Dunno if this is straying too close to a what if, as it's more about fan expectations. I guess it's mostly applicable to people that read the NJO as it was released, as I would imagine most people that read it afterward would already have an idea about what happened afterward. I thought Jacen was going to become the new Luke with Luke taking on the Obi-Wan/Yoda role, in terms of narrative importance. I also expected Anakin Skywalker to be like Qui-Gon's ghost after his demise. Revenge of the Sith wasn't out yet, but we got some Yoda going crazy and losing his mind and talking to the Force and it talking back to him in the voice of Qui-Gon Jinn scenes in the EU by that time, and I was intrigued by the ambiguity behind "stand firm." Was Jacen hearing Anakin? Or was Jacen hearing the Force? OR "why does everything have to be one or the other?" When Legacy of the Force first came out, even after Jacen was like "Whelp, I guess I'll be a Sith because reasons," I didn't expect Jacen to become the antagonist, but I expected him to right the ship and transcend opposites again. I didn't believe Lumiya about Vergere either. I expected Anakin Skywalker's apparition to knock some sense into him... especially since the writers were teasing an Anakin would be in the story, which I guess turned out to be Anakin Sal-Solo (or maybe SS Jimmy) but given the fact that it's utterly stupid to build hype for that I suspect they were hyping how they were going to swap Jacen for Anakin in Invincible until the editors realized what they were doing. The other thing which I expected was a master-apprentice relationship between Jacen and Ben which mirrored Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. I fully expected Jacen to become a Jedi Knight very much similar to Qui-Gon Jinn, not really caring much for the bureaucracy which he expressed distaste for as early as Vector Prime, going about the galaxy following the will of the Force.