We have been speculating on what might be shown in the first teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as when that footage might be shown. That conversation has distracted us from analyzing the latest in spoilery plot rumors, but a massive bombshell of an announcement caught us with such a roundhouse that we had to pick it apart and discuss… even though we’re devouring it with the requisite grains of salt. You really don’t want to be spoiled on this, folks, so stop reading now if you’d like to go into The Force Awakens with the purest of hearts.
Still here? Oh man, OK. Here it goes. Star Wars 7 News has stumbled on a story that they think spells out the conclusion to Abrams’ movie. This could be true. It likely is bogus. But the site is going on record to say that a major character – and a beloved icon of our childhood – is going to die at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens… and that their death is going to catapult the action for parts 8 and 9. Who is it? Han Solo.
The site breaks down reports from various sources that initially talked about Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) biting the dust at the end of The Force Awakens. Now they are reversing course to say that it’s Han who dies – killed by Luke in a fit of rage. Han supposedly is trying to protect Adma Driver’s character. And according to SW7News, with his dying breath, Han will beg Luke to spare Driver’s life – a decision that the Jedi will come to regret, because the Force has "awakened" in Driver’s character, and he’s as evil as they come. This means that Driver’s character allegedly will become the bad guy in the next two Star Wars movies. It also means that Harrison Ford will have received his wish, to die on screen in a Star Wars movie and to have Han get killed off, heroically.
The rumor extends with a few other juicy details. According to this, Driver will be playing the son of Han Solo, and his new anger will stem from Luke killing his "daddy." They also talk about the image of the mangled, cloaked villain holding the broken face plate of Darth Vader, and suggest that this will be the final shot in the movie.
Could this be true? Sure. Is it true? No one knows, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. The story on the site comes from an anonymous source, and while it hits on certain rumors that we have been hearing over the past few months, I would imagine that there are mountains of misdirection coming out of the Force Awakens production offices.
The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens could be coming in the next few weeks. Maybe some of this will be cleared up by then.