‘Big old L to Disney’: Star Wars Fans in Uproar as Disney Stopped Maarva From Shouting ‘F**k the Empire’ in Andor’s Original Script

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Disney is getting backlash for not letting Maarva Andor’s character scream a profanity at the Empire and changing the dialogue instead.


As season 1 of Tony Gilroy’s Star Wars action series comes to an end, fans seem to be quite dissatisfied and upset, even, with the show’s finale episode with the revelation that the original dialogue of Fiona Shaw’s Maarva had been changed in episode 12. And people are not liking this information in the least.

Star Wars: Andor
Star Wars: Andor

In a recent interview about Andor, Denise Gough, who depicts the deadly villain of Dedra Meero in the sci-fi/adventure series, recalled how they weren’t given the green go from Disney for Maarva’s speech to include the part where she yells a curse at the Empire, something which not only the fans claim would’ve been epic, but even the cast members themselves had been excited about.


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Disney Changed A Major Line from Maarva’s Speech in Andor’s Finale 

Speaking with Empire about her character in Star Wars: Andor, Denise Gough revealed how Disney made quite a big alteration in Maarva Andor’s (Fiona Shaw) grand monologue, wherein they replaced “F*ck the Empire” with “Fight the Empire” instead. Yup, that happened. Even Gough admitted to being pumped up about that particular part of the speech which unfortunately enough didn’t make it on the screen.

“Fiona’s voice was over all of us. Except at the end, she didn’t say, ‘Fight the Empire!’ She said, ‘Fuck the Empire!’ Which we were all really excited about. But we weren’t allowed to keep it, obviously.”

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Ferrix's matriarch was originally meant to said "F*ck the Empire" in the finale episode
Ferrix’s matriarch was originally meant to said “F*ck the Empire” in the finale episode

It truly would have been something else to hear the mighty matriarch of Ferrix scream “F*ck the Empire” because the emotion and impact that very sentence would have embedded in the audience, would have definitely been unmatched. And the Star Wars fandom seems to be pretty upset about the same.

Star Wars: Andor Fans Bash Disney for Swapping Maarva’s Dialogue 

Following the disclosure of this tidbit from Andor’s finale episode of the first season, fans have marched onto Twitter to express just how displeased and disappointed they are with Disney’s move, which most of them believe, was uncalled for.

While a chosen few seem to be unbothered by the fact that Maarva’s dialogue from her legendary speech was replaced by a more subtle yet less radical version of it, most of the audience looks like they’re going to cry in their room’s corner. Pretty much all of them are seriously unimpressed with this change as they criticize Disney for not sticking to the script.


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Fans are also urging Disney to release the original cut from the episode where Shaw’s character says “F*ck the Empire,” with a user even claiming that they’d be willing to pay to watch that particular scene.


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While viewers are naturally dismayed with this revelation, many are also focusing on the brighter side as they await the second series of Andor, hyping it up with all sorts of fan theories.


Season 1 of Andor is available for streaming on Disney+.

Source: Culture Crave on Twitter

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