LOS ANGELES, Dec 22 — If you haven’t watched “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, we highly recommend that you close this window and not read further as there are major spoilers ahead courtesy of director JJ Abrams.
It what can only be described as an emotionally charged scene, we saw Kylo Ren kill his father Han Solo with a lightsaber to the chest in the movie and many have questioned it.
Abrams recently addressed the decision to include this scene in an interview with Entertainment Weekly saying: “Long before we had this title, the idea of The Force Awakens was that this would become the evolution of not just a hero, but a villain. And not a villain who was the finished, ready-made villain, but someone who was in process.
“Star Wars had the greatest villain in cinema history. So, how you bring a new villain into that world is a very tricky thing. We knew we needed to do something f**king bold. The only reason why Kylo Ren has any hope of being a worthy successor is because we lose one of the most beloved characters.”
But guess what, this wasn’t the initial plan: Another main character was supposed to die and Han Solo was originally supposed to live to see Episode VIII.
“In my early drafts, my thinking was we had to bridge the end of Return of the Jedi to what happens in this movie, and we didn’t want everybody to start off all together. We wanted them to be spread all throughout the galaxy.
“We came up with a backstory that Luke had a pupil who turned against him and fought him, and killed all the other pupils, and that was a thing that exploded the family and destroyed Han and Leia’s relationship.”
“I had thought Han’s story and Leia’s story was just about them coming back together. At the end of the movie they would have reconciled and gotten over their differences. And you would have said, ‘Okay, bad stuff happened, but at least they’re back together again. J.J. rightly asked, ‘What is Han doing in this movie?’
“If we’re not going to have something important and irreversible happen to him, then he kind of feels like luggage. He feels like this great, sexy piece of luggage you have in your movie. But he’s not really evolving. He’s not really pushing the story forward.”
Abrams feels like this was the right decision to make for this film, and for the future of the franchise: “[Han Solo’s death is] this massive trade=off. How can we possible do that!? But… if we hadn’t done that, the movie wouldn’t have any guts at all. It felt very dangerous.”