Ryan McAvoy said:
I've been thinking... with the shots of the distinctly 'adhoc' looking X-Wing landing field and the pictures of Stormtrooper armour. It could suggest that JJ has gone with the "Rebels never actually defeated the Empire" interpretation of the OUT ending to ROTJ. Hell it would make a lot more sense than supposing that just by killing The Emperor, The Rebels magically made the Imperials all go away.
If this is the case. Two things could be concluded. One, that it explains the absolute need for the de-canonisation of all previous EU. Two, that it makes reaquainting the general public with a restored version of the OUT, without SE changes of vital importance.
Fingers crossed eh!
Most of the EU all but ignored the altered ending of ROTJ and went along with the idea that the Empire remained strong following the Battle of Endor, so I don't really see where you're going with this.
Granted I've not read an extensive amount of EU stuff. But I was under the impression that the remnants of the Empire were just lurking in the background and the new Republic was in charge? Maybe I'm wrong. Is all the old post ROTJ EU stuff about the Rebels still on the run and fighting for their existence from an undeminished Empire then?
Wait, looked it up on Wookiepedia legends...
"The death of Emperor Palpatine, in 4 ABY, at the Battle of Endor, signaled the end of the Empire... One month later, the official Declaration of a New Republic was issued"
Do see where I'm going with this now? ;-)
Ryan McAvoy said:
Two, that it makes reaquainting the general public with a restored version of the OUT, without SE changes of vital importance.
Uh, how? The end of SE ROTJ only shows that there are riots on Coruscant, not the end of the Empire.
I think that's underselling it somewhat! It featured riots, fireworks, flybys, stormtroopers being attacked, giant statues being toppled and "Wesa free!". There is a heavy implication that the Empire has fallen in the "official" cuts that most people are now sadly familiar with, there is no such suggestion of that in the OUT. Plus as I said all the old EU stuff about the fall of the Empire backed up the Lucas approved line that that was what you saw at the end of ROTJ SE.