I recently started researching Ancient Rome and I realized that the whole government system in Star Wars is taken from it. And if there really is a new villain in the next Star Wars movie, then I don't think it will be a bounty hunter. Instead, I think it will be a political leader. He/she would be inspired by Julius Ceaser. Who ended up being assasinated. Here's why: From the Chronicle Encyclopedia of History - In the first century BC a widening gulf between rich and poor led to civil war. Julius Caesar, Marcus Crassus, and Gnaeus Pompeius united as the First Triumvirate in 60 BC to restore order. But Caesar soon seized sole power and ruled as dictator until he was assassinated in 44 BC. Caesar?s imperial tendencies led to his murder by republican Caesar?s death was followed by civil war between his heir, Octavian, and his aide, Mark Antony. After victory at the Battle of Actium in 31 BC, Octavian took the title Augustus, meaning ?revered,? and became the first Roman emperor, launching a golden age for Rome. A panel of the Altar of the Peace, celebrating Augustus?s reign The empire continued to grow, but by the third century corruption, barbarian attacks, and civil war began to threaten its stability. Emperor Diocletian restored order in 293 by dividing government of the empire between himself, his colleague Maximian, and two able generals. By 293 the empire?s expansion had made it unmanageable. If you are following me, then you know that this would suggest that Palpatine is not the establisher of the Empire. Someone else is. And that someone would be assassinated but his Empire would continue to grow. This also seems to support the idea of Sidious and Palpatine being two different people. Perhaps the *new villain* and/or Tarkin will be involved.