One of the things which strike me about the “Legacy Of The Force” era of the Expanded Universe is the reluctance to kill off the Original Trilogy characters. Jacen Solo is now 40 ish? He’s a fully grown man. Han was about 30 in SW4, add another 8 or 9 to the Thrawn Trilogy where Jacen was born…..and you have a man close to 80…..yet he’s still being treated like a young-ish middle aged man for the action.
These characters are not immortal. They have to die at some point. The “New Jedi Order” series killed off Chewbacca and Anakin…..personally I was stunned at both because they were central characters on the hero’s side…..but since then, nothing.
They had to bring a moon down on Chewbacca……a mighty heroic death. Admiral Ackbar provided the pivotal plan to win the war against the Yuuzhan Vong as his swan song, and passed away peacefully. Anakin led a crazy mission to Mrkkr and went out in a blaze of glory. The more heroic the character, the more memorable the death. How will Han, Leia or Luke die?
Since the prequels we think nothing of Mace Windu or Qui Gon Jinn being dead because we have a different generation of heros……yet the same applies one generation along. So why are the writers trying to hold back time?
Star Wars is an action based universe wrapped around galactic politics with constant wars and new wonders as new species are discovered (by the readers). A lot of the action revolves around the military or Force users. War is a young persons game…..there is a new Order of Jedi Knights with people like Jaina who were not born during Han, Leia, Luke and Chewbacca’s finest hours, but are now fully grown adults……give them their limelight.
The Boba Fett / Han Solo combo in Bloodlines didn’t quite sit with me due to the ages of the characters and what they did. I just couldn’t picture it. Given these characters have lived their entire lives running from one crazy war to the next, with thousands of close shaves, injuries, captures and rescues…..they are survivors, but their bodies are also only mortal. At some point their luck has to run out.
Who will be the brave writer who kills Luke Skywalker? He has been the pivotal hero for so long, and beaten so diverse and powerful enemies before, what or who finally gets him? The convention of storytelling is that the threat and danger must always rise, and be worthy of an ending. If something minor kills him, it will be an anti-climax because of what he’s faced in his past and beaten……so to avoid it being an anti-climax it must be bigger than he’s faced before…..which is going to be quite a feat if they keep him going too long.
Or the writers can keep him going until he’s an old man and his reactions are not what they were, so that something on the same level to what we’ve seen before gets the killing blow. Personally I can see it being Jacen Solo….his storyline has intrigued me since the “New Jedi Order” novels, especially “Traitor” by Mathew Stover. His role as a mature Jedi in the “Legacy Of The Force” novels is increasingly breathtaking.