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.”
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.
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SOURCE: Vanity Fair (via Polygon)