Warning: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Harrison Ford is currently enjoying a reunion tour of sorts with some of his most famous characters, having reprised his role as Han Solo in last year’s long-awaited Star Wars: The Force Awakens and most recently confirmed that he’ll be playing Indiana Jones for a 5th time. While we’ll still have to wait a few years to see the 73-year-old actor put on the iconic fedora again, most viewers are still reeling from his final outing as the pilot of the Millennium Falcon, as Han Solo was infamously killed off in the climax of The Force Awakens.
Ford has made no secret in the past about his desire to see the character killed off, but it still came as quite a shock when The Force Awakens actually went through with it. Now, Ford has doubled back on his previous comments that he wanted Solo killed off because he was bored with the character, instead arguing that it presented the perfect emotional launching point for the new Star Wars trilogy.
During a fan Q&A with EW’s Tumblr recently, Ford had the following response to a question about Han Solo’s death scene:
“I think it’s a fitting use of the character. I’ve been arguing for Han Solo to die for about 30 years, not because I was tired of him or because he’s boring, but his sacrifice for the other characters would lend gravitas and emotional weight.”
It’s difficult to argue with Ford’s reasoning, especially considering how the scene plays out in the film, with Solo’s own son Kylo Ren being the one responsible for the death. It’s a character death that fans will be talking about for years and will definitely cast a shadow over the events of the next few films in the franchise. We’re sad to see Han Solo go, but happy that Harrison Ford finally got his wish granted after more than 30 years.
(via: Screen Rant)