After asking this other question about Han Solo’s personal experience of being frozen in Carbonite, I was wondering: Is there the equivalent of an “expiration date” when it comes to a living creature being frozen in Carbonite?
In the case of Han Solo hanging as a trophy in Jabba’s palace, Jabba didn’t trust care if Han Solo was alive or dead, right? Yeah, maybe Boba Fett would have gotten less of a reward if Han Solo was dead. But Jabba just wanted an actual trophy to display regardless.
But Han Solo’s friends showed up within a relatively short time between the events of The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983) and “unfroze” him, thus saving him from being frozen and in suspended animation; aka: imprisonment.
What if that didn’t happen? What if years, and even decades, passed… What would have happened?
- Would an undamaged Han Solo from The Empire Strikes Back (1980) be freed from imprisonment?
- Or would there simply be a cadaver or pile of gelatenous goo and bones left behind?
Looking for in-universe, canonical explanations; not armchair speculation and theories. If none (currently) exist, legends explanation would suffice. Regardless, please provide references and context.