Spoiler alert: This article will discuss plot details from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you haven't seen the movie and still want to enter that theater fresh, now is the time to turn back and escape.
Look, I'll even throw in a huge video to give you extra time to flee.
Okay, now that it's just us, let's get into it.
One of the most devastating moments in The Force Awakens occurs atop that fateful bridge in the Starkiller Base, when father and son come together with the hope of reaching some kind of resolution. I'm talking, of course, about Han Solo and Kylo Ren (formerly Ben Solo) and a scene that gave me a glimmer of hope that Kylo might return to the side of the light.
Actually, as that climactic scene progressed, my mind was doing backflips in an attempt to steer clear of the inevitable. It raced from "A father's love can still save a son!" to "Kylo is going to have to kill him!" before the ultimate blow happens. Kylo gives in to the dark side and kills his father, eliminating one of the most beloved characters in cinematic history.
But wait, is that really the end of Han Solo?
I thought this was a pretty definitive and appropriate demise for such an important figure in the Star Wars universe. However, people are questioning whether or not that was truly the end of Han. So, I think it's important to tackle this question once and for all.
Yep, Han is gone
Like I said, I thought this was pretty obvious, but here's my thinking: Han was impaled by a lightsaber through his abdomen. That's enough to kill a Jedi, so already hopes aren't high. Then, he falls down a seemingly infinite canyon into the dark abyss below. Again, rarely does that end in a speedy recovery.
I'm not sure if people thought we'd get a Darth Maul-esque Spider-Han (which, admittedly, would have been awesome), but I think he's the rare exception to the "falling to your death" trope.
After his descent, the Starkiller Base collapses
If the ever-resourceful Han was able to survive his temperamental son and a tragic fall, he probably didn't make it after the team blows up the base. In fact, Chewie is the one that flips the switch to trigger the bombs, and there is no way in hell he would do that if there was even a remote possibility that Han was alive.
Leia reacted as soon as she felt Han slip away
Immediately after Han's death, we see General Organa clutching her heart and feeling a shift. The Force-sensitive love of Han's life is clearly aware that he is gone, and I felt like this quick scene was proof that this death was not one that could be rectified later.
Lastly, J.J. Abrams confirmed it
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Abrams admitted that bringing on a new big bad meant upping the stakes. And, what better way to prove that this new guy's a real contender than to have him kill one of the franchise's classic characters?
“Star Wars had the greatest villain in cinema history. So, how you bring a new villain into that world is a very tricky thing. We knew we needed to do something f—king bold. The only reason why Kylo Ren has any hope of being a worthy successor is because we lose one of the most beloved characters."
So, case closed. Han's dead, and it's okay to cry about it.
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)