A lot can happen in 30 years, and we’re about to discover exactly that in the context of the Star Wars universe. Disney recently announced that they will soon be putting out Star Wars: Aftermath, the first in a planned trilogy of novels that will pick up in the wake of Return of the Jedi and begin carving a new path of official continuity that will lead into J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But what exactly can we expect this material to cover? Well, there are definitely some major issues that need to be addressed.

We’ve always had some lingering questions about what happened in the Star Wars universe following the destruction of the second Death Star, and while many of those questions were answered - or at least dealt with - in the sprawling expanded universe, all of that was vaporized when Disney scrapped the entire EU last year. So now we’re starting from scratch again, and here are the biggest questions Aftermath needs to answer when it hits bookshelves on September 4th.

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What’s the Rebel Alliance’s Next Move?
Blowing up the new Death Star was surely huge for the Rebel Alliance, as were the deaths of both the Emperor and Darth Vader. The villains lost their greatest weapon and their key leaders… but while they’re reeling to be sure, they couldn’t have been totally down for the count. After all, this far, far away galaxy is a big place with many different worlds and star systems, and though sectors certainly some side with the insurgents, there are also surely still members of the Empire and Imperial loyalists lurking everywhere.

The point is, the Rebels need to put together a plan to move forward after this big win on Endor. Celebrating with the Ewoks is all well and good, but there is definite business to attend to in the very near future. If they have any hope of actually defeating their enemies once and for all, they have to keep the pressure on. The celebration is certainly well deserved, but while watching the final scene in Return Jedi, you can’t shake the feeling that this reprieve is temporary and that tomorrow, when everyone wakes up hungover from Ewok moonshine, they’re heading out into more dangerous adventures, and starting down the long, arduous path of trying to establish a new Republic.

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