– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Fast & Furious franchise has one of the most strangely convoluted timelines in existence. The first three generally seem to be in order, and then we find out that Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, and the beginning of Furious 7 are all a giant flashback. What’s worse, Han’s death in Tokyo Drift, it turns out, actually no nothing to do with the plot of Tokyo Drift, and everything to do with Dom’s family getting attacked by Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw.

Han’s death is what set off the entirety of Furious 7, and so long as Deckard remained squarely on the other side of the line separating family from non-family, we were square. Sadly, for Han-lovers, Fate of the Furious saw Dom’s crew team up with Deckard, and from the looks of it, he’s probably sticking around. Given the huge emphasis this film franchise has on family, one would expect that the crew wouldn’t be so accepting after he killed one of their own. So why exactly is the beef between them squashed?

Speaking with the LA Times, Furious star Michelle Rodriguez got real after expressing her own frustration.

“I know. When [Deckard] was introduced, they didn’t even think for us to give him any flack when he walked in. And we were like, ‘Yo, dude, this guy killed one of our boys! You know it doesn’t fly like that!’”

“At the end of the day, you’re talking about a Hollywood demographic blockbuster character overriding story. That’s the battle that you have when you make movies this big. They were like, ‘We know that the grand majority of the audience wants to see this guy be on your side, so that overrides the fact that he killed one of your guys.’ “I was like, ‘I don’t know if that’s going to fly when we hit the Asian markets, but all right.’ I don’t write this stuff. What can I tell you?”

She definitely has a point when it comes to the audience wanting Statham joining the crew. I loved Statham and Dwayne Johnson’s chemistry in the film, and nothing made me personally happier than seeing him interact with the gang like he was one of them. As much as I’d liked Han, he didn’t cross my mind once while watching Fate of the Furious.

However, if you’re one of the fans running around yelling #JusticeForHan, then you may be in luck. The outlet also spoke with series screenwriter and producer, Chris Morgan showed us a glimmer of hope.

“Justice for Han … justice for Han. I think you’ll learn a lot more about it, and I don’t know if that hashtag will be the appropriate one to put on itdown the road. But I can tell you this: We will definitely be talking more about Han.

“Look, I am literally the biggest Han/Sung Kang fan in the world, but I would say this. From the initial conceit of Deckard, I’ve never really thought of him as a bad guy. He was definitely against our team but he’s a guy with a code who loves his family.”

This has me intrigued. Is Han really dead? Did Deckard actually kill him, and are these places we can expect the film to visit in the future? It certainly seems possible.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.