J.J. Abrams Explains What You’ve Been Wondering About That Han Solo Scene in The Force Awakens

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Not only did a lot of action related to The Force Awakens happen off-screen due to its nature as part of Disney’s new sprawling, multimedia Star Wars canon, but the movie itself didn’t go out of its way to over-explain things to the audience. One scene that stuck out as an example of that was Han Solo’s fateful meeting with Kylo Ren—two dudes who don’t really have a habit of showing their true feelings.

Fans will certainly continue to have their own opinions as to what was going through the characters’ heads moments before Han Solo met his fate at the hands of his son, but thanks to a snippet of commentary, we now know where director J.J. Abrams’ head was at. As he explains in the clip above (released by USA Today), fans certainly picked up on the ominous setting, but Kylo Ren didn’t set out with a full conviction to murder his father, but he ultimately couldn’t bring himself to accept the truth in Han’s words.

By now, we all know what happened after that, but what will be truly interesting to see is how the next two movies handle Kylo’s character arc. Will he eventually come to regret this decision, especially since he knew, deep down, that it was a mistake all along, even if he wouldn’t admit it at the time? Star Wars is all about bringing people back to the light, after all.

The snippet of Abrams’ commentary comes from the 3D collector’s edition of The Force Awakens, which releases October 31 internationally and comes to the U.S. on November 15.

(image via Disney/Lucasfilm)

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