Warning: contains spoilers for Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #8!Some of George Lucas‘ changes to Star Wars‘ Original Trilogy have baffled viewers for decades, but one Han Solo comic has now revealed an in-universe reason for one of his strangest changes. Han’s trust is hard to earn, and his trust issues reframe this seemingly odd change as perfectly in character.
In 1997, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise, the original Star Wars trilogy movies were all given ‘Special Editions’ which not only cleaned up the original footage but also added new special effects, changed lines of dialogue, and added new scenes and details. These changes have been massively controversial, especially since these new versions have become the default viewing experience, with the original cuts relegated to early VHS tapes. One such change occurs in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. In Return, where Han Solo tells Lando Calrissian, struggling above the Sarlacc Pit, that “It’s alright, trust me.” However, in the Special Edition, this line is changed to “It’s alright, I see much better now,” a reference to Han’s blindness upon being unfrozen from Carbonite.
With the release of Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #8 by Marc Guggenheim and David Messina, Han himself has now justified this change in-universe. When asked by new character Phaedra to trust her, Han remarks that, “I hate when people say trust me.” This is seemingly a reference to the line change from the original to Special Edition of RotJ, explaining that the original line of dialogue is in fact out of character for Han. This is a neat little Easter egg, giving hardcore fans a treat that doesn’t otherwise interrupt the story.
Han Solo’s Line Change Explained
This line makes a lot of sense for where Han’s character is at this point in his life. Han Solo & Chewbacca #8 is set some time before the Original Trilogy, in a time when Han had very few people he could actually trust. Before finding purpose with the Rebel Alliance, Han had no-one besides Chewbacca who could be considered a firm ally. Even friendly rivals like Lando Calrissian weren’t to be trusted, as Lando’s betrayal of Han in Episode V clearly shows. It took his experiences in the Original Trilogy to really begin to trust anyone.
This line also reveals something about how Han Solo views himself. Han’s hatred of the line suggests that he would never explicitly ask someone to trust him, which in turn suggests that he doesn’t believe he can be trusted. Han’s entire arc in Episode IV: A New Hope is about him discovering that there’s more to himself than simply wanting a smuggler’s paycheck, and his return to save Luke Skywalker during the film’s climactic Death Star trench run is as much a shock to him as to everyone else. Thanks to George Lucas‘ storytelling, Star Wars‘ audience know that Han has a heart of gold, but it takes Han time to discover this about himself.
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Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #8 is available now from Marvel Comics.