Can Thrawn Be A Star Wars Primary Villain Over Palpatine

Sheev Palpatine or Darth Sidious also known as ‘The Emperor’ was the Dark Lord of Sith of the Galactic Empire. He cultivated two identities Palpatine and Sidious, rising to power in the Republic Senate as the Senator of Naboo. Through the Clone Wars, he was the mastermind behind the fall of the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order and then established his order in the galaxy which lasted until his death at the Battle of Endor.

He had been the primary villain for decades in the Star Wars, from The Phantom Menace to the end of the First Order, he has been the supreme bad guy from the shadows to the galaxy’s biggest stage. 

There were plenty of side villains, subordinates, and anti-heroes who took part in that span and most of the characters played some or the other roles in Darth Sidious’s evil schemes. His principle of evil for evil’s sake doesn’t make him the most shaded or fascinating character although he has done well and good as the franchise’s arch-villain. Of course, Ian McDiarmid’s caricature performance as the Sith Lord is one of the major points of the trilogy’s prequel but still, Palpatine never received much intricacy or way of depth from the scripts. 

The prospective reintroduction of the mysterious Chiss species THRAWN of the Star Wars in The Mandalorian can finally change the potential of the primary villain, Palpatine. He was vanished since the Unknown regions, at the end of the Star Wars Rebels which also had Ahsoka Tano’s reintroduction, and this put up Thrawn for a major comeback in the future Star Wars. So, a long term lead villain can be expected in the post original trilogy era free from the Palpatine’s shadow. 


In The Mandalorian, Moff Gideon served as the Imperial Order remnant, Palpatine’s first Order and  Thrawn was the Grand Admiral of the Imperial Navy but it is possible that he may not be as loyal as Moff Gideon was in exile. It is doable that may be Thrawn was not involved in Empire’s reconstruction and Palpatine’s resurrection as he had flung through the universe before the Empire’s fall but if he is involved it is expected that Palpatine may not have his loyalty.  

Palpatine And Thrawn

Thrawn, a phenomenal character was born in Episode IV: A New Hope, with his bloodshot red eyes, pale-blue skin, is known as the Grand Admiral. He is the most precise, calculated, cliché spouting, soft-spoken, lightening-blasting and without the Emperor’s deranged laugh, a very non-identical villain from Palpatine. If he returns to The Mandalorian, he can bring up an entirely new storyline and characters with his morality and complicated motivations.

Robert Downey Jr. As Thrawn

Although it was seen in the Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, that the Palpatine’s resurrection didn’t go well with the audience and the reason was assumed that the introduction of the character was odd or even that the time of the character has passed. So, Thrawn can be the new bad guy for the shows like Ahsoka Tano and The Mandalorian which can even be a game-changer aspect for the future Star Wars.

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