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Why Han Solo Could Show Up In The Clone Wars Season 7

Many have started predicting some of the major plot arcs in the upcoming seventh season of The Clone Wars. The siege of Mandalore. The abduction of Palpatine. Order 66. All of these and many more are really interesting and are making us anticipate February 21 when we can (finally) start watching more of this amazing show. And although we can make predictions about season seven, there is still plenty more to explore and expand upon in canon this season. That’s why we wanted to dedicate this blog post, not to going over what we think is likely to happen in season seven, but a character we would love to see in the new season: Han Solo.

As seen in early concept art of Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas played around with the idea of a young Han showing up on Kashyyyk with Chewbacca during the Clone Wars. While this idea didn’t matriculate given Lucas’ shift to focus more on Anakin’s journey in the film, it’s completely possible that a young Han could appear in The Clone Wars. Han was born approximately 32 years before the Battle of Yavin and the Clone Wars began 22 years before the Battle of Yavin, making Han approximately 10 years old at the time of the war’s onset. Solo: A Star Wars Story and the Imperial Cadet series add substantially to Han’s back story, but, prior to his involvement in the criminal gang White Worms and fellow scrumrat Q’ira, there’s relatively little information about Han. We know his father worked in the Corellia shipyards building freighters. Corellia’s role in the galaxy during the Clone Wars is relatively vague in canon as well. In the Old Republic era, Corellians exploded and colonized the galaxy, but their next substantial inclusion in canon is during the era of the Galactic Empire. It is entirely plausible that the war reached Corellia in some way. It is plausible that the Republic or the Separatists ventured to Corellia for some reason during the war, potentially to access their shipyards. It is plausible that a band of clone troopers got stranded on Corellia during the war. Regardless of how the war, and therefore the show, could reach Corellia, if it does, Han and his father’s inclusion seems natural. Given Han’s stance on the Force in A New Hope, it wouldn’t make sense for him to bump into Jedi or Sith or any Force-sensitive individual during this time. But, given how far reaching the war is, Han’s inclusion is entirely possible and something we’d love to see. We’d like to think that more of Han’s pre-Q’ira backstory would’ve been explored in Solo sequels (fingers crossed for a Disney+ show!), but the Clone Wars is a really interesting platform to shed a little light on Han’s childhood, his relationship with his father, and a pre-Galactic civil war Corellia free of the oppressive empire. Han mentions his father in Solo and the Imperial Cadet series by saying he wasn’t close to him, that he took him to the shipyards one day, and that he said he’s destined to fly, rather than to build ships. Little moments like this would be really interesting to explore in the broader context of the Clone Wars in a story still relevant to the central arcs of the show. It would also be a poetic tribute to a concept Lucas played around with by finally including Han in the Clone Wars.

This is by no means a prediction or an expectation, but just something we thought we’d throw out there to see what others think. Han is one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars saga and his inclusion in future projects, including The Clone Wars, is something we’d welcome with open arms.

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Why the Sequel Trilogy is About Rey’s Search for Belonging

Welcome to the Star Wars Holocron blog! This is a place where we’re going to share some of our thoughts on the latest in everything that is Star Wars. Amidst The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian season 1, Jedi: Fallen Order, and a slew of announcements and canon novels and graphic novels, 2019 was a hallmark year for Star Wars, introducing new characters and tales into canon, while expanding on previously established adventures. One of the things we liked the most from the past year in Star Wars were the themes explored in The Rise of Skywalker. In particular, how this film firmly felt like it was Rey’s story. The marketing material for The Force Awakens purposefully kept who the protagonist of the new trilogy was a little bit of mystery (Finn, Rey, maybe Poe?), and the film is largely dedicated to both Finn and Rey’s stories. The Last Jedi, conversely, emphasizes the dynamics between Rey and Kylo, with Luke’s influence on the both of them being integral to the story. The Rise of Skywalker, however, affirmed that this story of the sequel trilogy is firmly Rey’s story. Some people have found issue with Rey’s parentage reveal in The Rise of Skywalker and we completely understand and empathize with these concerns. However, we think that Rey’s parentage fully fleshes out her character in a truly unique way. Rey’s entire arc in the sequel trilogy has been about belonging, a theme not as emphasized in the previous two trilogies. In The Force Awakens, Rey desperately seeks belonging from a family who would never return. This belonging shifted to Han Solo temporarily as a father figure and mentor, but his passing concluded that. In The Last Jedi, Rey desperately seeks belonging from Luke, a mentor she hopes will not only save the Resistance from certain defeat in the face of the First Order, but will provide her with the support and guidance she longs for. However, his disillusionment with the involvement of the Jedi in galaxy affairs and ultimate sacrifice to save the Resistance stunted any chances of this belonging. In The Rise of Skywalker, Rey finally finds some of the belonging she has hoped for in her master, Leia. Once again, however, this belonging is seemingly short-lived. She feels a dark presence within her that she can’t quite define, or that she doesn’t want to define, and needs to go on a mission with her friends to prevent Palpatine’s second takeover of the galaxy. This pursuit of belonging culminates in the reveal that she is Palpatine’s granddaughter. Rey desperately sought belonging in some longstanding, enduring, supportive way, but this is not the belonging she envisioned. The Last Jedi provided a difficult answer to Rey’s issue of belonging, that her parents are no one, but The Rise of Skywalker takes this a step further and questions Rey’s belonging to an even more disturbing, frightening degree. This is why the ending of The Rise of Skywalker is so poignant, as it not only resolves the more surface-level conflict of the sequel trilogy (The Resistance vs. The First Order), but it resolves the core conflict of the trilogy’s protagonist – a lack of belonging. In choosing the Skywalker name, Rey is not letting what came before her (her parents’ decision and Palpatine himself) or what has happened to her in her life shape who she is. Rey’s autonomous, unilateral decision to claim the Skywalker name and, finally, find the spiritual belonging she has always sought with the spirits of Luke and Leia supporting her is why The Rise of Skywalker is so powerful. The Skywalker bloodline may be eradicated with the death of Ben Solo and Leia in the film, but Rey is as much a Skywalker as Anakin, Luke, Leia or Ben ever were as this is a family she chose and a family that chose her. It is important to note that this is just one perspective on The Rise of Skywalker and the sequel trilogy more broadly. People are free to hold their own opinions on the different facets of Star Wars, which is why Star Wars is so interesting. If you ask 100 people what they enjoy most in Star Wars, you’ll get a 100 different answers, emphasizing how diverse Star Wars is relative to other franchises. This is just one of many interpretations of Rey’s arc in The Rise of Skywalker. Thanks for taking the time to read this! Always interested in fellow fans’ thoughts about different aspects of Star Wars. May the Force be with you all!