Monday, February 2, 2015

Rumor: The Legacy of Classic Trilogy Character Hinted at in 'The Force Awakens' Prop

By: Dominic Jones

Our friends over at have come across an interesting tidbit of information relating to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and the legacy of a classic trilogy character.  Now we're not entirely sure what the ramifications of this information will be (it could be huge or it could be minor), so if you are trying to avoid all The Force Awakens spoilers then stop reading now.  This is your official SPOILER ALERT!
According to Jason at MSW,
On Episode 64 of Now, This is Podcasting! we discussed the armbands on Imperial Officers in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Most of them were rather esoteric in nature. While I was translating the armband for an Imperial Major, I came across this one:

That translates to TARKIN. Major Tarkin.

Is Major Tarkin just an Easter Egg for a character that might not even appear in frame during the film? Is he an emerging character? Was this band created by one designer without much input from the powers that be who can make such creative choices? Or does Grand Moff Tarkin’s family continue to serve the evil Galactic Empire?

I don’t have all the answers to that yet. But I can tell you one thing, the armband was created for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and someone wore it in the film.

Could there be a Tarkin connection in The Force Awakens?  There is no precedent for Tarkin having any descendants but with the EU now being "Legends" anything is possible.  We know that Tarkin will be appearing on Star Wars Rebels very soon, so could that be an attempt to familiarize younger viewers who may not have seen the film yet with the character so when he's talked about in the new film they will have some understanding of who he is?  I like the idea of there being some reference to Tarkin in The Force Awakens even if this does just turn out to be an Easter Egg.

As always, this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.

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