3. HAN AND LEIA WEREN’T ESTRANGED WHEN BEN WENT TO THE DARKSIDE
If you think that the relationship of Han and Leia didn’t last long after Return of the Jedi you’d be wrong. Up until about 4 years before the events of The Force Awakens, Han and Leia were still married and Ben Solo was training under Luke Skywalker to be a Jedi. The couple did, however, spend a lot of time apart. Leia served as the Senator of the New Republic, while Han spent time galavanting around the galaxy, taking odd jobs and even became a racing team manager, after resigning his commission right after the battle on Endor. The pair maintained their long lasting relationship for over 2 and a half decades as told in the novel Bloodlines. After it was publicly revealed that Leia was the daughter of Darth Vader, Ben started to turn to the dark side, following in his grandfather’s footsteps. Losing Ben to the dark side is what made Han leave for good and joined back up with Chewie as a smuggler.