See, I disagree to an extent. I don't think George's recollections or even his draft scripts really matter for purposes of future storytelling. They can act as points of inspiration, and you can refer back to them to get a sense of "What's this moment here actually mean?" but unless they actually made it to the screen, the elaborate backstory created by....whomever...doesn't really matter, especially if it's just "Hey George, what was your creative process?"
Like, if you have a novel that is supposed to take place between X and Y years, and your subsequent story takes place Z years later, ok, fine, you probably want to at least try not to directly contradict the novel. So if the novel shows [character] dying, and your story requires them to be alive, you need to either change the character, or figure out why they didn't really die and work that into your story....if you actually care (you may not, because your attitude may be "Who really reads the novels? I'm not letting that slow me down.").
By contrast, if you're telling a story and it violates some thing that George said once in an interview from 1998 about how he thought the Force worked...well...who gives a s*** what he said? I mean, sure, include it if you want, but you're definitely not beholden to George's periodic musings. They bear zero weight on the stories you're trying to tell. That's what I'm getting about "they don't matter."
I look at it this way. George's attitudes and musings and stuff are interesting in an academic sense. Like, "How'd we get here?" and "What was your process?" and stuff like that. But George's attitudes aren't holy writ, and just because George thought X doesn't mean that (1) X is a good idea, or (2) X should have any bearing on the current story.
At the same time, these are all things that the majority of the fandom wanted. They wanted to know what Boba was up to post-RotJ. The fandom wanted the Ahsoka/Sabine duo show where they're searching for Thrawn and Ezra. They wanted Ewan McGregor back as Obi-Wan. The fandom also wanted to see TCW finished out, and got that.
The fandom vocally shows support for these things, but then complains when they get them.
Mixed feelings...merit and fault.Funny enough, Leia ended up running black ops missions for the Rebellion, while Luke piddled around a dirt farm with his head in the stars.
A movie or series of movies can be cultural milestones without constant reinvention. When something is timeless it means that it speaks to the human condition. In that way it lives forever because it speaks to people no matter what time they live in. Fans want to immortalize this movie series by seeing it constantly "fixed" or continued.
Do fans really want Star Wars to live forever? Life has meaning in part because it's brief. Stories are the same. I'd much rather it mean something than have it live on in medioctrity. I really don't understand the obsession with wanting more.
I think what we really crave is the way it inspires us. It was meant to be a vehicle to drive young people to go after something meaningful. Instead it's bred a generation people who think it's the end itself rather than the means. Has Star Wars inspired you to do something or go after something in the last few years, other than to consume more of it? Because if all it's doing is driving your thirst to consume, then it's no longer art.