Now that is a fun idea, Maul! Maybe Mothma became compromised some point after ROTJ. If Palpatine has really been influencing things beyond the grave, possessing or corrupting the leader of the New Republic seems like a logical path for a Sith Lord to take.
That also makes think of how I remember reading in the Art of TFA book that the Snoke-character at one point was considered to be female. Although I don’t know if the artist was referencing the Talon character, who apparently appeared in George’s original treatment, or just a female version of Snoke. A crone-like villain would’ve been a fun idea, since we have yet to have a female villain in the films outside of Zam Wessell, who has only a few minutes of screen time.
Regardless, I hope we get a female villain in one of the new film series. Would love to see a female Sith, maybe a Kreia/Darth Traya inspired character.
That’s possible, but having Mothma revealed as compromised from the get-go would have the same effect as say Obi Wan’s discomfort when speaking of how Luke’s father died, or seeing Leia respond to Luke’s telepathic message. These things were originally what they were at face value, but through the prism of George’s retcons gained a whole new dimension. The scene on the Mon Calamari ship in RoTJ would now have a whole new twist when viewing the trilogies together - “gosh, she was planning this all along!”.
But more importantly it would give the illusionary effect of the SE being a natural and necessary progression of the story. As it stands the saga goes “and they all lived happily ever after” followed by “except they didn’t”. It’s really just born of a need for more Star Wars (not that that’s a bad thing). In this instance it would be “yes, they lived happily ever after to a point, but there was a fly in the ointment”. Fans in the future would be praising Mothma’s subtle performance in RoTJ the same way newer fans attribute extra layers to Alec’s speech in ANH.
Essentially this is what I hope TROS will do - make it all feel like a natural progression from RoTJ in the same way the prequels were (theoretically) designed to dovetail into ANH.
I’m not familiar with Darth Talon, but I just looked her up and am already wishing she’d been in Snoke’s place! Having a villain so aesthetically different to Palpatine would’ve been awesome…