While there are still plenty of mysteries wrapped around the Christmas release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of the all-time biggest Star Wars franchise mysteries remains: 'Who Shot First?' A newly discovered draft of the script does answer this question. It has Han Solo getting off the first shot in his Mos Eisley cantina confrontation with Greedo, despite creator George Lucas claiming otherwise. Now, original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope star Peter Mayhew, who is reprising his role as Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, ends this debate with the definitive answer!
Yes, Chewbacca really knows who shot first. And he's sharing the script pages to prove it. It was Han all along. In fact, in this version, Greedo doesn't get a shot off at all. Peter Mayhew boldly states:
"This should settle the Original story of "who shot first" .. after all these years, it still feels like I'm leaking a story line - feeling amused."
In this version of the script, still titled Journal of the Whills, Greedo is not yet Greedo. He is a bounty hunter named Allen. Much of the dialogue is what we see in the movie, with Allen preparing to shoot Han, exclaiming, "I've been looking forward to this for a long time." Solo gets out the iconic line, "I bet you have!" before blasting poor Greedo to bits. George Lucas doesn't even have Greedo getting off a shot in this draft, nor does he have a gun pulled on Han, as he does in the movie. Despite this, George Lucas has claimed for years that Han Solo is not a cold blooded killer, and that Greedo shot first. He even re-edited the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in 1997 to prove this.
But the proof is here on the page. And there is no more trusted source than Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew. Hopefully this puts an end to the 'Who Shot First' debate, but as we saw earlier this week, when the original 'lost script' story broke, the conversation will carry on into the future. That is, unless Han Solo himself clarifies it on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Would director J.J. Abrams ever be so bold? Take a look at the original script pages: