They may have used the fan begat Khan fever to give the perfect cover for four years to go off, sit in the corner and decide on someone else completely while half of fandom talks about Khan. They couldn't really have fabricated a better misdirection for themeselves if they had tried to make one up.
If that's the case of course!
'If the Apocalypse starts, beep me!' - Buffy Summers
'The sky's the limit.....' Jean-Luc Picard, 'All Good Things'
courtesy of Saquist