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Star Wars: The Force Awakens left us all reeling when Harrison Ford’s iconic Han Solo was killed off in a heartbreaking scene which saw his son – Kylo Ren – delivering the fatal blow.

J.J. Abrams has previously commented on why the decision to kill the character was made, but now Harrison Ford has weighed in with how it felt to finally put Han to rest after first bringing up the idea to have him die before the release of Return of the Jedi thirty years ago.

“I think it’s a fitting use of the character,” Ford said in response to a fan question about Solo’s death in Star Wars: The Force Awakens during a Q&A session with Entertainment Weekly. “I’ve been arguing for Han Solo to die for about 30 years, not because I was tired of him or because he’s boring, but his sacrifice for the other characters would lend gravitas and emotional weight.” That it most certainly did, and it’s set Rey on a brand new path!

Transcripts of story planning sessions for Return of the Jedi have revealed that George Lucas overruled the suggestion to kill Han off, but with him no longer involved with the Star Wars franchise, Abrams was able to make the bold decision of taking out the fan-favourite.

Of course, Han Solo will live on thanks to Disney’s effort to find an actor to play a younger version in the upcoming Star Wars Anthology movie directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord.

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