So as those of you familiar with the script history of Star Wars probably know, the concept of "the Sith", a rival warrior order to the Jedi, dates all the way back to the 1974 rough draft (the source of today's "The Star Wars" comics). They survive all the way up until the third draft, which resembles the final film in many ways, but in the film itself, all that's left is renegade Jedi Knight Darth (apparently his first name) Vader. And while the novelization does refer to him as a "Dark Lord of the Sith" - introducing that term to a wider public for the first time - it doesn't indicate exactly what that is, and describes the Emperor as a puppet under the control of "the very assistants and boot-lickers he had appointed to high office". Even as the Emperor does transform into a dark side sorcerer over the course of the next few films, and even as the Anakin=Vader plot point is introduced, the Sith don't come back. The Making of Return of the Jedi features this significant exchange from the story conference that basically gave us the final film: So as the Original Trilogy ended, the clear intention seemed to be that the Emperor - while now no mere puppet but a powerful dark side figure - was still essentially the "Nixonian" manipulative politician of the novelization, who had learned to use the Force on his own. He was not a member of the "Sith" order, and except for the vague reference to Vader being a DLOTS, there was no indication that such an order even existed. As best as I can tell, things seemed to stay that way for the early works in the "Star Wars revival" at the end of the 1980s. The consistent terms used through early novels like the Thrawn Trilogy and the WEG products are things like "Dark Jedi", "Dark Siders", and so forth - in particular, I'm pretty sure what the WEG books call "Dark Side Adepts" (a concept that I believe emerged here) would be "Sith Adepts" if created today. But then in 1993, the Tales of the Jedi comics start being published and directly reintroduce the concept of the Sith to the Star Wars universe - with the title of the second/third series being "Dark Lords of the Sith". The Sith of these comics don't exactly match up with the original idea or, especially, what was eventually realized onscreen in the prequels (no red lightsaber shtick, no Rule of Two, no "Darth" titles - which as an indirect result emerge very suddenly from an in-universe standpoint), but there's certainly a number of similarities as well. The concept of what a Sith was still remained elusive for the remainder of the 90s until the prequels, and dark-side-using villains during that time still weren't automatically associated with them. But the Sith had come back as a concept. The question I've created this thread for is why and how. Why did the idea of a Sith Order, dating back to almost the earliest recognizable form of Star Wars but all-but-eliminated from the final films, suddenly reappear in the EU like this? In fact, is there any behind-the-scenes material on what went on with the revival of the Sith concept for Star Wars in general? I'm not aware of any myself, but even if there's not, I think this is still an intriguing question to ponder - especially today, when the Sith have bounced back from seeming oblivion (as they repeatedly have in-universe, in what now seems to be a very meta phenomenon) to become such an extremely embedded part of Star Wars that there are heated debates over their relationship to the ST. (Note: Part of this is about the EU, so it might fit better in Literature, but it's primarily about behind-the-scenes stuff, so that's why I posted it to Saga).