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Timothy Zahn Q&A Regarding The Recent Thrawn News

Posted by Dustin on July 18, 2016 at 04:39 PM CST


From StarWars.com:

As revealed at Star Wars Celebration Europe, the legendary Grand Admiral Thrawn will be appearing in season three of Star Wars Rebels, and in a new novel, penned by Timothy Zahn, the creator of the character.

Lucasfilm asked Zahn about his thoughts on Thrawnís upcoming tales in this exclusive Q&A:

Q: How does it feel to be returning to Thrawn?

Itís very exciting. A writer never knows which characters are going to click with the readers, and it was highly gratifying to me that Thrawn captured the imaginations of so many people over the past quarter century.

Over the years Iíve written a lot of books and stories that featured him, but with this book Iíll be visiting a part of his life that I never before had a chance to explore.

Part of the fun of writing him, of course, is that I get to play with tactics and strategies. Hopefully, heíll be pulling a few tricks on his opponents that the readers will enjoy.

Q: Youíve already seen advance footage of the Rebels TV show. What was it like
seeing Thrawn on screen for the first time?


When I visited Lucasfilm, I only saw a single cut from Episode 1, the scene of him entering the show for the first time. But even that short bit was awesome, and just a bit surrealistic. Authors donít get to see our creations come to life very often, and it was a real treat to see a walking, talking Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Q: Can you give us any hints about the story and what readers will learn in the new book?

Thrawn will span several years of the Star Wars timeline, beginning with his first encounter with the Empire and ending just before the opening of Rebels Season 3.

Q: Are you incorporating any elements from your previous Star Wars books into the new Thrawn novel?

Iíve thrown in a few bits and pieces. Nothing too blatant, just little Easter eggs for those who are familiar with my other books.

You have to be careful with such things, because you donít want new readers wondering whatís going on or Ė worse Ė feeling like theyíre being left out of some private joke. But that shouldnít be a problem with any of the references here.

Q: Will Thrawn be interacting with any of the Ghost crew or other Rebels characters in the new book?

There will be an occasional brush with pre-established and familiar Star Wars characters. Youíll just have to wait to see which ones.


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