Speaking at the Saskatoon Comic and Entertainment Expo, Carrie Fisher enumerated her beliefs as to why the greatest science fiction romance ever somehow crumbled after Return of the Jedi. It seems Han Solo was unable to change his less-than-clean-cut ways even after settling down. He continued to hang out with “the hairy guy” and engage in illegal activities for money.
“You don’t want your husbands smuggling, do you?” Fisher said, adding bawdily, “He wouldn’t take me on that hyperspace thing enough… that’s a euphemism.”
While Fisher is obviously joking around a little bit, there is something to her analysis. The Force Awakens didn’t give us a settled-down Han Solo who had grown out of his irresponsible bad habits. If anything, the Han of The Force Awakens is in even more dangerous debt than Han in The Empire Strikes Back.
If we’re being more generous to Han, we could argue that the real reason Han and Leia broke up probably had to do with anger and sadness over the loss of their son Ben, to the dark side. Perhaps Han was on the straight-and-narrow in terms of employment prior to Ben’s betrayal of Luke. But, after Ben started calling himself Kylo and got into murder, Han probably had a breakdown and went back to hanging out with Chewbacca and doing illegal stuff a little bit more than he had before. It also stands to reason that a depressed Han would be less interested in sex.
Still, it’s interesting to think that Han and Leia might have had regular problems prior to Ben going to the dark side. Though, if Leia really believed that Chewbacca was a bad influence on Han, we’re going to have to disagree. From everything we’ve seen, Chewie is Han’s Jiminy Cricket, the only person preventing Han himself from turning into a total degenerate.