Beware of MAJOR Spoilers to Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ye Who Enter Here
Solo: A Star Wars Story was a ride that not many survived. Unsurprisingly, quite a few of the new characters didn’t make it out of this Star Wars prequel. Han Solo and his cohorts didn’t always do the killing, but in a film filled with tons of space crime and thievery there are bound to be more than a few casualties. Sadly, the film didn’t make much out of anyone’s deaths or sacrifices. One of the many faults of the latest Star Wars film. The first two deaths suffer from this greatly.
Thandie Newton’s Val
Thandie Newton’s Val is a veteran of Tobias Beckett’s bare bones crew. However, on the first mission with Han Solo, she bites the bullet. While her job was to blow up the bridge in front of the train, she succeeds. Unfortunately, she is unable to get off the bridge as Imperial droids pin her down. She is forced to blow up the bridge with her still on it, in order to give Beckett and his crew a chance at claiming their prize.
Jon Favreau’s Rio Durant
Rio Durant is the third member of Tobias Beckett’s bare bones crew. He actually convinces Beckett to recruit Han Solo and Chewbacca onto the team. During their first mission together, Durant is piloting some type of cargo ship in order to steal hyperfuel from a supply train. The mission goes bad when a rival group led by Enfys Nest decides to try to steal their loot. Rio Durant is shot in the back of the shoulder while one of Enfys Nest’s men attempts to take down the cargo ship. Durant eventually succumbs to his wounds and dies.
Phoebe Waller Bridge’s L3-37
Tobias Beckett’s crew recruits Lando Calrissian and his co-pilot L3-3T for their second mission. That mission leads them to Kessel where the outspoken droid incites a rebellion on the mining colony. While the rest of the crew tries to escape on the Millennium Falcon, L3-3T continues to lead the fight to free the slaves. Unfortunately, the character is gunned down in front of Lando. The droid’s death is probably the most emotional of the entire film. Asking Lando what’s happening as her circuits spark for the final time. While her body is destroyed, Lando and Han are able to add her motherboard to the Millennium Falcon and is apparently the reason the Falcon is referred to as “she.”
Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett
The final two casualties of the film tie up most of the loose ends. Han “shoots first” when he finally deals with Tobias Beckett in the final scenes of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Throughout the entire film Beckett has told Han not to trust anyone. He learned that lesson well, after the obviously foreshadowed betrayal of Beckett happens. Though Beckett then double-crosses Dryden Vos after double-crossing Han, he still gets his in the end. Han pulls out his blaster and puts him down right as he’s trying to make his “getaway.”
Paul Bettany’s Dryden Vos
Dryden Vos goes out in a more fantastical fashion, as he and Qi’ra have an elaborate knife fight towards the end of the film. Qi’ra deals the final blow by jamming a curved knife into Vos’s chest. The fight between Qi’ra and Vos is actually spoiled in the trailers. Audiences are shown the effects of Vos’s searing red blade the first time he’s seen, but he only fights once. Turns out he wasn’t as skilled as his lieutenant Qi’ra.
Emilia Clarke’s character is one of the few additions to the Star Wars mythology that survived the film. As Han and Chewie ride off to win back the Falcon, she rides back to the Crimson Dawn gang and it’s mysterious master.
As many know, Disney could turn Solo: A Star Wars Story into its own franchise. Even though it ends just as Chewbacca and Han are making their way to the familiar dunes of Tatooine. That new franchise might be going to Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian. Hopefully, Lando’s film flies a little higher.