Who Is Andromache of Scythia? 'Andy' in 'The Old Guard,' Explained

Charlize Theron plays the strong but tortured Andromache of Scythia—or "Andy," for short—in Netflix's new superhero movie, The Old Guard.

The Old Guard, based on the comic book series of the same name, follows Andy and her team of immortal warriors as they fight evil through the centuries. However, as viewers might've learned while watching the new flick over the weekend, there's a lot of mystery behind Andy's origins.

In the film, we learn about Booker's (Matthias Schoenaerts) tussle with Napoleon, and the love that Joe (Marwan Kenzari) and Nicky (Luca Marinelli) have shared, dating all the way back to the Crusades, but what about Andy? Nile (KiKi Layne), a 30-something U.S. Marine who becomes the newest recruit to The Old Guard, asks Andy how old she is, something that Theron's character repeatedly avoids answering.

But if we look at her given name in the movie, and at the source material, we can piece together some of Andy's origins before we get more answers in a possible sequel.

Let's dive into the origins of Charlize Theron's character in The Old Guard, Andromache of Scythia.

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The Netflix movie version of 'The Old Guard' stars Charlize Theron as immortal warrior 'Andy' Netflix

WHO IS ANDROMACHE OF SCYTHIA?

The name "Andromache" brings up two different women in mythology. The first refers to Andromache, the wife of Hector of Thebes, a Trojan prince. In Greek mythology, Hector was killed by Achilles during the Trojan War and her son was killed by Achilles' son, Neoptolemus. Neoptolemus would take Andromache as a concubine and she would bear children from him.

Now, this Andromache from Greek mythology isn't the badass warrior that we see in The Old Guard. The Andy we see is actually more akin to another Andromache from ancient mythology.

Andromache was the name of a famous Amazon, but not much is known about her from mythology, aside from depictions of her battle with Heracles. The name Andromache loosely translates to "fighter of men" in Greek. But what's more intriguing is the region that Theron's Andy says she's from: Scythia.

According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, the people of Scythia were of Iranian stock and occupied a large region that stretched from Eurasia through Siberia and to the borders of China from the 11th century BC to the second century AD.

Scythians were given their name by the Greeks due to their nomadic nature, because of the large span of land that they occupied. In one story from ancient mythology, the Amazons were defeated by the Greeks in the Battle of Thermodon and were taken by ship. However, the Amazons would kill the Greeks sailing these ships and the tribe of women would eventually land in Scythia. After some fighting, the Amazons and Scythians would eventually come together as one.

So, it would seem that the Andromache from The Old Guard is likely one of the Amazons from Greek mythology, but there's a snag in this theory. In the comics, Andy says that she's 6,732 years old. That would put Andy's birth year around 4700 BC, more than 3,000 years before the birth of the region of Scythia around 1100 BC.

It's possible that The Old Guard's screenwriter, Greg Rucka (who also co-created the comic, with illustrator Leandro Fernandez), could have just taken the name of Andromache for his protagonist. Or, if there's a sequel, perhaps we'll get a proper origin story for Andy that clears up her background and also squares away the timeline.

The Old Guard is available to stream anytime on Netflix.

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