As the Star Wars media empire grew over the years, an vast interconnecting web of stories grew. Primarily done through comics and novels, the Expanded Universe built a massive narrative that fleshed out Star Wars on a much grander scale than a lot of fans even knew.
If you didn’t read those comics and novels, you certainly missed out on some amazing stories, as well as the full force of what Star Wars had to offer.
When Disney took over LucasFilm, the Expanded Universe was put out to pasture. All that was left standing was the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy and the animated series, The Clone Wars.
The fans who never got into the Expanded Universe didn’t notice a difference. But for the fans who did religiously and obsessively consume every aspect of Star Wars, it was an extremely bitter pill to swallow.
More recently, Disney and LucasFilm started combing the old Expanded Universe for ideas for their new one.
Specifically, they repurposed Grand Admiral Thrawn as a villain on the series Star Wars: Rebels. He was an absolute fan favorite, and was used to perfection in the animated series. Thrawn isn’t the only Expanded Universe character who deserves another chance under the banner of Disney and LucasFilm.
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