Star Wars debate cleared up by Chewbacca

Star Wars scriptFor nearly 40 years Star Wars fans have been debating about a scene in the first film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

In the iconic scene in which Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Obi-Wan (Alec Guinness) meet Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), there is a moment where Han is cornered by a bounty hunter named Greedo.

Greedo threatens to collect on a bounty for Jabba the Hut and is giving Han what appears to be one final moment to live. The next thing you know there is blast of fire at the table and Greedo falls over. Fans have been debating whether or not Greedo or Han shot first.

Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew, took to Facebook this week after a long-lost draft of the original movie was found in a library. He posted the page of the scene in question, which showed not only who shot first, but perhaps even more interesting is the fact that Greedo’s original name was Allen. The script page as seen on Peter Mayhew’s Facebook page highlights the fact that Han shot first.

Technically speaking, there was no second shot at all. Han shot Greedo and killed him. Many debates – some serious, some not so serious – had taken place but now we have a definitive answer, unless Peter Mayhew has the script to the digitally re-mastered, alternative, special edition, limited release, first edition, secret director’s cut from George Lucas. ~Greg Chisholm 

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  1. Chad • June 11, 2015 @ 9:58 AM

    How is this a debate? Lucas changed it in later releases to make Han less “bad”. I always thought Han was practical. He knew Greedo was going to kill him, so he got the drop on him first.

  2. Daryl • June 11, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

    i am more concerned with why Chewie didn’t receive a medal at the end of Episode 4 (Luke and Han received theirs).

    This is important stuff that must be answered…lol

  3. Sue • June 11, 2015 @ 9:50 PM

    Daryl…good point. Why didn’t Chewie get a medal.

  4. ????? • June 11, 2015 @ 9:55 PM

    Honestly guys. I’ve always been a big fan of Star Wars but not to the point of spending time wondering about scenes in the movie. It’s a movie…not real life. It’s interesting that people today, instead of asking and searching answers to the reason to their existence, they now ask questions on little details about movies, such as Star Wars, Star Trek, and so many other fantasy movies.

  5. Janice • June 11, 2015 @ 10:41 PM

    It was changed from the original?

  6. Rommel Luna • June 12, 2015 @ 12:42 AM

    Who said you can’t do both?

  7. Mark • June 12, 2015 @ 9:38 AM

    Who wrote the last line? Gold. Give that guy/girl a raise.

  8. Greedo • June 12, 2015 @ 10:22 AM

    the reason I don’t spend a lot of time pondering the reason for my existence is that I will not find an answer to that question, if there even is one. Star Wars, however, is something I can question. Perhaps the reason to make distance is to have a little fun.

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