opinions among audiences. While this isn’t due to the Sith Order at all, it’s true that bringing them back in future projects, or even sending them back on screen to Andor as part of the Sith’s revenge plans, would cause a strong fan reaction. . Meanwhile, everyone in the public eye knows that Disney has left a door open for this possibility.