Schrödinger’s Greedo: Did Han Solo Really Shoot First?


It’s amazing how often I hear people cry out that Han shot first.  I, of course, am referring to the classic scene from Star Wars in which Han Solo shoots the Bounty Hunter Greedo in the Mos Eisley Cantina. The “controversy” comes from the fact that originally in the 1977 version Han shoots Greedo in the famous scene, while in the re-release Greedo shoots first, misses, and Han responds by shooting the hired gun.  Any Star Wars fan can and will tell you that Han shoots first, and that it is important that this happens as it helps define the true spirit of Han Solo.  In fact, I’ve never heard ANYONE (except Lucas) ever seriously say that Greedo shot first.  Han shots first, plain and simple, we don’t need to ever bring it up again, but I propose a new theory.  In the latest release of Star Wars, I believe you have both versions of the movie included when you buy it.  In one universe Han shoots first, and in the latter Greedo.  I propose that we are stuck in a Schrödinger’s cat situation where simultaneously both versions are canon.  Maybe if we can accept this we won’t have to argue about this anymore and can get back to more important geek quandaries in our culture.  So next time you are asked “who shot first,” remember that you don’t have to answer because the answer is obvious… Han shot first

…but so did Greedo.


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