Disney+ to Drop Grogu For an Empire Series

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Although May the Fourth has passed, hundreds and thousands of Star Wars fans will be logging on to Disney+ to stream the best that the galaxy far, far away has to offer. While some are obviously going to go with one of the trilogies, it’s a safe bet many are going to go on a Mandalorian binge.

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It’s probably safe to say that the Disney+ original featuring the adventures of Din Djarin and Grogu is one of the most popular fixtures to come out of the galaxy far, far away. However, as beloved as the little green guy is, it’s time for both Disney and Star Wars to move on from Baby Yoda.

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View

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The final season of The Mandalorian perfectly capped off Grogu and Mando’s story. Bo-Katan gets the throne of Mandalore again, Din Djarin has his honor restored, Grogu has both a family and his own place in the universe, and everyone’s happy. That’s all well and good, but we’re only getting one side of the story.

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The ending of the show’s third season opened the door for many story threads to follow, likely setting the stage for the oncoming Ahsoka series. However, one loose end yet has yet to be tied. The remnants of the Galactic Empire still survive, and they are not going to go down without a fight.

The Empire Strikes Back

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The Mandalorian teased us with a glimpse into life as an Imperial, and the subplot with Dr. Pershing and Elia Kane was setting up something incredibly sinister. No one likes to be left to dangle like that, so it might be time for Disney to switch sides and give viewers a different perspective on the Star Wars galaxy.

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Although The Acolyte is rumored to be a Sith-centric show, Disney and Star Wars both need to give fans some insight to the empire. The franchise is home to some of the most unforgettable villains in all affection, why not give them a chance to stand in the spotlight?

Lars Mikkelsen as Thrawn in Ahsoka
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With the arrival of Grand Admiral Thrawn comes the potential for an Heir to the Empire adaptation. If that is indeed the case, there has never been a better time for Star Wars to explore the cruelty and the icy grip of the regime Palpatine and Vader left behind.

A perfect example of this sort of adaptation lies between the pages of Lost Stars by Claudia Gray, a novel that pulls back the helmet on the life of a Stormtrooper. That’s the sort of perspective Disney has been lacking, and the viewership would be through the roof.

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There’s nothing wrong with rooting for the good guys, most of us already do. However, the Star Wars universe has gotten so vast and so fluid that a setup like this could allow both the franchise and the studio experiment with complex characters and themes not seen in something like The Mandalorian. An Empire-saturated plot worked for Andor, so why wouldn’t it work for something with them in the lead role?

Would you watch an Empire spinoff? Tell Inside the Magic what you think in the comments below!

 

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