So in an alternative timeline where George Lucas never sold and never did his own sequel trilogy (which would have overwritten the majority of the EU as well) where do you think the Expanded Universe would be eight years after the last novel was released? Obviously Sword of the Jedi would be finished and likely another series or two as well. Do you think they would have finally been finished with Han, Luke, and Leia, and Jaina would be the star of the EU? How well do you think a post RotJ Expanded Universe without the big three would have worked? As it's no secret that in tie-in fiction characters that people see onscreen sell better long term than characters that are created within the book realm. You can tell by my username that I am into High Republic characters but even I wouldn't be that interested in seeing ten years of books and comics where they were the stars. Sure a few books here and there would be fine but not as the stars of the entirety of canon novels.