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4. Shooting First, A New Hope
We first meet Han Solo in a hive of scum and villainy: the Cantina in Mos Eisley Space Port. It’s there that a wide-eyed Luke Skywalker, led by his mentor Ben Kenobi, hire Han to provide them safe passage to the Alderaan system. All we know is that this dude is the captain of a freighter and a self-proclaimed heck of a pilot.
It doesn’t take long for us to see that Han’s talk isn’t cheap. After Luke and Ben depart for Docking Bay 94, Han is greeted by the bounty hunter Greedo. Apparently, Han owes Jabba the Hutt, the local gangster, a large sum of money. Greedo’s here to collect either the money or Solo’s head, sure that either one will win him favor with Jabba.
Realizing there’s no way out, Han shoots Greedo from point-blank range, ending the Rodian’s bounty hunting career. Whether he shot first or second, the fact that he blasted Greedo shows that Han is willing to do anything to survive. He doesn’t seem like the type that would stick his neck out for others without at least a little incentive.
Luckily, Han Solo becomes more of a hero than he likely ever thought he would be. But during that fateful encounter with Greedo in the Mos Eisley Cantina, he’s still just a scoundrel.