5. Ditch the “Final Order” or change its mastermind
The Empire had fallen. It made sense that the writers would create something that came from the ground up because if there is good, there has to be evil to balance it all out, right?
As the new Empire rose from the ashes, it was absolutely fine that there was a “First Order” created by the writers but what is with the “Final” Order?
This was just a lame inclusion and way to get Emperor Palpatine back in place. Where was everyone from the Final Order hiding out all this time?
It’s clear that Favreau and Filoni are running with the idea of Palpatine having something to do with the cloning process that led to the plot of Episode IX. It made sense that Snoke was merely a puppet of Palpatine in The Last Jedi.
What doesn’t make sense? The fact that Palpatine was the one operating the whole thing.
You know who else would have likely known about the cloning experiments? You know who else would have been able to come up with the master plan of the First Order without anyone knowing he was behind it?
Thrawn, that’s who.
Why is Ahsoka trying to find him in The Mandalorian? Presumably to find Ezra Bridger, right?
There might be more to that story. Perhaps the combination of Favreau and Filoni will write Thrawn into the story as the true mastermind behind the First Order because, once again, we did not see better Star Wars lore properly acknowledged in these films.
Thrawn is one of the most intriguing characters in all of Star Wars. Had Ezra Bridger not taken him out in Rebels, he might have seen to it that the Jedi went extinct. But we know that Thrawn is not dead as of just a couple of years prior to the events that unfolded in The Force Awakens.
What has he been up to?
The fact that he wasn’t included in the sequel trilogy is not altogether surprising because many fans wouldn’t have known who he is. If only there were an introduction film to the trilogy that included an opportunity to introduce him instead of provide a bunch of nostalgic, fan service moments.
There is a lot to like about the sequel trilogy, but the more Star Wars storytelling fans get to see from Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau, the less acceptable the sequel trilogy is to the greater canon.