For over 30 years, Star Wars fans followed the continuing adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and the rest of the cast of the saga through a series of books, comic books, and video games. This ever expanding multi-media universe was called the Star Wars Expanded Universe and was largely considered canon by the fans.
When George Lucas sold his company, and all the associated rights, to Disney, fans rejoiced at the news that there would be a continuation of the story on the big screen. However, there was a catch. The Expanded Universe was now no longer to be considered canon, with the new series of movies following a new timeline. Reaction to this has been mixed. Some are happy with the new status quo, others are devastated at the loss of the heroes and villains that they have enjoyed for decades.
With the news that fan-favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn is going to be featured in Rebels, bringing him back into the official canon, we now take a look at some of the best characters from the Expanded Universe, and how they could potentially be brought back into the fold, albeit altered from their previous origins, via the TV show Star Wars Rebels.
Here are the Star Wars Legends Characters That Rebels Should Re-Canonize.
“I’m a fighter. I’ve always been a fighter. The few times when I have been at leisure, I’ve been miserable. I want challenges, I crave them.”
―Mara Jade Skywalker
During the rebellion, Mara Jade operated as The Emperor’s Hand, a Force-trained assassin who could take on the missions that needed a subtlety that Darth Vader could not match.
After the death of the Emperor, Mara Jade was haunted by his final command to kill Luke Skywalker. Eventually overcoming her dark-side conditioning, Mara Jade trained as a Jedi and eventually married the leader of the new Jedi Order, Luke Skywalker. Together they had a son, Ben Skywalker, also a Jedi.
Together the Skywalker family fought many enemies such as rogue Jedi, the Imperial Remnant and the Yuuzhan Vong. Eventually Mara Jade met her end at the hands of the insane fallen Jedi, Jacen Solo.
Now, if Mara Jade were to appear as one of the Emperor’s hands in Rebels, it could be in her original guise as a villain. We’ve already seen Vader and the Inquisitors, so Mara Jade would not just be excellent fan service but would also seamlessly fit the narrative also.
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