Yeah, but that's exactly it. When it's an ongoing series, tie-ins tend to get contradicted pretty quickly, because an ongoing series is a creation in flux. There are no guarantees. The direct quote was approximately "It's canon until it isn't." That didn't mean they were committed to keeping consistent with it -- just the opposite. It meant, explicitly, that we should expect them to contradict it the moment they had a reason to. And that was just one producer in an interview. If anything, that one interview was the outlier. As I recall, everything else that was said about the books was that the only attempt at consistency was from the show to the books, not the other way around. It sounds like fans cherrypicked the one statement that confirmed what they wanted to be true and ignored everything else -- classic confirmation bias. Your own desire is always the thing that will mislead you the most, so it's the thing you should always be the most skeptical toward. If you want something to be true, doubt the hell out of it. J. Michael Straczynski intended the Dell novels to be canonical, but he was too busy working on the show to supervise them as closely as he liked, and so most of them had continuity issues or differences of interpretation that rendered them non-canonical. The only two that remained in canon were the ones by the authors most directly connected to JMS, including his own wife. The DC comics were canonical, because all but two issues were written or plotted by JMS himself, and the other two were by David Gerrold, who freelanced for the show. The later Del Rey novels were able to be fully canonical because the show was over by then and so JMS had the time to devote the full attention needed to keep them consistent. Solo references the animated shows, which are canonical spinoffs, not tie-ins. I don't recall the film depending on ideas from the novels or comics or games, aside from the occasional passing reference to a species or organization name. I remember there were speculations that Thandie Newton's character would be Han's "wife" from the comics, but that was totally untrue. Yup. The problem with "canon" is that people focus on the metaphor and overlook what it's meant to describe, which is the work of the original creator or their direct successors. No two creators will interpret a given creation the same way, so tie-ins can rarely succeed at being consistent with a series unless the creator of the series has hands-on involvement with them, which is rarely doable until the main series ends, because making a TV series is incredibly time-consuming.