It’s been called the biggest twist in motion picture history. It was known by no one on the set when they filmed the scene, except for Mark Hamill, who was told by George Lucas only moments before they filmed. The true fate of the father of Luke Skywalker.
This is something that I think could be retained if the prequels were ever rebooted. As one person recently said at Comic-Con, how could anyone take that twist away from future audiences? With the creation of Episodes I-III, it was very clear that the secret wouldn’t be able to be maintained. Especially with the obvious nature of the direction of the story.
My thoughts on possible solutions?
The scoundrel. The smuggler. The over-confident anti-hero. Han Solo and Lando Calrissian are two characters from the original trilogy that helped to make the Star Wars universe what it is today. They were the characters that we could relate to most, as they were on the outside of the force. They were out bridge into that world. These characters were the cowboys that would ride from town to town, and either wind up running things, like Lando, or they’d be a mercenary for hire, like Han. And they could not be found in the prequel trilogy.
This is a character that could have brought a bit more heart to the story, with a big personality and a no-nonsense attitude. It would have been our look at what the Clone Wars were doing to the rest of the universe from the perspective of an outsider that is now somehow getting involved in the war.
Instead, we got a group that would be the equivalent of Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Princess Leia in the lead roles, without Han Solo or Chewbacca. It really showed.