As the new Star Wars canon expands beyond the movies, Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy has been the most important source of information about the era between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. At the Star Wars Publishing presentation at Comic-Con, Wendig hinted about what we should expect from Aftermath: Empire’s End, the final book in the trilogy.
Of course, Wendig joked that “the Empire ends,” but he also told reporters from ScreenRant that the Battle of Jakku will play an important role in the story.
“Jakku figures in considerably, the Empire figures in considerably,” Wendig said. “The end of Life Debt has some pretty galaxy-shuddering things. So Empire’s End is definitely about shaking all that stuff out and getting into the consequences.”
The Battle of Jakku, which was featured in Star Wars: Battlefront and mentioned in The Force Awakens, has been hinted at over the course of the series. It could be a major turning point in the storyline, which takes place in the three decades between Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. In Life Debt, Jakku was mentioned as being important to Emperor Palpatine, who tasked a then-young Admiral Rax to protect it several decades before the final battle between the Rebellion.and the Empire took place there.
Empire’s End comes out January 31, 2017.