There have been a lot of debates over the last centuries if Han Solo should have died in ROTJ. I always thought it would have been a very bad decision to kill him off in ROTJ, because it could have overshadowed Darth Vader's death for some audiences, although Vader's death was much more important for the story. However, if they had him killed in TESB instead of carbonized I think it could have been really good. It would have been a really dark ending to TESB and led to a extremely desperate situation. The heroes would have felt loss. And it could have provided "food" for a more active Leia in ROTJ and given her motivation to confront Vader at Luke's side. The way it is now, I just think Han gets useless by the time of TESB and doesn't really serve any purpose except that he's the one who keeps Leia on Endor basically, which is not a good thing imo. And his death would solve one of my main problems with ROTJ: the (much too long) rescue of Han Solo. So what do you think? (btw Are threads of that kind allowed?