The Star Wars fan site Making Star Wars has tracked every step of the production process on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The site has broken a large number of spoilery facts, leaning on sources close to the production. They admit that many need to be taken with a grain of salt, but over time, several of the "rumors" they have reported have been revealed as fact (or, as close to fact as we can actually get before seeing the actual movie in December). The latest one that they dropped, though… it’s massive. You might not want to hear this. For real, turn around now if you do NOT want to read something very spoilery about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, whether it is true or not.
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Are you ready? Many of us have heard that Han Solo (Harrison Ford) will die in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For starters, Ford famously begged George Lucas to kill the character off during the original trilogy, but was told Han had to stick around to complete his arc with Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). Well, from what we hear, the nerfherder finally is going to get his way. Making Star Wars reports that Han Solo will be killed in The Force Awakens, and elaborates to say that the character of Kylo Renn (presumably played by Adam Driver) will be the one who murders the classic movie hero. They even have details about how it will happen, saying that the scene takes place "on the ramparts of The Evil Castle," and that Han is in the scene with Chewbacca, Finn, Rey and the rolling robot, BB-8. Solo allegedly confronts Renn in an attempt to buy time for the others to escape. In this way, the site notes that it’s reminiscent of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s death in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
This line really stands out from the report.
Han Solo is never in a scene after this. Those are the facts.
If Abrams truly kills of Han Solo, that is a ballsy decision that could enrage the Star Wars community, unless it’s handled in an heroic, legendary fashion. The thing about Han Solo is that he’s an iconic character in this universe. But Harrison Ford is long past the days when he could leap around the galaxy like an action star, and bringing him back for Episodes 8 and 9 seems like it would have been a stretch. At the moment, this is a rumor, but it comes from a trusted site, and gels with things we have been hearing for a while. Do you believe it? And is it the right decision to make with this legendary character?