Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be the proper franchise follow-up for which rabid fans have been waiting since back in the days when Kajagoogoo and Spandau Ballet were climbing the Billboard charts. A fresh director in J.J. Abrams will finally be bringing the band back together, firing up the Millennium Falcon, and hopefully working out any engine kinks that would disqualify the iconic vessel from repeating anything below the high standard of a 12 parsec Kessel Run.

Luke, Leia, Han Chewie, R2 and 3PO are all ready to reprise their parts and show that aging only slows down nursing home nerfherders. However, if there’s one thing that we’ve learned about the Star Wars universe, is that for all its vastness with myriads of planets and star systems, it’s also of a small world for our characters and we often run into connections that the push the limits of coincidence. (That would be because of The Force, right?) Thus, we are a little more than reasonably sure that our main group of classic heroes won’t be the only familiar faces we’ll encounter by the time Force rouses itself to lucidity on December 18. Keeping in mind that all the things that occurred in Expanded Universe novels and comics have been rendered non-canon by new owners, Disney, here are five other folks that we think we’ll be encountering.

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5. General Veers
The man who lead the snowy attack on the Rebel base on the planet Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back, Veers was ruthless and efficient. Played by Julian Glover, who is currently killing it as the manipulative, sycophantic Grand Maester Pycelle on Game of Thrones, the idea that Veers might still be out there in the sequel era is not all that outrageous. Besides, his loyalty to the Lannisters must be superseded by any recall to active duty by the remnants of the Galactic Empire. Interestingly enough, Veers and his squad of AT-AT Walkers carried out what would be the Empire’s ONLY successful military campaign in the entire Original Trilogy! How can we not get him back?

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