And what made things even worse was the fact that Han never got to reunite with his old friend Luke Skywalker, who had been in self-imposed exile for years when Han was killed.
Now actor Mark Hamill, who plays Luke, has ripped out fans' hearts even more by sharing a photo of himself sharing a hug with his co-star Harrison Ford, who played Han, on Twitter.
What a Han/Luke reunion might have been like... pic.twitter.com/E6LXnWAwhe- Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 9, 2019
"What a Han/Luke reunion might have been like..." Mark captioned the photo.
The photo was actually taken at Mark Hamill's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, which took place almost exactly a year ago on March 9, 2018 – but the suggestion that this was what fans' could have seen had Han Solo and Luke Skywalker reunited on screen still had fans sobbing:
they deserved to see each other again :(- tgrawb (@skywalkerthrawn) March 9, 2019
DO YOU CARE ABOUT OUR FEELINGS https://t.co/kJzqequUC6- Star Wars Stuff (@starwarstuff) March 9, 2019
Now 70 million people are crying.- Chuck👨🚀Dannon (@ChuckDannon) March 9, 2019
A Luke skywalker and Han solo would've been legendary 😍😘 pic.twitter.com/m7Ly1lku0Y- Kate (@Kateskywa1ker) March 9, 2019
As we say here; we wis robbed. pic.twitter.com/DMRH6pd5c3- It'sMarkHamill (@ItsMarkHamill) March 9, 2019
Thanks for stirring up our feelings again, Mark...
Mark recently spoke about his delight that his late co-star Carrie Fisher, who played General Leia Organa in the franchise, will still be included in the upcoming Episode IX following her death in December 2016.
"Something tells me she'd get a real kick out of the fact she had a hit movie years after she left us," he said. "That was just her."
And he added that it is still very difficult for him to watch his final scene with Carrie in The Last Jedi, which sees Luke saying goodbye to his sister before his face-off with Kylo (Adam Driver).
"When I watch that scene when I say goodbye to her, it takes me out of the movie completely," he said.
"I'd like to think nothing would be better than having her here because she was always fun… She could always make me laugh. I was proud that I could make her laugh. That’s really what it’s all about!"
Star Wars: Episode IX will be released on December 19 in the UK and December 20 in the US.
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