Han Solo, our favorite scoundrel, smuggler, lover, fighter and scruffy looking Nerf Herder.
We all love him and most kids wanna be him. But is all as it seems with the guy?
What how dare you? are the cries I can hear clattering away at the keyboard.
Let Take this a step at a time shall well.
When Han and Chewie are negotiating the price is 15 thousand, hes a known smuggler as no doubt Chewie being Hans boy has bigged him up already during his chat with Obi-Wan. then as soon as he mentions no Imperial entanglements, the price goes up to 17 Thousand, fair enough. thats cool, also Han stipulates 10 Thousand in advance. So after Luke sells his speeder hes already 10 Thousand up with a further 7 thousand hopefully coming from Bail Organa once they arrives safely at Alderran.
Okay the Han shot first thing. If you watch the remastered version of A New Hope whilst at gun point he still DRAWS HIS BLASTER without any clue if hes gonna be shot at, so it would still be a case of shot first ask questions later, it doesn’t matter if Greedo shot first or second the intent was there that was never taken away with the remastered version.
So Han is 10 Thousand credits up as we blast out of Mos Eisley.
Fast forward to the Death Star, he only wants to get his ship out and scram, we then find out Leia is held on this beast of a ship, Luke then proposes that they have to save her, it isnt until he mentions that she rich he shows and interest.
So we go along save the Princess and we are back on the ship and Leia talks to Han and the infamous line is mentioned
“Look, I ain’t in this for your revolution, and I’m not in it for you, princess. I expect to be well paid. I’m in it for the money”
– Han Solo (A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away)
So he hangs around attends the briefing and goes off to pay back Jabba, whoa lets back up..
Remember this little chat.
Han Solo: Marching into the detention area is not what I had in mind.
Luke Skywalker: But they’re going to kill her!
Han Solo: Better her than me!
Luke Skywalker: [pauses for a moment, then leans in close to Han] She’s rich.
Han Solo: Rich?
Luke Skywalker: Rich. Powerful. Listen, if you were to rescue her, the reward would be…
Han Solo: What?
Luke Skywalker: Well, more wealth than you can imagine!
Han Solo: I don’t know, I can imagine quite a bit!
Luke Skywalker: You’ll get it.
Han Solo: I better.
and of course Leias reply to the money incident
Princess Leia Organa You needn’t worry about your reward. If money is all that you love, then that’s what you’ll receive.
and get the money he surely does, they even show you him loading it with Chewie.
That’s a lot of cash in those heavy boxes.
Zip to the end of the Film Han makes a triumphant return and everyone gets medals even Chewie off screen (read the Marvel Chewbacca Mini series for this tit bit).
Everything is great. Happy Endings all round…… except
HAN STILL HAS ALL THE MONEY!!!
Don’t believe me, in Empire he states he still has to clear the bounty off his head after having a run in with a bounty hunter in Ord Mantell. He is off again to play off the debt.. with the money from the End of Star Wars.
But alas circumstances get in the way and by the end of the film after meeting with Boba Fett and Darth Vader hes a useless coffee table. Then we hit return and Jabba Dies without receiving his pay off.
Did it not occur to any of his Friends that he has this cash and they could’ve strolled up to Jabba and gone “Hello, Mr T Hutt. Here’s that money that your wall ornament owed you, with a little on top for your troubles, he tried to get it back but you know stuff happens.” no they decided to threaten and blow him up etc.
Which leaves us with this final question where is the money?
No so did he stash it?
Probably, who knows where, Ill tell you who Chewie did so Han and Chewie are still up on the deal at the end of Return of the Jedi the 10k from Luke and the remainder of what ever the Rebellion gave him.
So I leave you with this. Han Solo great guy in a fire fight and a friend, but on a night out with him always meet him as a cash point so he has his own money because if you give him any you wont ever see it again.
May the Force be with you …Always