Six Reasons Those Han Solo Fan Theories Are Definitely False

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 5:42PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 5:42PM
Six Reasons Those Han Solo Fan Theories Are Definitely False

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens follow!


I mean, I don't know if it really counts as a spoiler at this point, but here goes: in case you didn't know, Han Solo dies at the end of The Force Awakens. Han is an integral part of the Star Wars universe, and with that comes fans who believe he's still alive. No one was sadder than me over his death in The Force Awakens, but even I can't deny the hard-and-fast evidence that he did, in fact, die. As much as I hate to even think my favorite Star Wars character is dead, the evidence is solid. Here's a list of facts that poke holes in those crazy fan theories: 

It was written in the stars

Harrison Ford has wanted Han to die since A New Hope. This is no secret! He felt it was the right direction in which to take the character, and would make more of an impact. Ford was right about that. Han's death impacted every Star Wars fan. Harrison probably had a hand in killing off Han in The Force Awakens, so it's very unlikely that Han Solo would be alive after all that. 

His death scene was not ambiguous

Despite Luke and Darth Maul surviving similar falls, Han fell while Starkiller base was being destroyed. It seemed all-too-easy that Han was alive even after we watched him fall to the depths of Starkiller base. However, taking into account the timing of Han being stabbed and falling in correlation to the destruction of the base, it is very unlikely that Han was somehow rescued. Some fan theories say that Han could have been picked up by the First Order or by Kylo, but let's be honest! After Han falls, Chewbacca shoots Kylo and then detonates the bombs he and Han placed around the base. Based on this sequence alone, it is impossible that anyone, let alone the First Order or Kylo, rescued Han. 

Leia did not foresee Han's death


Many fans on the internet think that Leia had foreseen Han's death, so she must have had some plan in effect to counteract Han dying. Well, there's really no proof—or even evidence—to support that she did. Leia has always had "feelings," but never actually predicted anything. No one knows for sure what Leia learned of the Force between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, but it's a bit of a stretch to say she knew what was going to happen. If she did in fact possess foresight, then why send Han to bring home their son, if she knew the outcome?

Kylo did not fake Han's death


Yes Kylo was struggling with the light and dark sides of the Force, but he knew he needed to solidify his role as a Sith, and that meant killing his father. Some say Kylo bent his lightsaber around Han to make it look like he killed him, but this is preposterous. We clearly see the lightsaber through Han's torso, and then pulled from it. I think it's safe to assume that Kylo meant to kill Han, and did just that.

Captain Phasma was not even close to being involved

There was no way Han ended up in the trash compactor with Captain Phasma. I'm not sure how anyone came up with this theory, but it's very far-fetched. Where they left Phasma and where they detonated the bombs were two completely different places on Starkiller base. 

Cast lists don't really mean anything

The character being listed as part of the cast on film sites isn't solid intel. We all know how much every aspect of Star Wars is kept secret, but just because we see Harrison Ford/Han Solo listed in future Star Wars films doesn't mean it's actually true. For all we know, Han Solo may be mentioned in memory or flashback. It's even possible that we may just hear Han's voice. Unless he's coming back in the form of a Force Ghost, I highly doubt we see Han alive and kicking in Star Wars Episode VIII.
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