MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD – Do not read on if you have somehow still not seen ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens!’
For anyone wondering what Harrison Ford thought of the fate of Han Solo on that catwalk toward the end of ‘The Force Awakens,’ fret not, the man was pleased with how it all went down. As many ‘Star Wars’ fans know, Ford has felt that his character should have died ever since they shot ‘Return of the Jedi,’ basically stating that Solo has no mama, no papa, no connection, and dying would have added some drama to the series. This is similar to how he feels now with what happened to Solo in ‘The Force Awakens’ stating:
“I wanted Han Solo to be able to lend some significant emotional weight to the story.”
Which he clearly did, as the ramifications of Han Solo’s death are sure to be addressed in ‘Episode VIII,’ not only by Leia and Luke, his friends from the Original Trilogy, but also by Rey who saw Han as a kind of father figure, and also by Kylo Ren, for though he was responsible for the death of his father, he also appeared to feel some conflict about the matter. Unlike in ‘Return of the Jedi’ though, Han did have some connections to others in this installment, as he and Leia are the parents to Kylo Ren, and were clearing trying to recover from their son’s fall to the Dark side, and scheming to find a way to return him to the light. Therefore, his death was doubly impactful, as he died trying to save his son, and now we know the quest to redeem the sole of Kylo Ren will pass to Leia and Rey, and potentially Luke, all of whom will have to do so in the shadow of the knowledge that Ren killed his father. How’s that for adding emotional weight and gravitas to the story?
What are your thoughts on the franchise losing Han Solo (never mind the Han Solo origin movie coming out in a few years)? Do you think they will find a way to bring him back, or is he really, truly gone? Do you agree with Ford that the movies needed that kick to make them more serious, to raise the stakes? Share your opinions on the matter in the comments below!