Carrie Fisher Explains Why Han and Leia’s Marriage Didn’t Work

By September 25, 2016

Arguably one of the biggest surprises from Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the revelation that the romance between galactic smuggler Han Solo and rebel leader Leia Organa didn’t work out. Fans of the original trilogy likely assumed it would be “happily ever after,” but somewhere along the way things fell apart, and film makes it clear they’ve been estranged for quite some time.

While The Force Awakens never goes out of its way to explore what happened to split them apart, Carrie Fisher – who reprised her role for Episode VII – has her own theories about what happened. During an appearance at the Saskatoon Comic & Entertainer Expo, Fisher participated in an audience Q&A, and offered  up some very candid opinions about Han and Leia’s marriage:

“He smuggled way too much. And girls, I know you don’t want your husband smuggling, do you? [And] hanging out with the hairy guy too often. I think there are a lot of problems with that. He wouldn’t take me on that hyperspace thing enough… [that’s a] euphemism.”

The moderator played along, pointing out that after being married a long time, sometimes “hyperspace” can get a little boring. But as far as Fisher is concerned, that’s no excuse – although she did admit that when a husband isn’t up to the task, “they have robots for that.”

We may never know the canonical reason that Han and Leia went their separate ways, but Fisher’s explanation seems just as reasonable as any other. Perhaps we’ll learn more when Fisher once again returns to the role in next year’s Star Wars: Episode VIII.

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  • Baccar Wozat

    There’s also the possibility that Leia messed around with Luke inbetween episodes 4-5 or 5-6 somewhere. Ray’s parentage has not been fully revealed, and it’s likely going to be a shock.

  • Holly_Wight

    We DO know the canonical reason. Read a book, people. There are several canon novels that outline the time before The Force Awakens.