With Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, putting multiple Star Wars TV series in motion, a Thrawn-focused show would add depth and excitement to the current slate.
With excitement building around the newly announced The Mandalorian and the Cassian Andor series, what better time is there than now to speculate about what Disney’s next Star Wars show ideas may be if these two turn out to be a success.
As a Legends lifer, I grew up glued to the Star Wars book series and could never get enough of everyone’s favorite blue-faced alien, Mitth’raw’nuruodo. From the original Thrawn trilogy to Outbound Flight and beyond, the Chiss general has always stood out as arguably the most valuable non-movie character in Star Wars Canon. From his origins as a member of the Chiss Ascendancy to his rise as Grand Admiral Thrawn has provided Star Wars fans with a villain that they could get actually behind.
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As long as both series show staying power, which is not something that can be taken for granted considering the lack of commercial success of Solo and the ensuing postponement of similar spin-off movies, Disney will be looking for new ways to continue the interest in their new streaming service that’s using Star Wars as one of the main cruxes in its development.
Who better than Thrawn to lead the (media) Empire’s attempt at capturing a large swath of the fan base. Given his cult following and Disney’s revival of the character in Star Wars Rebels and the new Thrawn book series, it seems as if Katherine Kennedy and Co. already know what they have in the Chiss character.
Picture Michael Fassbender in blue skin touring the galaxy on the Chimaera with Admiral Pellaeon (played by Sam Elliot) hunting down rebels during the early years of the Empire’s reign. On the flip side, maybe we see the Thrawn-Ezra combo in a post-Rebels world and learn what came of that duo as they headed off to hyperspace in the series finale.
MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 08: Actor Michael Fassbender attends ‘Alien: Covenant’ photocall at the Villa Magna hotel on May 8, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
If we’re lucky, we get a teaser Thrawn cameo appearance in the Cassian Andor series as a foreshadowing of what may to come for Disney’s next direction.
However it ends up, Disney’s involvement of Thrawn in its Star Wars Universe bodes well for his continued use as they expand on both the big and small screens.
With The Last Jedi alienating a sect of fans (whether rightfully so or not), the return of a character like Thrawn would be a boon to resuscitating a segment of fans who still live in the Legends world while re-introducing him to the current crop of budding Star Wars fans.
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