Han Solo’s Fatal Mistake

“It's not time to make a change
Just relax, take it easy
You're still young, that's your fault
There's so much you have to know”

– “Father and Son” by Cat Stevens

Han's fatal mistake

Let's go back to that conversation Han Solo and Ben had in The Force Awakens – the one they were having on the Star Killer base just before Ben murdered his own father. It was two conversations happening at the same time, though only one party understood that.

We're not going to call it a confrontation, but this fraught union was an all-stakes, all-in kind of game of Sabbac for Han. He perhaps just didn't realize what was at stake. Perhaps he thought the stake was losing his only son forever, rather than the stake being his own life, which meant he made a fatal mistake when he gambled.

When Han stepped out and yelled “Ben,” we knew it was on. By naming his son Ben, Han and Leia had accepted that their son Kylo Ren has a history that could not be ignored. He was a Skywalker, after all, and the grandson of Anakin Skywalker. It does not matter if his last name was Solo or Organa. All that matters is that they both loved their son and when Han went to him, he went purely as a father. He didn't go as a man who had fought Ben's grandfather many times and contributed in an indirect manner to his death.

han solo and kylo ren
Image Courtesy of Lucasfilm

When Kylo asks his father for help, it seems as though Han misunderstood what was being asked of him. He assumes that Kylo is seeking his help to return to the light side of the Force. As a viewer, we are pushed in this direction. The sun is about to lose its light as its energy is drawn into the Star Killer weapon. The contrasts of blue and red which reflect both sides of the Force are shadowed around Kylo Ren. It's the big moment of the movie. We know that Kylo is clearly torn but it's not until he stabs his father through the chest that we realize he really is torn about being conflicted about letting the light of the Force into his heart and soul. Kylo Ren really wants to be the bad guy.

We know Kylo is torn as he has spoken with Snoke who has told him he's about to face a pretty big test.  But Han Solo does not know this. He thinks he's connecting with the Prodigal Son, the one who went off to party with the bad crowd but has now sought his way home and needs some help from Dad to make sure mom is not going to smack him when he gets him.

Han fatally says he'll do anything for him, doing anything for love, but probably not expecting to die at the hands of his son. Even when he has had a red saber through his heart, Han lovingly strokes his son's cheek and looks at him. He gambled and lost, not knowing Ren was playing a different game of poker.

Ren's “Thank you” to his father as he falls is brutal. And unbelievably sad.

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