Bring Me the Head of Han Solo

To save Han Solo, J.J. Abrams must kill Han Solo

And because of the return of the original cast.

Don't squander this opportunity to restore balance to the force, J.J. Abrams. The last thing the tarnished Star Wars brand needs now is another bored and noncommittal Harrison Ford performance. (If he wants to walk on and transform into a werewolf, like he did in Anchorman 2, that'd be fine.) The pattern set by the first two trilogies is that in the first chapter, a mentor is sacrificed: Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope, Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace. In fact, Qui-Gon's slaying by Darth Maul, and the thrilling lightsaber duel surrounding it — more athletic than the one in Empire — is one of only a handful of scenes in the entire seven-hour prequel trilogy that achieves any emotional heft. The big Obi-Wan vs. Anakin fight two movies later, wherein Anakin sustains the injuries that will result in his rebirth as that mouth-breathing cyborg Darth Vader, needed to feel exponentially more dire than that earlier melee, given its significance in the saga. It didn't.

But then, Anakin lived — in the literal sense, anyway. And death is powerful. Especially in a genre where it's so rare and reversible.


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"The pattern set by the first two trilogies is that in the first chapter, a mentor is sacrificed: Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope, Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace."

I think you just undercut your own argument that Solo has to die.  It's Luke that has to die for the "mentor" character to die in Ep VII and for the new generation of heroes to be forced (sorry) to find their own way (if they're still using Campbell's monomyth as their guide).  Luke would be the mentor to the younger generation of Jedi, not Solo.

Solo dying would probably get Ford what he wants (and it would probably tug at the heartstrings of us geezers who loved the original trilogy to see a character who started out only looking out for himself die for his family), but for story purposes, Luke needs to die so the younger ones can come into their own.


@mrbowers Meh. That's probably how I'd feel about a Han death scene. The Falcon, on the other hand...


He won´t die. He will be the head of the Rebel Alliance. Period.

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I actually heard one if his conditions is that he DOESN'T die.


@nancipants (Personally, I imagine the only reason Ford agreed to come back was that Abrams promised to kill him)


@nancipants Curious what it says about you/the franchise that you're more emotionally invested in a ship than a character. ;)


@mrbowers I wouldn't be surprised, and maybe that's why it wouldn't affect me very much.


@mrbowers To be fair, most fans are way more attached to Han than I am! But if Luke died, you'd have to carry me out of the theatre.


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