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The Maternal Bond: Exploring Maarva Andor’s Influence as a Mother Figure to Ferrix


A love only one type of person can understand

Maarva Andor serves as a mother figure to Ferrix in the series Andor. Through her compassion and love, she is able to foster a town full of rebels that would eventually join the first few insurgencies against the tyrannical empire. Her influence as a mother figure is one that created a sense of brotherhood amongst the rebels and created a sense of relativity to one another. This serves to be a similar yet more loving brotherhood than that of the empire’s prisoners in the prison arc midway through the series. Motherly love is one that cannot be matched and thus is something that the followers of Maarva Andor, appreciate and hold close to their hearts. 

The Origins of Maarva and Ferrix’s Relationship

The series begins with Cassian Andor as a fugitive from the empire in a place only known as Ferrix. In this town, the empire has enslaved the people in a way that it has made them unable to have their own beliefs and thus not be able to rebel. Maarva Andor sits at the helm of this town and this serves as a mother figure of sorts in order to shape the people of this town in the ways that they should be. As much as they try to overthrow them, it takes a village to do so. Unable to really do anything, Maarva Andor is able to shape them into something truly rebellious as the series goes on. 

Part of what is able to help her accomplish this is her undying values and her devotion to her town in order to make it as safe as possible for the people. Maarva Andor has a great sense of compassion and is able to see the good in people and to form a bond that creates a sense of relativity between the followers of Maarva Andor and just the general populace. She is always a beacon for change and is able to slowly move the people of this town towards the rebels. She was able to resonate with all the rebel insurgencies by the end of the series and was able to become the mother figure that the rebels needed to have for success. 

The Impact of Maarva’s Maternal Influence on Ferrix’s Development

Through Maarva’s influence, development is heavily impacted and is able to foster a bond of good will with what is basically her own son, Ferrix. Cassian Andor is able to sort of do the same on his end as a brotherly figure to Ferrix that further creates the sense of brotherhood and the value of life. He does it through different means other than violence and straight up fugitive behavior. This ends up landing him in prison later on in the series. Maarva though, is able to do this through a different way of rebellion, that of communication and hiding in the shadows, waiting to strike. She does this by using a different sense of rebellion in a way that she can sort of spectate the events that are portrayed in the series and take actions accordingly.

Other main characters are able to follow in her footsteps as she fosters this relationship. Specifically Luthen Rae and his sense of rebellion that along with Cassian, is that of violence. Luthen Rae is able to similarly do what Maarva does in a sense of being subtle in their belief of rebellion. The differences are there though and make sure that the two characters play off each other in a way that is both interesting and captivating. Cassian also plays off both of these characters and is able to use their influence to do what he does best. Her influence is able to foster the true majesty that is his character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 

The climax of the influence

The climax of the influence is when Luthen Rae is present at Maarva’s funeral at the end and is able to witness rebellion within this little town. Several rebellious events happened during the funeral after Maarva’s afterlife speech that creates a sort of riot that launches all of these events into fruition. She proves to be the spark that lights up Ferrix and the rest of the characters. To put it in simpler terms, a bomb is thrown, empire guards are pushed, people are trampled, and many are killed. It is the town’s first act of rebellion that would spread to the rest of the system. 


In the series Andor, Maarva Andor serves as a mother figure to Ferrix and plays a crucial role in fostering a sense of brotherhood among rebels in their fight against the tyrannical empire. Her values, devotion, and compassion help shape the town and its rebellious nature, eventually leading to an alliance with other rebel groups. Maarva’s influence on Ferrix and other characters like Cassian Andor and Luthen Rae significantly impacts their development and perspectives on rebellion. The climax of her influence occurs during Maarva’s funeral, where a series of rebellious events ignite the town’s first major act of rebellion, spreading throughout the system.

Andor is now streaming on Disney+.

This article is written in honor of my grandmother, Carmen Iraida Berrios Davila

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Hi! I am a Dramatic Writing and Performing Arts major at SCAD from Puerto Rico. I have an intense passion for all things film, tv, and music. I believe everyone has a story to tell, and putting it out there is the most important.