@maxacree: Spoiler alert – the novels come up, but only in passing. We’re looking at multiple Willow Watch episodes now to get the whole story. I’m still slogging through the first book, but as soon as I’m done, we’ll see about getting Claremont on the show to give us details on just what the heck was going on with those.
In State of the Empire episode 28 we discuss some amazing Willow auctions hosted by the Prop Store of London, some of which features materials about scenes, plot, and other details that never made it into the finished film. The listings aren’t up any longer, but fortunately we archived the images.