This post is an open discussion, not a what if, of whether or not: Tarkin had genuine desires for the throne and If you believe this is in character with his 40 some years of Expanded history. Now, when watching ANH, there is virtually nothing to indicate this. All hints towards his ambitions are from the novelization, OOT character studies (a certain promo for The Star Wars in a magazine spells it out) and other sources. However, there are also plenty of sources that state that Wilhuff was zealously loyal not only to the throne, but to Palpatine himself. Perhaps the linchpin of this entire discussion lies on Motti’s repeated attempts to “persuade” Tarkin to use the DS-I as a bargaining chip to either depose Palpatine, or co-rule beside him (the novel Death Star instead points towards the idea of him being the official #2 beneath Palpatine, so maybe Grand Vizier? Supreme Moff?) Now, Tarkin’s response to Motti is really interesting, and I appreciate the restraint on the accounts of the author. Tarkin tells Motti that he will “give it some thought” after Yavin is destroyed. We, the reader, don’t really know if this was just him shutting Motti up, or if it was an earnest statement. Anywho, what’s your guys thoughts on this topic? Do you think ol’ slippers actually wanted the throne? And if he did, is this in character for him? Maybe he just went power-mad?