The highlight, and probably the most upsetting scene, of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was between Han Solo and his son, Kylo Ren.
Spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen the seventh installment of the franchise
In the movie, Kylo gives in to the dark side and kills his father. This means “Star Wars” has lost one of the most beloved characters in movie history and it devastated fans. Many don’t believe what just happened and are still asking – is Han really dead?
Director J.J. Abrams confirmed that Han, played by Harrison Ford for decades, is really dead.
At a post-screening Q&A for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the Writers Guild of America, Abrams discussed the creation of a monster character, Kylo Ren, and why Han needs to die, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Abrams explained that to create a character that “Star Wars” fans would hate and fear, they made the hard choice to kill off someone who also made a mark in the mind of the public.
“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.”
Abrams admitted that killing Han was a tough decision to make.
“It’s this massive tradeoff. How can we possibly do that!? But… if we hadn’t done that, the movie wouldn’t have any guts at all. It felt very dangerous.”
The director added that before they decided the title for “Star Wars” episode seven, the idea of “The Force Awakens” was that they are creating an evolution of villain rather than just a new villain.
Meanwhile, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” so far grossed $238 million in North America and recorded $517 million in ticket sales worldwide. It is still showing in theaters worldwide.