Sometimes, age-old debates can be fun. Rivalries, fan theories and endless forum posts can provide for hours of entertainment, or at least a certain amount of time not entirely wasted. But when it comes to the death of the bounty hunter Greedo in A New Hope, there's one argument that simply will not die -- unfortunately. In the more recent edits, Greedo is shown to shoot first by just a hair of a second, before Han avoids the shot and takes him out.
Despite settling it once before, Star Wars creator George Lucas had another little tidbit of information to share. Since the guy has been purposefully disconnected from the internet since the year 2000, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt; he couldn't have known that when you give the fans a little bait, we'll bite and create the wildest of fan theories.
In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Lucas gave some behind-the-scenes insight on the decision to make Han shoot first.
Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, ‘Should he be a cold-blooded killer? ... Because I was thinking mythologically — should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne? And I said, ‘Yeah, he should be John Wayne.’ And when you’re John Wayne, you don’t shoot people [first] — you let them have the first shot. It’s a mythological reality that we hope our society pays attention to.
The long and short of it is: Greedo couldn't be that close to Han without hitting him dead-on -- and the only major reason that Lucas didn't want Han to come off as though he were anything less than a potential hero. Also interesting is the slight implication that Han and Leia were meant to be together from the start, but hey, that's me reading too deeply into my favorite fictional couple.
The next chapter to the epic saga, [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) hits theaters on December 18th.