It’s no secret to Star Wars fans that Harrison Ford asked George Lucas to kill off Han Solo in Return of the Jedi. While we all know that didn’t happen at the time, with Star Wars the Force Awakens, Ford’s long desired request to have his character killed off was granted, leaving an emptiness in the Star Wars Universe that will never be filled. Even though science fiction inevitably lends its hand to a character returning from the dead, excluding Force ghosts, it’s not something that happens in Star Wars. In speaking with GQ (Via CBR) Ford expressed that he would rather not return to the world of Star Wars, but didn’t quite slam the door shut on reprising his iconic character:
“I mean, I’m finished with Star Wars if Star Wars is finished with me. I can’t imagine [returning]. But it is science fiction. I’d rather not. You know, at this point I’d rather do something else. Just because it’s more interesting to do something new.”
Ford has been synonymous with the franchise and the character for 40 years now, and while he has had many other roles throughout his career, to Star Wars fans, he will always be that snarky smuggler, Han Solo. Even though he has only played the character once since the original trilogy ended, you can’t really blame the actor for wanting to step away. As much as I love Han Solo, I’m afraid I’m of the opinion he should stay dead, not only would his return nullify the impact of Kylo Ren’s heinous act of killing his own father, it would also be difficult to explain his coming back to life. Having said that, I am all for Han Solo appearing in flashbacks.
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