We all know the acronym, RIP, stands for “Rest in Peace,” but in Han Solo’s case, could it mean “Return in Progress?” According to the new fan theory that’s sweeping the web, many fans think there may yet be a chance for our iconic smuggler to return!
It all started when Celebrity Star Wars Fan Kevin Smith tweeted, “If, due to a time travel device or the Force, there’s a plot development that allows Lando to repeat his EMPIRE STRIKES BACK line “There’s still a chance to save, Han!” and get us back to that fateful bridge on Starkiller base? Then I’ll kiss JJ on the mouth. I’ll French him even.” After that tweet, I think JJ might stay away from the ‘Solo Return’ idea just to avoid a kiss from Kevin. That didn’t stop fans from taking the tweet seriously.
Everyone is leading back to the question of, “What kind of tech. was used to operate Starkiller Base.” Writer, Donna Dickens, took the liberty of explaining it for us by stating, “Starkiller Base did not originally drain the sun, it was powered by dark matter. One of the few head scratchers in ‘The Force Awakens’ was how the Starkiller Base actually worked. Was it draining one sun after another and then moving on? How did it shoot a beam across the galaxy in real time? Why did it turn INTO a sun at the end (other than the visual metaphor of the light triumphing over the dark?) Turns out, it was never supposed to be powered by the sun. Situated in one place, messing with science they didn’t understand, the First Order was harvesting dark matter to power their weapon. As the matter congealed to be sucked into the core, the light was supposed to dim. Then, using more science they barely understood, they beamed the concentrated dark matter THROUGH the galaxy instead of across it. Basically, they were ripping holes in time/space. Oh! And the target didn’t explode originally. It turned into a tiny sun.”
In theory, if this is true, it could make time travel in the current Star Wars universe possible. Also, let’s not forget Han Solo wasn’t the first character to fall into some form of pit and miraculously return. Two examples include, Boba Fett and Darth Maul. Boba Fett, eventually escaped the belly of the Sarlacc on Tatooine. Darth Maul, fueled by his hate for Obi-wan, managed to escape Naboo and built mechanical legs of his own. Maul even made appearances in the animated Clone Wars series and in the new Solo: A Star Wars Story movie.
Remember, most of this talk about Han returning is fan theorized and may not happen. I just know if Han does return… Rey is going to have to give back the Millennium Falcon.
Article by: Tim “Gold Leader” Keegan