Ahsoka’s first season – 77% has come to an end, with a final episode that left fans excited and eager for more. But with this glorious season finale, a rumor that dates back to December 2020 resurfaces, and that is that the live-action Star Wars series on Disney Plus will have an epic crossover in the form of a feature film, and this could be what the fans have been waiting.
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The first season of Ahsoka showed us ex-Jedi Ahsoka Tano’s (Rosario Dawson) search for a lost friend and her attempt to prevent Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) from returning from exile and unifying what remains of the Empire, starting another war. In the last episode the bad guys have won and the good guys are out of combat, which could give rise to the alleged movie.
According to deadline “The second season of Ahsoka is more of a reality in the conversation, although there is nothing concrete yet,” so it is not clear if the series will continue with more chapters or if we will have to wait for the epic crossover, which according to the site Winter Is Coming could be titled Heir to the Empire (Heir to the Empire):
Speculation is that Star Wars boss Dave Filoni will continue this story in a film rumored to be titled Heir to the Empire, the name of Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars novel that introduced Thrawn in 1991. The film will likely it would also involve Din Djarin. and Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian, forming a kind of Avengers-style team in the Star Wars universe.
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The same site speculates that Filoni will take inspiration from the novel from which he takes the title, which is no longer part of the Star Wars canon but was responsible for introducing Thrawn for the first time, and then giving him a prominent role in Star Wars. Rebels, played by Lars Mikkelsenwho reprises his role in live-action in Ahsoka.
What was Heir to the Empire about?
Heir to the Empire is a novel from the Star Wars universe written by Timothy Zahn, being the first book of the Thrawn Trilogy. Published in May 1991, this story takes place five years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – 80%, and the plot begins with the Rebel Alliance, now the New Republic, consolidating its power after defeating the Empire. However, in a distant region, Thrawn, the last of the Emperor’s warlords, takes control of the remnants of the Imperial fleet. Using cunning strategies and crucial discoveries, he represents a threat capable of destroying the young republic.
Meanwhile, iconic characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia face challenges of their own. Luke is captured by smugglers led by Talon Karrde, and is simultaneously pursued by Mara Jade, who believes Luke is responsible for the Emperor’s death. Leia, for her part, is pursued by the Noghri, a group of aliens who recognize her as a descendant of Darth Vader. The plot is enriched by political intrigue, space battles, and the emergence of a mad Jedi named Joruus C’baoth.
The novel was notable not only for its rich narrative but also for introducing elements and characters that became fundamental to the expanded Star Wars universe, such as the galactic capital itself, Coruscant. Despite its relevance and popularity, following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, it was announced that all existing expanded universe content prior to that date would be renamed “Legends”, separating it from the main continuity.
However, Heir to the Empire remains a fan essential and has left an indelible mark on Star Wars mythology, and could unexpectedly become largely a canon story, if the rumors are true.
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