Congratulations if you’ve made it this far. Now, obviously when talking about Kylo Ren’s (Adam Driver) actions, what’s really meant is the death of Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and in particular, why Ren killed his father. By now, many of you may have already put some of the pieces together. But here it is from the director, himself, J.J. Abrams. During the post-screening Q&A for the Writer’s Guild of America, Abrams explains why Kylo did what Kylo did.
“Star Wars had the greatest villain in cinema history. So, how you bring a new villain into that world is a very tricky thing,” Abrams told the crowd. “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.”
To call the moment “bold” is an understatement. The moment Han calls out to Ren on the bridge, you knew something bad was going to happen. And the way Han said his real name – it was like all those times when you did something bad and your parent would call you by your full name.
“‘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.’ Abrams continued, ‘It’s this massive tradeoff [Han Solo’s death]. 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.'”
Thinking back on the scene, if Han Solo hadn’t died in the film, this would have been a much different movie., It would not have made the same impact if Han had lived. Who can forget that moment when Ren takes his helmet off, tells his father of his struggles, and then asks him for help? Seeing his son in such a vulnerable state, of course Han is going to help. And then that moment when Ren drives the lightsaber through his father’s chest, the look on Han’s face and that split second where he’s able to touch his son’s face one last time before falling to his death…who’s cutting onions right now?
Source: Entertainment Weekly