HUGE SPOILERS: Star Wars: The Force Awakens: One Sleeps and One Awakens!

MAJOR SPOILERS FROM STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS WILL BE DISCUSSED HERE!

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Right now, there’s a story making the rounds that either Han or Chewie dies. Epicstream reports:

He watched a scene being shot at Greenham common airbase in which Leia is sad and says ‘I don’t know how he will cope without him’, my source told me Han Solo dies, I quizzed him and he said he just presumed, I then asked who was she talking to, he said a couple of Wookiees but now Chewy, I asked him could you have meant that Chewy dies, he said that might of been the case, he didn’t know just that one of them does.

I stated back in February that Han Solo’s death was filmed.  Since the initial report a lot of information has been uncovered. There were a few minor errors, like BB-8 being with the heroes, but he’s not; he’s in the X-wing fighter with Poe. Here’s how I understand the general events of the final act of the film to break down:

  • Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Finn crash land the Falcon on the snow planet. The Falcon is going really fast, Han slams on the brakes and the Falcon slips by the Starkiller base’s defenses. The ship stops cutting through trees. They sigh in relief. They’re alive. Han Solo is upset about Kylo Ren. Finn consoles him.
  • We then cut back to the Resistance Base. A character called Brance reports to Leia that the Falcon made it. General Organa (Leia) gives the go-ahead for the attack to commence. We then see X-wings departing for their attack run. Poe tells BB-8 to stand by. We see the X-wings flying low and fast.
  • Kylo Ren returns to the Starkiller base brig to find that Rey has slipped away and escaped from his custody. Kylo gets very annoyed and agitated.
  • Han, Chewie, and Finn walk in the snow towards the Starkiller base. Finn opens up about his past to the two. They understand why Finn did what he did. They approach a giant tunnel or exhaust port for the Starkiller base (on the way there they fight some Stormtroopers here and there and Finn uses the lightsaber instead of a blaster). They find an elevator and get in.
  • The Starkiller “superweapon” is then charged up 52% (The First Order recharges the weapon after using it on Korr Sella’s ship and Maz’s castle/pub earlier in the film).
  • Rey is free from her captivity and enters the walls of the fortress. She uses the skills she’s acquired scavenging Star Destroyers on Jakku to jump around and avoid legions of First Order Stormtroopers. She’s totally comfortable doing this and it is an everyday thing for her.
  • The elevator door opens and Han, Chewie, and Finn are looking at Stormtroopers. Their luck has run out. Han charges the Stormtroopers, defeating them. Finn helps by using the Skywalker lightsaber.
  • The codes they hoped to use to shut down the shield defenses of the base have been changed. Han tells Finn he’s going to have to use his lightsaber. Finn doubts himself but Han believes in him and Finn uses the lightsaber and dismantles the shield’s power.
  • Back at the Resistance Base a technician reports to General Organa that the shields are down, the attack can commence. We cut to Poe who orders his fighters to attack. Gorwyn copies Poe and Blue and Red Squadrons go in!
  • TIE fighters and Imperial transports land beside the Falcon wreckage. Stormtroopers investigate and give the all clear that she ship is empty to Kylo Ren. Kylo Ren enters the ship, walks into the cockpit, and sits down it in, remorseful. He is filled with despair. However, the moment is broken by Poe and his X-wings flying overhead towards the Starkiller weapon. Kylo gets up and runs to respond to the attack.
  • General Hux sends TIE fighters to intercept the X-wings approaching the Starkiller weapon. Hux reports the weapon is charged to 71%.
  • Poe calls in where the enemy gun fire is coming from. Nien Nunb calls in his targets. Some X-wings are destroyed by TIEs and others fly with determination towards the target. We see more TIE fighter pilots running for their ships. Meanwhile Gorwyn takes out some TIE fighters while Poe takes care of the guns on the ground.
  • Gliv reports to General Organa that the guns are down. Things are looking up for the Resistance.
  • Above the Starkiller base, there is a quiet before the storm and all is still peaceful. Two Star Destroyers patrol the sky above it.
  • General Hux reports that there’s been an incursion on one of his Star Destroyers.
  • The First Order’s Captain Trilla reports in that all is fine. Then all is not fine. General Organa’s “Sledgehammer” steamrolls through the ship and everything goes sideways as the ship careens out of control. General Hux, down at the Starkiller control room, calls for the array to be activated.
  • Moments before the array is fired, Poe is hit and his X-wing begins to go down while BB-8 works on stabilizing the ship. He sees the array being initiated. The array fires, taking out all First Order and Resistance ships in space.  We see shots of TIE fighter pilots and X-wing pilots being killed and screaming in their cockpits as they’re hit and destroyed.
  • Han, Chewie, and Finn make a plan to blow up the base without air support as things looks pretty bad up there. They spot Rey as she pops out of the side of a wall. Rey is touched the group returned for her. Their interaction embarasses Finn. They look up to the sky to see General Organa’s “Sledgehammer” coming apart as the array tears through everything.
  • Gliv reports to Leia that the “Sledgehammer” is lost. Beaten, General Organa calls for the complete withdrawal of Resistance forces. Poe is screaming for his ships to clear out. We then see X-wing pilots saddened to hear they are being called off. Poe argues with General Organa that they can still complete the mission. General Organa breaks the news to Poe that his team is all that is left.
  • Discouraged, Poe turns his ship around. Flying low, he looks down and sees Han and Chewie hustling towards a critical part of the base. Hope is still alive! Meanwhile Kylo Ren heads towards the ramparts of the Starkiller base. We cut back to Poe telling General Organa that Solo and his team are alive! General Organa is elated to hear the news!
  • Han and Chewie head for the ramparts of the base!
  • Rey and Finn jump on a speeder bike following Han and Chewie. They are chased by a Snowtrooper and they take him out.
  • The Starkiller weapon is now charged up to 92%. The technician reports this to General Hux.
  • Han Solo and Chewbacca fight Stormtroopers, defeating them all. Moments later Kylo finds the dead Stormtroopers. One that has not expired tells Kylo that Han Solo is here.
  • Rey and Finn arrive at an entrance at a different part of the base, following Solo. They can’t get in but there’s a giant hatch, Rey uses her free climbing skills to hop up top and open the hatch. Meanwhile, Han and Chewie are dividing their explosives. They begin placing all the charges. They place all the charges and move down to the next level and they do this for some time.
  • Kylo Ren meets up with his Stormtroopers. They open a giant door for him. He looks into an abyss. Kylo senses something is very off down there. Stormtroopers march away, and we see Chewie hiding, having just planted some more charges.
  • As Rey and Finn approach the ramparts of the Starkiller base, the sun sets.
  • General Hux reports that the weapon is now fully charged.
  • General Organa’s war room is quiet. She stands proud, ready to die for what she believes in.
  • Kylo stalks the ramparts. Chewie is still hidden. Han Solo decides to reveal himself. Finn and Rey look down and see the encounter between Han and Kylo. Chewie climbs up and away from Kylo’s field of vision.
  • Kylo Ren murders Han Solo in cold blood.
  • Leia feels what happens and has the wind knocked out of her.
  • Chewie begins to fire his crossbow at Kylo. Stormtroopers spot Finn and Rey and they run but soon can’t run any further. Chewie heroically gets to the button and sets off the charges. Explosions cause havoc and Kylo Ren flees the location.
  • Inside General Hux’s control room, there is pure panic. The system is offline. Meanwhile Kylo Ren enters the forest.
  • Finn chases Kylo into the forest. Their red and blue laser swords clash. Finn holds his own against Kylo as he fights fiercely. However, Kylo disarms Finn, injuring him. Rey picks up the lightsaber and duels Kylo for some time.
  • Back at the control room, young technicians refuse to follow General Hux’s orders. The parade ground of the base below gives way. General Hux reports to Supreme Leader Snoke that all is lost and he has failed. The Starkiller base crumbles and implodes thanks to the charges Han Solo and Chewbacca set.
  • The area is unstable and the side of the mountain where Rey and Finn are fighting Kylo gives way. Kylo is separated from Finn and Rey. His fate is uncertain in the chaos. Rey and Finn hold on to the side of the precipice. The Falcon shows up, piloted by Chewbacca! Chewbacca comes down the ramp of the Falcon, jumps out, and pulls up Rey and Finn with his Wookiee strength, saving the kids.
  • The Falcon flies away as the Starkiller weapon shuts down for good.
  • The Falcon returns to the Resistance Base to crowds cheering for them.
  • C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8 take the lightsaber to the map room. There they use it to solve the puzzle.
  • Rey goes to the medical ward and says goodbye to Finn. She has some business to take care of. General Organa and Rey have a fond farewell together.
  • Chewie, Rey, and BB-8 get on the Falcon.  To break the tension, Chewie musses Rey’s hair. She smiles.  The Falcon takes off. Poe Dameron, General Organa, Finn, and Maz wave as the ship departs for its next adventure.
  • The next we see the Falcon it is heading for the sea and comes to a giant mountain. The ship lands. Chewie and BB-8 stay on the ship. Rey departs down the Falcon’s ramp. Rey climbs stone steps. Rey finds Luke Skywalker and returns what belongs to him…
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