It’s sixth months on from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and we’re only now starting to move past the events of JJ Abrams’ blockbuster sensation. The death of Han Solo cut us deep, as it did all fans, and it looks as though the emotional impact of that sequence will be sorely felt by the central characters in Episode VIII.

Solo was brutally murdered by his own son Kylo Ren as Chewbacca watched on with Rey and Finn. All three characters were understandably torn apart by what they saw, meaning there will be a significant emotional heft in Rian Johnson’s upcoming sequel, according to actress Daisy Ridley (who plays Rey).

“You probably have a bigger emotional reaction than reading a newspaper and just seeing facts and figures [because] instead you see someone’s life play out, their soul, and the way they react and respond to the world around them,” Ridley explained in a recent interview.

“If everybody puts a piece of themselves into Han Solo and Han Solo dies – in the cinema, where it’s dark – you can express it, and it alleviates some of the pain,” Ridley added via Cinema Blend.

The galaxy may never be the same without the heroic exploits of Han and his buddy Chewie – and there may even be a funeral scene at the start of the movie, just to rip your heart out even more.

If that’s the case, we’d expect Rey may not be present for the funeral, seeing that she will most likely be tied up in the depths of her Jedi training with Luke Skywalker over on Ahch-To. Then again, she did take the Millennium Falcon and Chewie with her and it’s inconceivable that the Wookie would miss his best friend’s send-off.

Star Wars Episode VIII has wrapped filming the Ahch-To sequences featuring Rey and Luke in Ireland and has commenced production in Pinewood Studios, London. The movie will blast into cinemas December 15, 2017.