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– by Seth McDonald

Unless you are George R.R. Martin, killing off major characters is not an easy decision. In a franchise as large as Star Wars, and with a character as iconic as Han Solo, you might want to step back and think about what you are doing, along with the potential ramifications. According to Polygon (via Vanity Fair), the death of Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was given the go ahead after what I assume was a lengthy discussion by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J Abrams, and Disney CEO, Bob Iger.

Iger explained to Polygone below:

“We had a big debate about Han Solo. Should he die or not? It was a decision made by Kennedy and Abrams, but I got involved.”

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While Han Solo is one of the most iconic characters in cinema history, I don’t think his death was shocking to a lot of fans. Anyone who calls themselves a Star Wars nerd knows Harrison Ford wanted Han to meet his end in Return of the Jedi. Perhaps who he was eventually killed by was a surprise, but I think most fans knew in the back of their mind, that there was a good chance Han wouldn’t make it through The Force Awakens.

How do you that Han met his end in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Vanity Fair (via Polygon)

  • HORSEFLESH

    I think Harrison Ford made that decision.

  • Lenin1959

    A lousy way to go in a badly written scene. I wish Han shot first… again!

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Would you have preferred if Han shot Kylo first, who then reflects the bolt back at Han, killing him?

      • Lenin1959

        No, I would have preferred if Han would not have met Kylo at all. Han, Chewie, and the Falcon belong together. They had to go together. In this final battle, the Resistance should have been losing until Han tells Chewie that it is now up to them to save all of them: Leia, Rey, the Resistance, the New Republic. And then they go for the reactor and KABOOM. This death would have meant something. Now he just got killed by a spoilt emo brat – what a horrible way to kill off a screen idol.

  • the50sguystrikesback

    I knew Han was gonna die the moment he stepped onto that catwalk.

    • amesResident

      I knew he was going to the moment he signed the contract to return. lol

    • agooseontheloose

      Agreed. That scene was so telegraphed!!

  • Moby85

    The major point here is that Bob Iger continues to get his “hands dirty” with Star Wars. Which is pretty unusual for the CEO of such a large company. I believe he found BB-8s creators, at least for the “legacy” model or whatever super-realistic one they roll around to cons and the red carpet.