Not much was known about Han Solo’s past except for the legendary rumors that he ran the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs and that he won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian in a game. Solo, however, helped clear up a lot about his past and it turns out that the film predicted much of his future as well. And I’m talking about one scene in particular.
Tobias Beckett is Han’s Ben Kenobi. He’s the older, wise guy who helps direct young Han through life and introduces him to the criminal world just like Ben Kenobi helped introduce Luke Skywalker to the concept of the Force and the Jedi. But unlike Ben who is clearly benevolent Beckett is a smuggler through and through and his life lessons are a lot more cynical.
At one point in Solo: A Star Wars Story Beckett berates Han for trying to bring Qi’ra back into his life. Han tells Beckett that Qi’ra is perfectly fine and will never try to do him wrong but Tobias knows better. He tells Han, and I quote, “Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.”
At first glance it seems that this disturbing wisdom is only a setup for Beckett’s betrayal later in the movie but actually it sums up Han’s entire life in a few words. Let me give you a quick rundown of Han’s journey after Solo.
In A New Hope Han has been a smuggler for quite a while and we see him as this cynical guy who shoots first and asks questions later. At this time in his life he was still living by the rule Beckett gave him all of those years ago.
But, after meeting Luke and eventually his future wife, Leia, he realized that there was genuine goodness in the world. He brought down his guard and began to trust the people around him.
In The Empire Strikes Back Han seems to forget that rule Beckett and it ends up biting him in the butt. In an attempt to evade the Empire Han Solo took Leia to Cloud City which was, at the time, governed by none other than his old friend, Lando Calrissian. He thought Lando was a good friend and that he would never double cross him. Oh how wrong he was.
He ended up getting frozen in carbonite but Lando was actually the good person Han believed that he was. He would later help save Han’s life and all bad blood between the two friends would be gone.
And that leads to Han’s conclusion. Remember, Beckett said to Han all those years ago when he was a young smuggler trying to make it in the world, “Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.” Han, using that philosophy, had survived for years but it was with Ben where his luck finally ran out.
Han, in that fateful moment, decided to trust his son. Trust that he would turn good again and come back to the parents that loved him so much. It’s this trust that would be his ultimate downfall and it’s kind of incredible when you look back on it.
Who knew one line in Solo could mean so much? And that’s why Star Wars is so fascinating. So many references and comments end up leading to something truly magnificent or an epic conclusion that had been foreshadowed years before in another movie.
Even though this is a rather somber conclusion to a beloved hero’s story it’s still a satisfactory ending to a character who’s pretty awesome.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.