Re: Han Solo...(Possible Spoilers)
At this point, it's presumptive to assume that Episode VII will pass the torch, or that Han's role will be shoehorned in, or anything. Right now, for all we know, Han could legitimately figure into events as one of the major players in the Alliance/New Republic.
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