Grand Admiral Thrawn had reentered the new Star Wars canon in Star Wars Rebels, but his original creator Timothy Zahn will add his new take on the character when his novel, Thrawn, is released on April 11th by Del Rey Books.
USA Today shared a short interview with Zahn and excerpt from the upcoming novel that reveals interesting connection to a major Star Wars player.
“Most of the Imperial leaders we see in the movies rule through a combination of fear and manipulation. I wanted to create something different: a commander who could lead through loyalty,” Zahn says. “The result was Thrawn, a tactical genius whose troops follow him willingly, and who will fight for him whether or not he’s watching over their shoulders.”
While Zahn’s original Thrawn Trilogy — which began with 1991’s Heir to the Empire — took place after the Return of the Jedi film, the new book is set in the years leading up to the original 1977 Star Wars movie when the Empire is dealing with the growing Rebellion. Thrawn chronicles its title character’s rise to power within the Imperial Navy, from his arrival in space to his “unprecedented promotion” to grand admiral, Zahn says. “I get to show how he’s treated by his fellow officers and shipmates on his way up the military ladder, particularly when he’s not in a command position over them.”
The excerpt shared by the magazine is from the beginning of the novel and depicts the first encounter between Thrawn and Emperor Palpatine.
“Interesting,” the Emperor murmured. “Tell me. If you served the Empire, yet a threat arose against your people, where would your loyalties lie? Which of us would command your allegiance?”
“I see no conflict in the sharing of information.”
“I’m not speaking of information,” the Emperor said. “I’m speaking of service.”
There was a short pause. “If I were to serve the Empire, you would command my allegiance.”
“What guarantee do you offer?”
“My word is my guarantee,” Thrawn said. “Perhaps your servant can speak to the strength of that vow.”
“My servant?” the Emperor asked, his eyes flicking to Parck.
“I do not refer to Captain Parck,” Thrawn said. “I speak of another. Perhaps I assumed incorrectly that he was your servant. Yet, he always spoke highly of Chancellor Palpatine.”
The Emperor leaned forward a little, his yellowish eyes glittering. “And his name?”
“Skywalker,” Thrawn said. “Anakin Skywalker.”
It appears that Thrawn knew Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars before he turned to the Dark Side and became Darth Vader. I for one cannot wait to read the story about that encounter.
You can read the interview and the complete excerpt at USA Today website.
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