Han Solo May Have Survived, ‘Star Wars’ Suggests

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“No one’s ever really gone,” Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) tells Leia (Carrie Fisher) in Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi (2017). Oh, how right he is. These days, it seems that not a single character in Star Wars has the ability to truly die.

Whether it’s because they’re brought back to life (Maul, Boba Fett, the list goes on), or the fact that the non-linear franchise can pick and choose any moment along its extensive timeline and reintroduce us with characters who will die much later on.

Boba Fett post-Sarlacc pit covered in sand
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Or perhaps it’s because they’re seemingly invincible. A bit like Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) in Ahsoka (2023). The Internet was set ablaze last week after the first two episodes of the brand-new live-action Star Wars series made a landing on Disney+.

But not every fire was of the celebratory kind. Many fans took issue, and understandably so, with the fact that the Mandalorian graffiti artist, while in combat against Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno) in “Part One: Master and Apprentice”, took a lightsaber right through the gut.

Sabine Wren wielding a lightsaber in 'Ahsoka'
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The problem with this? After a brief stint in a medical facility on Lothal afterwards, Sabine is walking around without a care in the world, despite her enemy’s searing blade impaling her torso — right through the middle of her abdomen — just the day before.

While the Star Wars universe obviously has far more advanced medical care than we have here on Planet Earth, naturally this scene in Ahsoka has led to some online discourse, with many now wondering why lightsabers are no longer the deadly blades they once were.

Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Sabine Wren talking to Ahsoka
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Some are even questioning why characters such as Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) had to die in the first place, considering he is also stabbed through the abdomen by Darth Maul (Ray Park) in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace (1999).

The same goes for Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker (2019), who’s delivered a should-be-fatal blow in the same area by Rey (Daisy Ridley). Okay, so Rey does use her Force-healing abilities on Kylo, but you see our point.

Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan back to back in The Phantom Menace
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What was Dave Filoni thinking when he decided to have Sabine stabbed by a lightsaber only to walk away unscathed, and also when he knew full well that fans wouldn’t suspect for a single minute that the beloved Rebels character’s life was ever truly on the line?

Either way, many of us have been left wondering two things: a) What is the point in lightsabers if they’ve been rendered so ineffectual? b) Are there any Star Wars characters who died by lightsaber but may have actually survived?

Ahsoka wielding her lightsabers in the Ahsoka trailer
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Our attention turns immediately towards Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens (2015), when he is impaled through the body by a lightsaber — that of his son, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo — before falling to his death in a misty chasm.

It’s unclear what exactly kills Han Solo, though. Is it the lightsaber or the fall? We’re inclined to believe it’s the fall, especially with lightsabers proving to be pretty useless. However, we never actually see the smuggler land anywhere, which feels very familiar.

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Darth Maul meets a very similar fate in The Phantom Menace, after Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) avenges the death of his fallen master, Qui-Gon, and slices the Sith Lord in two, sending his two halves falling into a deep chasm. But Maul actually survives this.

As revealed in Season 4 of the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 — 2020), Maul (Sam Witwer) is shown to have survived both the dismembering and the fall, though over the 10 years he’s been in hiding, he has completely lost his mind.

Darth Maul escaping in The Clone Wars finale
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Soon enough, though, Maul’s legs are restored by the Nightsisters of Dathomir, and he then embarks on a quest to kill Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor). So, if Maul can survive a worse fate than Han Solo, then surely the smuggler could have also survived?

While Han appears as a ghost to his son in The Rise of Skywalker, it’s widely assumed to be happening in Ben’s head. It was always possible that Han survived somehow, but the lightsaber problem Ahsoka has contributed towards seems to suggest a greater possibility.

Han may very well have survived Kylo Ren’s attack, is perhaps in hiding somewhere during The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, waiting for the war between the Rebellion and the First Order to end, or, more than likely, recovering.

What other Star Wars characters may have survived offscreen, whether by lightsaber or other?

Han Solo — Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Harrison Ford as Han Solo in The Force Awakens
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What would be the implications had Han Solo actually survived in The Force Awakens? While many Star Wars fans would lose their minds in a bad way (and rightly so), there are others who would be thrilled at the prospect of seeing their favorite smuggler return.

Or even just knowing he’s alive out there somewhere would be enough for some of us. After all, Harrison Ford is reportedly done with Star Wars (he’s also hung up his fedora hat in the Indiana Jones franchise). We just hope he’s let Chewbacca know he’s okay.

Mace Windu — Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

Mace Windu in the Senate chambers in Revenge of the Sith
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This is one death that has been hotly debated since Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith (2005) was released. Jedi Knight Mace Windu (Samuel L Jackson) gets one of the most brutal deaths in the franchise, after he gets his arm cut off by Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and electrocuted and then blasted out of a skyrise into the aerial traffic lanes of Coruscant by Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid).

Despite things not looking so good for him, many fans believe Windu is still alive (there were even some wild theories involving Snoke), and his absence would make perfect sense given the fact he was killed right before Order 66 took place. Who wouldn’t want to stay in hiding?

Aayla Secura — Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

Aayla Secura with the Clone Troopers on Felucia in Revenge of the Sith
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One of the most gut-wrenching deaths in Star Wars is that of Jedi Knight Aayla Secura (Amy Allen), who’s ambushed by her own company of clone troopers on Felucia during Order 66, in a scene that director Steven Spielberg contributed towards.

While we see Aayla being gunned down by several troopers and hitting the ground, the Force works in mysterious ways. Of course, Aayla is completely dead, but where there’s lazy writing and a total lack of imagination, there’s always a way.

Kuiil — The Mandalorian

Kuiil in The Mandalorian
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Kuiil (Nick Nolte) was one of the best characters in The Mandalorian Season 1. However, we never actually see him get killed by those scout troopers in “Chapter 7: The Reckoning” — we only see his unconscious body on the ground.

While Din Djarin/The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) returns to bury the Ugnaught’s body in “Chapter 8: Redemption”, creating a makeshift tombstone with his dead friend’s helmet, it’s entirely possible that Kuiil “has not spoken” his last word just yet.

As per Disney and Lucasfilm, here’s the official trailer for Ahsoka:

Ahsoka stars Rosario Dawson (Ahsoka Tano), Natasha Liu Bordizzo (Sabine Wren), Eman Esfandi (Ezra Bridger), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Hera Syndulla), Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma), Ivanna Sakhno (Shin Hati), Diana Lee Inosanto (Morgan Elsbeth), and the late Ray Stevenson (Baylan Skoll).

The first three episodes of Ahsoka are now streaming on Disney+. New episodes will be available to stream every Tuesday, with the eighth and final episode airing on October 3.

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