With the novelization for Solo: A Star Wars Story hitting stores next month, StarWars.com has released a trio of excerpts from author Mur Lafferty's text that fills in some details that the movie didn't have time to get into.
One excerpt elaborates on what happened to Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) after she was captured, just as she was about to escape Corellia. Another ties Enfys Nest into the larger Star Wars universe. But the one that explains what happened to firebrand droid L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) is perhaps the most interesting.
In the film, L3 leads a droid revolt on the planet Kessel, but is tragically gunned down before reaching the Millennium Falcon. Lando (Donald Glover) carries her remains onboard and uploads her consciousness to the Falcon in a desperate attempt to save her.
"She's part of the ship now," said Lando, as L3 was then able to use her navigational know-how to chart a shortcut through the Kessel Run.
The novel takes a look at how things happened from the droid's perspective. After L3 wakes up, she's aware she no longer has the body she's used to, and now has to deal with being able to see and hear everything going on in the Falcon at all times. She's then greeted by the Falcon itself, who speaks in images and binary while trying to convince the droid that being a ship "isn't so bad" before giving her a rather... grim choice: "If you refuse, you die. He dies. The others on the ship, they all die. If you join with us, we all can live. The choice is simple."
After proclaiming she was "tricked" by the Falcon into assimilating, the ship then explains that it's no longer just the Falcon, just as she's no longer just L3.
It echoes a sentiment posted by the Star Wars Twitter account back in May, which read "MilL3nnium Falcon," which also suggests the droid has become part of the ship's larger consciousness.
So, the Millennium Falcon that we came to know and love in the classic trilogy is, in fact, a mixture of L3's consciousness with the ship itself. Which doesn't necessarily make the whole thing any less tragic than what Solo depicted on-screen. Still, it's nice to know that L3 lives on in some form. Sort of.