By: Dominic Jones
Ever since the old expanded universe was re-branded "Legends" and rendered non-canon, fans have been wondering which elements might be brought into the new canon. So far, it's been mostly limited to small references like planets or minor characters in books. But that may be about to change. According to a new report from our friends at MakingStarWars.net, a fan favorite Legends character will be appearing in the third season of the animated series Star Wars Rebels. As usual, there is a chance this may not be accurate, but if you are trying to avoid all Star Wars Rebels spoilers stop reading now. This is you SPOILER ALERT!
According to MSW, Grand Admiral Thrawn is slated to appear in Season Three of Star Wars Rebels. The famous Imperial officer first appeared in Timothy Zahn's novel Star Wars: Heir to the Empire in 1991. He was a tactical genius and rare instance of an alien rising through the ranks of the Empire.
"From the sound of things, we’re going to see Thrawn as the tactical genius of capital starship warfare he was to Expanded Universe readers in the ’90s. However, this time he will be using his evil brand of genius against the the heroes of the starship Ghost.
The future of Star Wars Rebels will also feature an Ezra with a short haircut and a lightsaber similar to Obi-Wan’s/Luke’s second saber. It sounds like the timeline moves a lot closer to A New Hope and Ezra’s design will reflect that."
For what it's worth, we've been hearing similar rumblings about a future appearance by Thrawn in Star Wars Rebels. I think bringing Thrawn into Rebels offers up huge story potential and it will be a huge moment in Star Wars fandom when he shows up. We know the people behind the scenes on Rebels are big Star Wars fans and will treat the character with the appropriate reverence. Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni is fan of Timothy Zahn's "Thrawn Trilogy" from the early 90s, and even incorporated one of Thrawn's tactics into the Season One episode of The Clone Wars "Storm over Ryloth".
Are you excited by the potential for a Thrawn appearance on Rebels? What other "Legends" characters brought into the new canon? Let us know in the comments!
As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.
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