Since the recent release of Star Wars books that seem to be focusing a lot on Leia, I can’t help but be caught up in her character all over again. It’s as if we are getting to know her for the first time and I just got to say, she is truly an amazingly colorful character. Leia Organa has evolved more so than any other character in the Star Wars universe in my opinion and she just keeps on growing – her list of credentials are impeccably impressive. She goes from a princess to a senator, to a sister to a regretful daughter, to a wife to a mother and finally, General to the Resistance and seeker to the galaxy’s only hope.
That said, in all that she has accomplished and is capable of yet doing, I’ve been questioning if she knew of certain things before they even happened. Mainly, did she foresee Han’s death on Starkiller Base?
Ok, so I’m sure there are a few of you wondering why I’m even asking this. A few more of you are probably thinking I’m over-thinking something that shouldn’t even be up for debate, but guess what? I am thinking it, and I do have some evidence to support my queries. Are you ready for this? Ok, hold on to your butts!
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens there is a conversation that takes place between the Resistance leaders and Han Solo. At one point during that said conversation Leia asks Han, “Han, how?” In regards to getting Finn, the deflected stormtrooper from the First Order, safely on what’s known as Starkiller Base. To which he simply replies, in his usual Han-like way, “If I told you, you wouldn’t like it.” It’s an interesting response and fits well with their typical and all too familiar banter that makes this couple one of the best space-married couples ever to grace the galaxy far, far away. But let’s dive-in a bit and take a closer look at that line delivered by Han Solo.
Now, after watching The Force Awakens for the umpteenth time and absorbing all the new reading materials that pertain to Leia up until this point, a lot of it seems to interweave and connect. And that is where I’m going with this, for example, the sequel to Chuck Wending’s AFTERMATH, Life Debt. Ok, not only does this book embrace Leia’s character in a way that we’ve never seen before, but it also fleshes out her emotions as an expectant mother and how that new change affects her choices, and the cost for those decisions in the impending future. So, that noted, there’s a passage in Life Debt that I found to be extremely important to her character and those that are close to her. Most importantly, her husband and the father of her unborn son, Han Solo.
Leia knows she’s just dreaming. She recognizes them for the illusion that they are. But they trouble her just the same, threading in and out of her sleep. Phantasms pursue her. She dreams of Han, dead in the snow. She dreams of poor Chewie in a cage somewhere. She dreams of herself on a table, dying as her child – no, children – are born. Then comes a vision of Luke, lost among the stars, searching for something and failing never returning. She dreams of being lost in a forest, and then of being lost inside the Death Star – she and Luke and Han are fleeing the stromtroopers, trying desperately to get back to the Falcon after Obi-Wan powers down the tractor beam controls, but no she knows the dread truth: He failed, he died, and the ship is still anchored there, and even if they could find their way out of the tangle of passages, they’ll never escape… – Star Wars: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig
…She dreams of Han, dead in the snow. Yeah, if that isn’t hitting the nail on the head, am I wrong? Granted, it’s not exact. But face it, Starkiller Base is (or was) completely covered in snow, that much is true. Anyways, dovetailing back to what Han says, “If I told you, you wouldn’t like it” there’s an exchange of looks between the couple and it’s as if they understand one another. As if they are sharing a moment, a memory from a past conversation, a private one. After all, married couples talk and share secrets. I can’t imagine Leia not telling Han about her dreams a.k.a. Force visions. Even though Han may not believe in “Hokey Religions,” he does know Leia has a power that he doesn’t quite understand, and he’s witnessed it firsthand more than once. That, alone, is enough to set off red flags of alarm during this particular conversation.
Moving forward, the scene in which Ben Solo takes his father’s life in vain and to gain a deeper power in the dark side of the Force, we see not only a look of surprise by Han but one of complete sadness. Can’t even imagine the heartbreak Han feels for his son’s atrocities and acts of selfishness. But I think his sadness runs even deeper than that. It’s a moment of revelation, of truth, that simple gesture of unconditional love given by Han in his final moments as he stretches out to caress the face of their son one last time. In an instant, it hits him and he knows she was right – as he falls into the depths of the chasm he knows that Leia’s dream has come to pass…
“The crazy thing is — it’s true. The Force, the Jedi. All of it. It’s all true.” — Han Solo, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
So what do you think? Did Leia foresee Han’s death? Let me know in the comments below or get at me via Twitter @urangelb!
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Becca Benjamin is a Medical Receptionist for a Retina Specialist, and the Editor-in-chief for The Cantina Cast, an innovative and thought-provoking Star Wars podcast and website, with a down-to-earth approach. She is also a host (with co-host Mark Sutter) on Tarkin’s Top Shelf, a literary Star Wars podcast and the personal author for Lucasfilm artist Steve Anderson. Becca is a monthly blog contributor to Coffee with Kenobi and can also be heard on The Star Wars Hour, the official Star Wars podcast for Channel Star Wars every week, discussing anything and everything Star Wars!