If you are one of the few people yet to see Han and Leia reunited in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” you should probably stop reading right now because spoilers are about to be discussed in painstaking detail. Don’t say you weren’t properly warned. We all know that Han and Leia ended up falling in love during the original trilogy, but as the legendary characters returned to the big screen last year there was a new tone to their relationship. To look into the future we need to first look into the past. 

‘Expanded Universe’ re-branded to ‘Legends’

“Star Wars” had a very big world of characters and events before director J.J. Abrams and writer Lawrence Kasdan gave us the thrilling continuation of the story with, “The Force Awakens.” Soon after Disney purchased “Star Wars” from George Lucas, all of the “Expanded Universe” books, comics and story lines that existed outside of the films were re-branded as “Legends,” simply to differentiate them from the official canon of the theatrical releases.

Star Wars Rebels” and “The Clone Wars” cartoons are also considered canon.

The Jedi children of Skywalker and Solo

So who is Rey and what is her parental lineage? Why did the writers change the story of the Skywalker and Solo children? Many fans knew from the “Legends” story line that Luke Skywalker married Mara Jade and had Ben Skywalker, while Han and Leia had 3 children, Anakin Solo and twins Jaina and Jacen.


Jacen eventually turns into Darth Caedus, the failed Jedi apprentice of Luke. Darth Caedus goes on to kill Mara Jade, devastating Ben Skywalker with the loss of his mother. Luke wants to turn Darth Caedus back from the dark side, but inevitably Jaina defeats her brother with a lightsaber through his chest, restoring order to the galaxy. Han and Leia also deal with the death of their son Anakin and Han’s partner in crime, Chewbacca, and stick it out through thick and thin.

The story is revised and updated

In "The Force Awakens" we don't hear anything about Anakin Solo, nor about Ben Solo, also known as Kylo Ren, having a twin sister. Heck, we barely see Luke Skywalker until the end of the film when Rey gives the Jedi back his father's lightsaber, rescued long ago from Cloud City. Obviously it doesn't make sense for Luke and Leia to both have sons named Ben, so we're left to wonder if Luke ever married Mara Jade and if he ever had any kids of his own.

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Those questions should be answered in due time, but until then a ton of speculation is going to abound online.

The love story turns sad

So why did Han and Leia split apart in “The Force Awakens” when they survived such a traumatic series of events in the “Legends” stories? Han went back to smuggling while Leia put on her best appearances while leading the resistance as a General. The film doesn’t really give us any answers, and it honestly made the reunion feel sad. While the couple had their differences in the original trilogy, in the expanded universe the courtship between the two and the love story was strong. This makes Han Solo's death at the hands of his own son Ben that much more depressing. Han was just trying to put things back together with his family and carry out the wishes of his estranged wife.

There must be more to the story than appears

This brings us back to “The Force Awakens,” and the mysterious character of Rey. There’s a history of Skywalker and Solo families dropping their children on distant sandy planets to keep them safe.

Is this the case of Rey, who is waiting for someone to return on Jakku? Many fan theories say she is the daughter of Luke or the daughter of Han and Leia. It’s impossible to know which direction the writers have planned. While Rian Johnson will write and direct “Episode VIII,” it’s safe to say the major plot points and storyline have been outlined for some time. Sound off in the comments below on Han, Leia and your best theory of who Rey is and if elements of the “Legends” story will echo throughout the next two films of the new trilogy.