Aftermath: Life Debt will reveal what Han Solo and Chewbacca did after Return of the Jedi

The next book in the Aftermath trilogy will fill in some of the gaps in the story of Han Solo and his first mate.

There seems to be some nods to the old Expanded Universe canon here, as the old EU Han and Chewbacca first meet on an Empire slave ship when Solo was an Imperial pilot. Solo boards a derelict slaving craft to find that its cargo of Wookiee children had escaped with a wounded Chewbacca in the pilot’s seat. Han is ordered to skin the helpless Chewbacca, but refuses. The duo escape punishment, with the assistance of the Rebel Alliance. Chewbacca then had sworn a Life Debt to Han and wouldn’t leave his side.

But how will Han and Chewbacca story play out in the new canon? There’s been rumours that the plot of the upcoming Han Solo film will tell the story of how Han and Chewie met. The next book in the Aftermath series is called ‘Life Debt’, and the cover has a picture of the Falcon on, so they’re clearly drawing some parallels here.

Entertainment Weekly recently game some insight into the plot:

The galaxy is changing, and with peace now a possibility, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiees’ home world of Kashyyyk.

Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of rebels pursue Admiral Rae Sloane and the remaining Imperial leadership across the galaxy. Sloane, increasingly wary of the mysterious fleet admiral, desperately searches for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. Even as Imperial forces fight to regain lost ground, Princess Leia and the New Republic seek to broker a lasting peace.

But the rebel’s hunt for Admiral Sloane is cut short after the disappearance of Han Solo and Chewbacca. Desperate to save them, Leia conscripts Norra, Sinjir, Jas, and the rest of their team to find the missing smugglers and help them in their fight for freedom.

What would you like to see Han and Chewbacca get upto in Life Debt? The first Aftermath book got mixed reviews, but the trilogy of novels has been noted as key to linking the original trilogy and the new films, so we’re excited to see what the next book has to offer.

Aftermath: Life Debt will be released on July 19, 2016

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