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The dramatic finale of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens took a lot of fans by surprise. After all this time, we got to see Leia Organa and Han Solo's child... only for him to follow the weird family tradition of bumping off his father.
Or did he? Did Han... 'shoot first'?
Imgur/Star Wars fan ItsJarJarBinks has an interesting theory about Kylo Ren killing his father, stating that it wasn't murder... it was Han Solo's sacrifice.
I think Han is [the] one who activated the lightsaber, not Ben.
Kylo: "I know what I have to do but I don't know if I have the strength to do it... will you help me"
Han: "Yes, anything."
Kylo pulls out his lightsaber [and] holds it in both hands. Han reaches down [to] grasp the center of it. We just see their faces but notice they aren't struggling. Lightsaber activates and goes through Han, Kylo looks startled for a moment and says "thank you." Han touches his son's face and falls into the abyss.
Kylo/Ben journey to the dark side required him to kill his father. Han knew this and knew Snoke would kill his son if he failed this task. By Han activating the lightsaber himself Kylo can still go back to Snoke and report that the deed is done... but the fact that it wasn't really him that killed his father ensures there will always be a smidge of light left in him that can never be snuffed out. Thus... eventually... Han's sacrifice will succeed in his promise to bring their son home.
This theory would certainly paint Han as a more intelligent character... the idea that you can turn up and have a nice talk with a man who's just committed the genocide of an entire planet and he'll come home to mommy just seemed way too naive. I'm also not sure of the argument that, by not killing his father, Kylo retains a 'smidge of light'; surely the killing of millions of innocent people has already blackened his heart beyond repair?
Harrison Ford himself is on Team Sacrifice — although he wanted Han Solo to kick the bucket in Return of the Jedi! — telling Cinema Blend:
"I thought the best utility of [Han Solo] would be for him to sacrifice himself to a high ideal and give a little bottom, a little gravitas to the enterprise, not that there wasn’t some already but I just wanted in on some part of it. That was at the third occasion of filming the original three."
So... what do you guys think? Did Kylo kill his father, or did Han sacrifice himself?