Now that the first showings from the worldwide premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are beginning to let out, we have a major death from the film to report on. Beware MAJOR SPOILERS below…
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Now that a lot of people are returning to their homes, having just watched the worldwide theatrical debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s time to talk about that huge, game changing death that occurred. Again, this is a MAJOR SPOILER, and we are going to give you one more chance to close your computer and step away from the screen, before we proceed any further, especially if you haven’t yet seen The Force Awakens.
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We learned yesterday, from the many, many leaks coming out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that the major death from the film is none other than Han Solo. The events surround Han’s tragic yet heroic death are as follows:
While planting charges to blow-up the First Order’s Starkiller base, Han sees Kylo Ren enter a room. Seeing this as a chance to confront his son — Kylo Ren formerly Ben Solo — Han Solo walks out onto the narrow bridge over a giant chasm. Rey and Finn enter the area above and watch the scene unfold, as does Chewie from below…all eyes are on Father and Son.
Han tells his son (Kylo Ren) that he doesn’t have to do this, and that he can come home with him, back to his mother (Leia). Kylo talks about knowing what to do but he needs Han’s help. Han says that he will help his son, and after some extremely intense back and forth with everyone watching — as well as tense looks between Han and Kylo — Kylo Ren takes out his lightsaber without igniting it.
It’s here that Han seems to be drawing the hilt of the blade toward his chest, almost as if he knew the only way to set his son toward the path of redemption, was to sacrifice himself. Then, Kylo’s saber ignites and pierces Han through the chest; the blade blooming from his back. Rey and Finn scream/yell out, and Chewbacca lets loose a mournful roar.
Han, barely alive, cradles his son’s face in his own hands, before Kylo switches off the saber, and Han’s lifeless body falls from the bridge and down the chasm. Chewie then fires his bowcaster at the First Order troopers in the area, and at Kylo Ren (scoring a hit on Kylo’s side).
So there it is, Harrison Ford finally got his wish, and died at the end of a Star Wars film. It’s too early now, to say how large of an impact Han Solo’s death will have on not only our heroes, but his son Kylo Ren (Ben Solo). Leia felt his death through the Force, and so she knows her estranged husband, the love of her life, is dead and gone. As the General of the Resistance, Leia may seek revenge. Then there’s Chewbacca and his well-known temper. The loyal Wookiee who owed a life-debt to Han Solo, may decide to go on a murderous revenge seeking rampage.
Ultimately — and this is what I am personally hoping for — is that Han’s death serves as the turning point in Kylo Ren’s life. That it sets Kylo on the path of redemption, toward the Light.