In the lead-up to The Force Awakens much of the new canon has focused on the period between the prequel and original trilogies, the so-called inter-trilogy period. Three of the four Del Rey books released to date have taken place in this period, along with the Rebels TV series and all of the media that goes along with it. Given that Rebels will continue for at least another season and we already know that the first Anthology film, Rogue One, will take place in this inter-trilogy era this doesn’t look like a period that the Story Group is going to leave behind anytime soon.
It makes sense. The desire to explore this period is the same desire that led to the prequels in the first place. How did the galaxy get to look like it does in the original trilogy?
There is also the imposed restraint of “movie secrecy” as well. Given that everything to do with The Force Awakens is being kept under wraps, Lucasfilm doesn’t want any non-movie media to eclipse the storyline of the movies. Their rationale is easy to understand; the movies are their biggest property and they don’t want them to be spoiled by other media. This restraint still leaves a whole lot of Star Wars timeline to explore, but the Story Group seems to have found its happy place in the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Read More