After nine movies, several spin-offs, and a handful of TV series, it’s difficult to predict where Lucasfilm will go next with Star Wars. The next major movie is currently slated for December 2023, with Rian Johnson, Kevin Feige, and Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi all set to helm new adventures in a galaxy far, far away. But, for now, we have no idea what any of those movies will be about or when they’ll take place.
The previous films have covered a wide range of time — with the Extended Universe going even further into the past — but there’s a small sliver within the span of the Skywalker Saga that hasn’t made it to the silver screen: the immediate aftermath of Order 66 and the events of Revenge of the Sith. A forgotten comics chapter provides the perfect source material for a future Rogue One-style one-off Star Wars adventure, and it hinges upon the Emperor’s brush with death at the height of his power.
Even immediately after purging the galaxy of Jedi, Palpatine had enemies to spare. The Empire was just beginning, and not everyone shared the same ideals as the Sith Lord. So when Palpatine entertained the first graduating class of the Imperial Academies, he shouldn’t have been too surprised when the Headmaster of the Raithal Academy decided to take a stand.
As detailed in the non-canon Dark Horse comic Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, Headmaster Gentis, a General turned academic, disagreed with Palpatine’s hawkish ways, even though he knew it would result in a staggering number of casualties, including many of his own sons. In response, Gentis and his students waited until a celebratory gala to stage a coup.