This 'The Mandalorian' Concept Art Is Sparking One Of The Oldest 'Star Wars' Debates

It's well known that Star Wars fans don't do things in half measures. When there is a debate about something, the fans will hold on to their opinions and fight with them to the bitter end. The oldest and fiercest debate is the one simply known as "Han shot first."

In the original Star Wars film, Han Solo, played by, at the time, relatively unknown actor Harrison Ford is cornered in the Mos Eisley cantina by the Rodian bounty hunter Greedo. As they talk, Han casually takes his gun out and shoots Greedo from under the table after a cool line. It's a pretty awesome moment, and it does a lot to showcase Han's character right off the bat. In the original film released in 1977, Greedo doesn't get a shot off. In the Special Edition of the film, Greedo shoots first, giving Han the justification he needs to shoot Greedo from under the table.

However, as the films went on, some people agreed with George Lucas and didn't like that Han was the one who shot first, murdering Greedo as opposed to shooting back in self-defense. The rogue with the heart of gold would never do something so cold blooded. Never mind things like "character complexity" and "growth throughout the movie," our beloved Han Solo would never do something so horrid as to just gun down somebody who was pointing a blaster at him and assuring him that he was going to turn him in to the crime lord he owed money to.

But I digress. 

The Mandalorian has been not only one of the most beloved piece of Star Wars media from the past few years, but one of the most beloved TV shows period. Its main draw is that it's a typical western story set in the Star Wars universe. One of the cooler things they do in the show is show us concept art during the end credits. It adds to the overall feel of the show, and it gives fans a good glimpse at ideas the creators originally had. 

In the end credits of the second episode of season two, we see concept art of one of the more popular characters in the show, Peli Motto. She's leaning back with her feet on the table, playing cards with Dr. Mandible. If you examine her surroundings a little more thoroughly, you may notice that they are sitting in what appears to be the booth Han Solo and Greedo were at during the infamous moment. The most important piece for the argument is the blaster mark on the wall to the right of Motto. If it is the same booth, then that scorch mark could only be from one thing: Greedo's shot.

At the end of the day, it is just concept art, and the scorch mark doesn't actually appear in any episodes. A piece of concept art isn't canon, meaning that the rabid debate hasn't been solved. Lucas said that the Special Editions were the movies he always wanted to make, but couldn't with the technology he had available in the seventies and eighties. While there are certain issues with the Special Editions (such as animals walking directly across the screen blocking everything from view during the introduction of Mos Eisley), it is undeniable that things like the lightsaber effects have improved. If Lucas always wanted Greedo to shoot first, then that's his vision. In a video promoting the Star Wars Archives book, author Paul Duncan reveals Greedo shoots five frames before Han Solo.

At the end of the day, people will always have their opinions. Some think that it makes the character better if he shoots first, but the other side of the fence will say that it makes him a murderer, and that Lucas always intended for Greedo to get the first shot off. Whatever the case may be, I think we can all agree that Harrison Ford looked freaking cool while shooting under the table.

Source(s): Inverse

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