What really happened after Return Of The Jedi? "Legends" gave us some ideas for years, but now with The Force Awakens coming closer by the day, Lucasfilm is looking to tell all new(canon) stories that will ultimately lead into the upcoming film. Star Wars: Aftermath, written by Chuck Wendig, is set immediately following Episode VI and explores the fallout of the Battle Of Endor. Wendig is also set to pen two more novels that will round out an Aftermath trilogy.
Last night an employee of the publisher reportedly posted an excerpt from the novel accidentally. Lucasfilm, with the help of Entertainment Weekly, were quick to follow up their mistake by releasing a larger excerpt which includes the opening of the book. It features the return of some classic characters such as Wedge Antilles and re-introduces a newer character that debuted in a recent canon novel. The prelude begins with a victory speech spoken by Admiral Ackbar, which you can read below:
“Today is a day of celebration. We have triumphed over villainy and oppression and have given our Alliance—and the galaxy beyond it—a chance to breathe and cheer for the progress in reclaiming our freedom from an Empire that robbed us of it. We have reports from Commander Skywalker that Emperor Palpatine is dead, and his enforcer, Darth Vader, with him.
“But though we may celebrate, we should not consider this our time to rest. We struck a major blow against the Empire, and now will be the time to seize on the opening we have created. The Empire’s weapon may be destroyed, but the Empire itself lives on. Its oppressive hand closes around the throats of good, free-thinking people across the galaxy, from the Coruscant Core to the farthest systems in the Outer Rim. We must remember that our fight continues. Our rebellion is over. But the war … the war is just beginning.” —Admiral Ackbar
The novel then moves on to detail a tragic event that happens on Coruscant not long after the the celebration scene we see at the end of Return Of The Jedi. I highly recommend heading over to EW.com to read the full excerpt now!
Star Wars: Aftermath hits bookstores September 4th.
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