Let’s face it, Han Solo was our favorite character in the original Star Wars Trilogy. The kids just lit up whenever they saw his face on the screen. However, there’s this idea that Han Solo should have been killed in The Empire Strikes Back. And what’s even more intriguing is that Harrison Ford believes the same too!
Harrison Ford wanted Solo dead for years
In an interview on Late Night host Conan O’Brien, Ford opened up about how he wanted Han Solo dead by the third film. He said:
It was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… I thought the best utility of the character would be for him to sacrifice himself to a high ideal and give a little bottom, a little gravitas to the enterprise, not that there wasn’t some already but I just wanted in on some part of it. That was at the occasion of filming the third film of the original three.
What’s interesting is that Harrison Ford isn’t the only one to say that. A lot of reviewers and critics believe the same, and here’s why they think so.
Should Han Solo have survived?
Ford wasn’t the only one who held similar opinions about Solo. In Cosmonaut Variety Hour’s review of Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, he made quite a compelling case for it.
Firstly, Han Solo dying by the end of The Empire Strikes Back would have perfectly concluded his arc. He started off as a moronic and selfish pilot trying to fulfill his debt and ended up giving up his life for the cause of the rebellion.
Moreover, it would have saved us from the absolute worst depiction of Han Solo in Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi. In that film, Solo was so disjointed and not at all like how he was in the previous two films. He was unsure of himself, not witty, dumb, and actually boring. Some of his actions didn’t even make any sense! For instance, after staying in a cryogenically frozen state for years, he so easily decided to trust Lando Calrissian, even though he was the reason he was frozen for years. And he didn’t have any way to find out that Lando had made up with the rest of the crew. He even trusted him with the Millennium Falcon! That hunk of junk was his most prized possession.
Therefore, with this analysis, it’s safe to say that Han Solo should have died in The Empire Strikes Back. It would have elevated him onto legendary status in the Star Wars universe. George Lucas really missed out on it.