No doubt someone will suggest killing me by the time I'm doing with this, but... should Han Solo die in Star Wars Episode VII? The death of Han Solo was originally put forward by Harrison Ford for Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Ford thought that Han didn't have anywhere else to go as a character and that killing him would up the stakes of the final battle, but George Lucas decided against it. Ford joked it was because Lucas didn't see a future in "dead Han toys." But now that the character is older and likely going to be in Episode VII, this discussion will surely be revisited.
I would say yes, Han Solo should die in the new movie. Whatever the story ends up being, I like the idea that Han sacrifices himself to save his family. Sacrificing your own life to save others is the most selfless and noble thing a person can do, and it brings the character full circle. When we first met him, he was a cold-hearted, selfish smuggler who was only interested in money. As the original trilogy progressed, Han decided to help the Rebel Alliance, and even found love and a family in the process. To complete the character's arc and give him a great sendoff, I think a heroic death is the best thing to do from a narrative and thematic perspective.
What do you think?