[Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) was released this week, and yes, it was worth the wait. With plenty of references to other Star Wars films, The Force Awakens ticked all the right nostalgia boxes, while striking forward with a new and interesting story. Of all the characters, Han Solo provided the crucial connection to the original trilogy which proved absolutely vital to the plot. So will we see him in Star Wars Episode 8?
Warning: yeah, this is a spoiler article so now's the time to switch tabs if you haven't seen the film. We've even put in a handy video to block the view!
Han Solo's final stand was one of the most heartbreaking moments of Star Wars Episode 7, and his legacy will no doubt continue throughout the rest of the Saga.
Continuing The Legacy
Han Solo is one of the most important characters of The Force Awakens, not only in providing a link to the original trilogy, but in giving our new heroes hope. Both Finn and Rey begin the film alone, lost, and without purpose. But after they join forces and fly the Millennium Falcon off Jakku, Han Solo takes them under his wing and their team up is probably the best thing about the film.
In a lot of ways, Han Solo becomes a father figure to both our new heroes, Rey especially. While Finn and Han have an excellent dynamic, sparking off each other in banter that provides much of The Force Awakens' humour, Rey's connection to Han Solo is a lot more emotional. Maz Kanata is the one to sense Rey's conflict after Han Solo offers her a job on the Falcon...
"You feel like he's the father you never had."
Although she turns him down, Han offering Rey a job aboard the Falcon is one of the most touching moments of the film. Rey has never been appreciated for her talents before, and in many ways Han is passing the torch to a new generation.
The film ends with Rey piloting the Falcon as she embarks on her mission to train with Luke Skywalker, leaving the audience certain that at the very least, Han Solo's legacy will be felt in Star Wars 8. But will we see more than this?
The Future For Han
Obviously, we'll get a good dose of Han Solo backstory in 2018, when the solo Solo movie is released. But there's a good chance we'll see flashbacks to another time in Han Solo's life, as Star Wars Episode 8 continues the saga.
The revelation that Kylo Ren is the son of Han Solo and Leia Organa was just... awesome. I'm not gonna mince words, it was great. If I'm being honest though, I wasn't overwhelmed by Han Solo's death at the hands of his son. It felt like Obi Wan Kenobi's death all over again, and considering Han's characterisation as a guns-blazing smuggler, it felt a little low key.
"Can you help me? There's something I need to do, but I haven't got the strength to do it..."
Despite the impact of the revelation, there wasn't a huge amount of emotional depth to Kylo and Han's relationship. Which is probably because the film just didn't have time to go into detail about Kylo Ren's backstory, and his childhood.
But as Snoke promises to complete Kylo Ren's training, it's highly likely we'll see this expanded on in Episode 8. So, flashback Han Solo? It's definitely possible. Of course, that's if Harrison Ford can bear to be in another Star Wars film: he famously said that he wanted Han Solo to die in the original trilogy.
"Three’s enough for me. I was glad to see that costume for the last time."
Of course, Harrison Ford has since been very enthusiastic about his role in The Force Awakens, but he's been silent on any appearances in the saga beyond that. He's also categorically stated that he won't be involved in the Han Solo origin story film.
Personally, I'm hoping for a flashback to Ben Solo's childhood in Star Wars 8, one that includes both Han and Leia. This would add another note of tragedy to Han's death, as well as giving Kylo Ren the character depth he needs. For now though, we just don't know if Harrison Ford will appear in Episode 8.
But what do you think? Is this the last we've seen of Han Solo? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!
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