(Warning - The following contains mild, largely synopsis-based SPOILERS for upcoming Star Wars novel 'Aftermath: Life Debt'. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise...)
Now, somewhat inevitably, we all have a whole lot of burning questions about the years bridging the end of Return of the Jedi and the start of The Force Awakens. After all, there's a lot we're still waiting to find out: Who the heck are Rey's parents? Why was she left on Jakku? Just how did Snoke lure Kylo Ren to the dark side? Just how did Poe Dameron get so goddamned cool? Did the Max Rebo Band survive the fall of Jabba the Hutt?
Perhaps most important of all, however — especially considering the events of The Force Awakens — is a question that's troubled fans ever since the original Expanded Universe was rendered non-canonical:
Just What Did Han Solo and Chewie Get Up To After 'Return of the Jedi'?
Well, thankfully, it seems we may finally have a conclusive answer, or, at least, we're about to get one. The next installment of Chuck Wendig's "Aftermath" novel series — set in the immediate wake of the second Death Star's destruction — is set to go on sale July 19, and from the sounds of it, "Life Debt" is going to give us the Han and Chewie-related answers we've been waiting for.
Indeed, according to newly released details from Entertainment Weekly:
Han Solo Headed Off To Liberate Chewbacca's Home Planet From The Empire
Yup, that's right, "Life Debt" is going to be taking our heroes back to Kashyyyk, the Wookie homeworld, and what looks set to be an epic adventure of rebellion, freedom fighting, and — Han and Chewie getting captured almost immediately.
That, at least, seems to be what the book's official synopsis is suggesting, revealing as it does both the apparent disappearance of the dynamic duo, and the consequent assignment of the first installment of "Aftermath's" cast to rescue them:
"The galaxy is changing, and with peace now a possibility, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee’s home world of Kashyyyk."
"Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of rebels pursue Admiral Rae Sloane and the remaining Imperial leadership across the galaxy. Sloane, increasingly wary of the mysterious fleet admiral, desperately searches for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. Even as Imperial forces fight to regain lost ground, Princess Leia and the New Republic seek to broker a lasting peace."
"But the rebel’s hunt for Admiral Sloane is cut short after the disappearance of Han Solo and Chewbacca. Desperate to save them, Leia conscripts Norra, Sinjir, Jas, and the rest of their team to find the missing smugglers and help them in their fight for freedom."
Which — actually fits surprisingly well with the Han Solo we know and love. After all, he WAS always getting himself captured. The only major difference this time looks to be that Leia had to bring in some outside help to save him, rather than just doing it herself as per usual.
You can read further excerpts from the novel right here. Or, y'know, wait three months and gorge yourself on the real thing in one night.
What do you think, though?
Are you going to be picking up 'Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt'?